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No subway service, May 8, 9: Lawrence to St Clair



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The TTC is closing part of Line 1 Yonge - University subway between Lawrence and St Clair stations all day Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9. (It’s also closing the line between Sheppard - Yonge and Lawrence stations before noon Saturday.) Line 1 trains operate only between Finch and Sheppard - Yonge stations and between St Clair and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre stations before noon Saturday. They operate only between Finch and Lawrence stations and between St Clair and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre stations after noon Saturday and all day Sunday.

Frequent shuttle buses partly replace the trains, stopping in subway station bus terminals or on the street near each station of the closed section of the line.

(Or, consider a shuttle-bus alternative.)

While this section of Line 1 is closed, Metrolinx contractors continue working on the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit.

All stations remain open so you can pay fares or connect with TTC buses and streetcars.

According to a TTC news release, “While the TTC does most subway maintenance at the conclusion of service each night, it continues to require weekend and early weeknight closures to complete critical infrastructure and [signal] upgrades.”

Although shuttle buses are accessible, Wheel-Trans is also available for each station. Since Lawrence Station is not yet accessible, if you’re travelling southbound along Line 1 towards Lawrence Station and you need an elevator, then exit the train at York Mills Station and ask any TTC customer-service staff member for Wheel-Trans.


The TTC is closing this section of Line 1 once more in May:

  • Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16 - Sheppard - Yonge to St Clair - maintenance.

Shuttle buses

(We’ve based this part of the post available from TransSee during a previous closure of this section of Line 1. TransSee is a web application that provides real-time bus tracking and predicts the location of the next vehicles at a stop.)

Shuttle buses operate along two different routes this weekend:


Before noon, Saturday, May 8

Southbound shuttle buses start their trips in the bus terminal at Sheppard - Yonge Station, then proceed:

westward along Sheppard Avenue West;
northward along Beecroft Road;
eastward along Elmhurst Avenue; southward along Yonge Street to St. Clair Avenue.

Southbound passengers exit from buses on the north side of St. Clair Avenue East, just east of Yonge Street, beside the main entrance for St Clair Station. The buses then proceed:

eastward along St. Clair East;
southward along Avoca Avenue;
westward along Pleasant Boulevard; and then
northward into St Clair Station [lower] bus terminal,
ending their trips.

Northbound passengers board the buses in the lower bus terminal.

The buses then proceed:

westward along Pleasant Boulevard;
northward along Yonge Street;
westward along Sheppard Avenue West; and then
northard into Sheppard - Yonge Station bus terminal,
ending their trips.


After noon, Saturday, May 8
All day, Sunday, May 9

Southbound shuttle buses start their trips on York Mills Road, beside the entrance / exit for York Mills Station, then proceed:

eastward along York Mills; and then southward along Yonge Street to St. Clair Avenue.

Southbound passengers exit from buses on the north side of St. Clair Avenue East, just east of Yonge Street, beside the main entrance for St Clair Station. The buses then proceed:

eastward along St. Clair East;
southward along Avoca Avenue;
westward along Pleasant Boulevard; and then
northward into St Clair Station [lower] bus terminal,
ending their trips.

Northbound passengers board the buses in the lower bus terminal.

The buses then proceed:

westward along Pleasant Boulevard;
northward along Yonge Street;
eastward along Old York Mills Road; and then
westward along York Mills Road to beside the entrance / exit for York Mills Station,
ending their trips.


Shuttle-bus alternatives

Plan your trips on the subway ahead of time late evenings this week to avoid stress. Leave extra time in your schedule and expect longer traveling times after 11 p.m.

While shuttle buses operate frequently, they may be crowded.

Regular TTC buses and streetcars provide less frequent, less direct, but, perhaps, less stressful alternatives. Consider travelling along the University branch, instead of the Yonge branch, to and from downtown Toronto and avoid the shuttle buses entirely.

Ride buses or streetcars on routes serving streets north or south of the closure to reach stations on the University branch.

Shuttle-bus alternatives are available:


Before noon, Saturday, May 8

North of the closure area:

  • Buses along the 36 Finch West route and board the subway at Finch West Station, instead of Finch Station.

At the closure area:

  • Buses along the 84 Sheppard West and 984 Sheppard West express routes and board the subway at Sheppard West Station, instead of Sheppard - Yonge Station.
  • Buses along the 96 Wilson or 165 Weston Rd North routes and board the subway at Wilson Station, instead of York Mills Station.
  • Buses along the 52 Lawrence West route and board the subway at Lawrence West Station, instead of Lawrence Station.
  • Buses along the 32 Eglinton West route and board the subway at Eglinton West Station, instead of Eglinton Station.
  • Streetcars along the 512 St. Clair route and board the subway at St. Clair West Station, instead of St. Clair Station.

South of the closure area:

  • Trains along Line 2 Bloor - Danforth and board Line 1 Yonge - University at St. George Station, instead of Yonge Station.
  • Buses along the 506 Carlton route and board the subway at Queen’s Park Station, instead of College Station.
  • Streetcars along the 505 Dundas and 506 Carlton routes and board the subway at St. Patrick Station, instead of Dundas Station.
  • Streetcars and buses along the 501 Queen route and board the subway at Osgoode Station, instead of Queen Station.
  • Streetcars along the 504A / 504B King route and board the subway at St. Andrew Station, instead of King Station.

After noon, Saturday, May 8
All day, Sunday, May 9

North of the closure area:

  • Buses along the 36 Finch West route and board the subway at Finch West Station, instead of Finch Station.
  • Buses along the 84 Sheppard West and 984 Sheppard West express routes and board the subway at Sheppard West Station, instead of Sheppard - Yonge Station.
  • Buses along the 96 Wilson or 165 Weston Rd North routes and board the subway at Wilson Station, instead of York Mills Station.

At the closure area:

  • Buses along the 52 Lawrence West route and board the subway at Lawrence West Station, instead of Lawrence Station.
  • Buses along the 32 Eglinton West route and board the subway at Eglinton West Station, instead of Eglinton Station.
  • Streetcars along the 512 St. Clair route and board the subway at St. Clair West Station, instead of St. Clair Station.

South of the closure area:

  • Trains along Line 2 Bloor - Danforth and board Line 1 Yonge - University at St. George Station, instead of Yonge Station.
  • Buses along the 506 Carlton route and board the subway at Queen’s Park Station, instead of College Station.
  • Streetcars along the 505 Dundas and 506 Carlton routes and board the subway at St. Patrick Station, instead of Dundas Station.
  • Streetcars and buses along the 501 Queen route and board the subway at Osgoode Station, instead of Queen Station.
  • Streetcars along the 504A / 504B King route and board the subway at St. Andrew Station, instead of King Station.
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