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Birchmount Garage

Text by Godfrey Mallion
Revised by Jelo Gutierrez Cantos

Ray Corley reports that “Vehicles for the new Birchmount Garage were moved to the facility at Birchmount Avenue and Danforth Road, from the Woodbine Garage (originally the Hollinger Bus Lines Garage, located at O’Connor Drive and Woodbine Avenue) on May 31, 1956. Buses operated from the Birchmount Garage starting on June 1, 1956. An official opening was held on August 2 1956.”

Originally, Birchmount Garage served twelve east-end routes, including 15 BRIMLEY, 20 CLIFFSIDE, 23 DAWES, 25 DON MILLS, 38 GERRARD, 43 KENNEDY, 51 MAIN, 62 MORTIMER, 70 O’CONNOR, 67 PHARMACY, 86 SCARBORO and 91 WOODBINE.

The 89,500 square foot garage has 2 wash racks, 2 fueling stations, 10 40-foot hoists, and 4 insection pit stations. The garage had the original storage bay in the west yard but the garage was rebuilt in 2001 with the brand 3 bus storage bays (bay 1 has 3 tracks, bay 2 has 6 tracks and bay 3 has 7 tracks) alongside with the UWE heating system for buses stored outdoors. A charging station with pantographs that has the ability to recharge electric buses was installed in April 2023. The garage houses a fleet of 212 NOVA LFS 40102 DSL and 10 NFI X-E40 BEV vehicles.

As of October 8, 2023, Birchmount Division operates the following routes:

Birchmount Garage Image Archive


  • Boutilier, Robert, Bus Maintenance and Shops - 1999 Insider’s Guide
  • Corley, Ray, Superintendent of Design and Development (Ret.), TTC.
  • The Coupler, TTC Employee Magazine, various issues
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