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Subway closes early, March 20 to 23: Lawrence to St Clair

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The TTC is closing Line 1 Yonge - University subway between Lawrence and St Clair stations earlier than usually Monday, March 20 until Thursday, March 23. Line 1 subway trains operate only between Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and St Clair stations and between Finch and Lawrence stations after 11 p.m. those days.

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 line — the TTC’s future Line 5 Eglinton. And, TTC contractors continue a project to rehabilitate the northbound platforms at Davisville Station, while the line is closed.

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

Since Lawrence Station is not yet an accessible station, if you’re travelling southbound along Line 1 and need an accessible connection, exit the train at York Mills Station and ask a TTC customer service employee for help or directions.

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.”

The TTC is closing this section of Line 1 once more during March:

  • Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26 — York Mills to Bloor — all day — signal upgrades.

Shuttle buses

(We’ve based this part of the post on information available from TransSee, a web application that provides real-time bus tracking and predicts the location of the next vehicles at a stop. TransSee supplied the information during a previous, similar closure.)

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 to avoid stress and crowds. Leave extra time in your schedule and expect longer travelling times those days.

While shuttle buses operate frequently, they will 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. Or board buses along the 97 Yonge route to travel to and from stops on Yonge north of Davisville Station.

Ride buses or streetcars along 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.
  • Buses along the 84 Sheppard West route 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 the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line and board the 1 Yonge - University line 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 route 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 504 King route and board the subway at St. Andrew Station, instead of King Station.