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Subway opens late, May 8: Sheppard - Yonge to Lawrence



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The TTC is opening part of Line 1 Yonge - University subway later than usually this Saturday, May 8. The section of subway between Sheppard - Yonge and Lawrence stations opens by noon that day. The TTC is also closing the line between Lawrence and St Clair stations all day Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9.

Before noon May 8, Line 1 subway trains operate only between Finch and Sheppard - Yonge stations and between St Clair and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre stations. After noon Saturday, May 8 and all day Sunday, May 9, the train operate only between Finch and Lawrence stations and between St Clair and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre stations.

Shuttle buses partly replace subway service. The buses drop off or pick up passengers in the terminals at Sheppard - Yonge and St Clair stations and on the street near all other stations on the line.

(Or, consider a shuttle-bus alternative.)

All stations in the closure area remain open so that you can pay fares and connect with TTC buses and streetcars.

Note, however, that the TTC is closing exits / entrances at two stations:

  • at York Mills Station, the Old York Mills Road exit / entrance is closed. Use the other station entrances in the York Mills Centre and the Yonge Corporate Centre or at the corner of Yonge Street and Wilson Avenue.
  • at Lawrence Station, the automatic entrances / exits at Ranleigh Avenue and Bedford Park Avenue are closed. Use the entrances at Yonge Street and Lawrence Avenue.

Although shuttle buses are accessible, Wheel-Trans service is also available from all stations on the closed section of the line. Since Lawrence Station is not yet accessible, if you’re travelling southbound along Line 1 and need an accessible connection, exit the train at York Mills Station and ask any TTC customer service staff member for help.

While this section of Line 1 is closed, TTC crews are maintaining the tracks.


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.)

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.

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.

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.
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