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Subway closes early, May 13 to 17 Sheppard - Yonge to St Clair

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The TTC is closing Line 1 Yonge - University subway between Sheppard - Yonge and St Clair stations earlier than usually, Monday, May 13 until Friday, May 17. Line 1 trains operate only between Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and St Clair stations and between Finch and Sheppard - Yonge stations after 11 p.m. those days.

Shuttle buses partially replace subway service. The buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops near each station on the closed section of the line. TTC staff are available in each to station to direct you to the shuttle-bus boarding and offloading locations.

(Or, consider a shuttle-bus alternative.)

Lawrence Station is closed. Board buses at temporary stops on Lawrence Avenue West, instead of in the station bus terminal:

  • 11C Bayview: eastbound at Yonge Street;
  • 52A / 52B Lawrence West: westbound at Lorindale Avenue (one block west of Yonge Street); and
  • 162 Lawrence - Donway: eastbound at Yonge Street.

All other stations on the closed section of Line 1 remain open so you can buy or pay for fares or connect to Line 4 Sheppard trains and other TTC buses and streetcars or GO Transit buses.

While this section of Line 1 is closed, TTC crews are maintaining the tracks. The TTC also likely continues working on the Easier Access elevator project at Lawrence Station. And, TTC contractors continue a project to rehabilitate the northbound platforms at Davisville Station, while the line is closed.

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 state-of-good-repair work.”

The TTC is closing this part of Line 1 twice more during May:

  • Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 - Sheppard - Yonge to St Clair - station improvements, track work.
  • Monday, May 27 until Friday, May 31 - Sheppard - Yonge to St Clair - close early - station improvements, track work.

Shuttle buses

(We’ve based this part of the post on information 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. This is unofficial information. The TTC may operate with a different service pattern during the closure.)

Southbound shuttle buses start their trips on Sheppard Avenue West beside the bus terminal at Sheppard - Yonge Station, then proceed:

westward along Sheppard Avenue West;
northward along Beecroft Road;
eastward along Elmhurst Avenue; 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;
westward along Sheppard Avenue West to beside Sheppard - Yonge Station bus terminal,
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.

At the closure area:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Buses 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.
  • Streetcars 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 along the 504 King route and board the subway at St. Andrew Station, instead of King Station.

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