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73 Royal York

Compiled by Pete Coulman

September 3, 1963

A new route is established, replacing portions of 55 MIMICO and 69 QUEENSWAY, providing through service on Royal York Road between Lake Shore Boulevard and Bloor Street.

At the north end, buses loop via west on Meadowvale, north on Clivedon and east on Bloor before heading south on Royal York to Lake Shore, looping via east and north on Lake Shore and west on Lake Crescent to Royal York.

Buses operate out of Parkdale Garage, Mondays through Saturdays.

July 26, 1965

By now, Sunday service established between Bloor and Lake Shore. In addition, service is extended north of Bloor to Dixon, looping via Dixon Road, Roxaline and Royaleigh, Mondays through Fridays, rush hours and midday.

ROYAL YORK

73

LAKESHORE
B L O O R

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

ROYAL YORK

73A

LAKESHORE
DIXON RD

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

February 23, 1966

Buses now operate out of the new Queensway Garage

February 28, 1966

A new short turn service is added, operating during rush hours from Bloor Street via north on Royal York to Anglesey, looping via Anglesey, the Kingsway and Lambeth.

ROYAL YORK

73

LAKESHORE
B L O O R

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

ROYAL YORK

73A

LAKESHORE
DIXON RD

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

ROYAL YORK

73B

B L O O R
ANGLESEY

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

May 11, 1968

In conjunction with the extension of the BLOOR-DANFORTH SUBWAY to Islington, bus service on Royal York Road is split at the new Royal York subway station. Service south of Bloor now provided by the new 76 ROYAL YORK SOUTH bus with the remainder of the service north of the station operated by the original route. Service on the Anglesley branch discontinued. Buses operate out of Lansdowne garage.

ROYAL YORK

73A

D I X O N   R D
ROYAL YORK STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

September 6, 1971

Service extended north of Dixon via St. Philips, Humber, Weston Road, Albion Road and Islington to loop via Wardlaw and Barkwin, replacing some service on Albion Road that used to be operated by 93 WOODBRIDGE. Extended service operates Mondays through Saturdays, eighteen hours a day. The original 73A branch to Dixon Road also operates Mondays through Saturdays, but twelve hours a day, as well as all day Sundays.

ROYAL YORK

73

WARDLAW CRES
ROYAL YORK STN

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

ROYAL YORK

73A

D I X O N   R D
ROYAL YORK STN

Monday to Saturday, daytime hours
Sunday and holidays, 18 hours a day

March 14, 1976

Buses now operate out of Queensway garage.

January 28, 1978

Sunday service added to the Wardlaw (73) branch.

July 24, 1983 (or later)

With the opening of Malvern garage, service is transferred to Lansdowne garage.

November 20, 1988

Service transferred from Lansdowne garage to the new Arrow Road garage.

September 3, 1989

All buses now operate out of Queensway garage instead of Arrow Road garage.

November 25, 1990

With the opening of Finch Avenue between Islington Avenue and Albion Road, service around the Islington/Albion intersection is rationalized. 73 ‘Wardlaw’ buses are extended to run via Albion Road to an off-street loop at Humberline. Short turn service to Dixon Road is reduced to rush hours only.

ROYAL YORK

73

HUMBERLINE
ROYAL YORK STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

ROYAL YORK

73A

D I X O N   R D
ROYAL YORK STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

February 13, 1994

Service north of Dixon Road to Humberline discontinued on weekends and holidays. Buses turn around using the Dixon Road branch instead.

February 18, 1996

Due to the loss of provincial subsidies towards public transit, service north of Dixon Rd on St. Phillips, Weston Rd and Albion Rd. after 10 p.m., Saturday or after 7 p.m., and all day Sunday service is eliminated. Monday to Friday morning rush frequent service reduced and early evening service reduced to every 20 minutes. Saturday and Sunday late evening service reduced to every 30 minutes.

May 3, 1999

A new rush hour branch is added to provide service on La Rose, north of Eglinton. Buses operate from Royal York station via north on Royal York, looping via east on La Rose, south on Scarlett and west on Eglinton to Royal York, returning via the reverse route.

The initial proposal for this branch called for buses to loop via La Rose, Scarlett, Richview Road and a special bus-only laneway connecting Richview Road with Eglinton Avenue. However, no such connection materialized.

SOUTHBOUND

 

NORTHBOUND

73

ROYAL YORK

 

 

 

TO ROYAL YORK STN

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

73

ROYAL YORK

 

TO HUMBERLINE

Monday to Friday, daytime and early evenings
Saturdays, daytime

 

 

 

73A

ROYAL YORK

 

TO DIXON ROAD

Monday to Friday, rush hours and late evenings
Weekends and holidays, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

73B

ROYAL YORK

 

TO LA ROSE

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

February 13, 2000

Saturday late evening (after 10 p.m.) and Sunday evening (after 7 p.m.) service on the Dixon loop revised to run via east on Dixon, south on Scarlett and west on Lawrence, so as not to disturb local residents. No change to destination signs.

October 16, 2000

A new rush hour branch extends service on Albion Road northwest from Humberline to loop counterclockwise via Claireport Road.

SOUTHBOUND

 

NORTHBOUND

73

ROYAL YORK

 

 

 

TO ROYAL YORK STN

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

73

ROYAL YORK

 

TO HUMBERLINE
VIA ALBION ROAD

Monday to Friday, daytime and early evenings
Saturdays, daytime

 

 

 

73A

ROYAL YORK

 

TO DIXON ROAD

Monday to Friday, rush hours and late evenings
Weekends and holidays, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

73B

ROYAL YORK

 

TO LA ROSE

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

 

 

 

73C

ROYAL YORK

 

TO CLAIRPORT
VIA ALBION ROAD

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

November 23, 2008

As part of the TTC’s Ridership Growth Strategy, service on the 73C Clareport branch is increased to operate at intervals of 30 minutes or better throughout the day, seven days a week, whenever the subway is open. As a result, 73C service replaces the 73 ‘Humberline’ branch which also restores weekday late evening, Saturday evening and all day Sunday service north of Dixon. Similarly, service on the 73B ‘La Rose’ branch improved to operate at thirty minutes or better, seven days a week, whenever the subway is open. Service on the 73A ‘Dixon Road’ branch is reduced to a rush hour short turn service, providing additional service between Royal York station and Dixon Road. As a result of this, Royal York buses no longer need to loop via Dixon Road, Scarlett Road and Lawrence Avenue during weekend evenings and Sundays.

SOUTHBOUND

 

NORTHBOUND

73

ROYAL YORK

 

 

 

TO ROYAL YORK STN

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

73A

ROYAL YORK

 

TO DIXON ROAD

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

 

 

 

73B

ROYAL YORK

 

TO LA ROSE

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

73C

ROYAL YORK

 

TO CLAIRPORT
VIA ALBION ROAD

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

July 20, 2010

As of the time of this writing, the bulk of 73 ROYAL YORK’s service is provided by the 73C branch to Clairport. Buses operate every 18 minutes during rush hours, every 15 minutes during midday weekdays, and every 17 minutes to 30 minutes during the evenings. On Saturdays, frequencies range from every 13 minutes during the day, to every 20 or 30 minutes during the evenings. On Sundays, service ranges from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes.

In addition to this, buses on the 73B ‘La Rose’ branch operate every 30 minutes between Royal York station and La Rose, every day of the week, whenever the subway is open. Further, rush hour service is augmented by the 73A ‘Dixon Road’ branch, with buses running every 18 to 20 minutes.

Service is accessible, and has been for some time.

May 8, 2011

As part of a general reallocation of resources, service on the 73B “La Rose” branch is eliminated after 7 p.m. every day. All buses in the evening run on the 73C “Clairport” branch.

September 6, 2015

Seven day a week evening service is restored to the 73B “La Rose” branch. Service on this branch operates at intervals of 30 minutes or better, whenever the subway is open. There is no reduction to any of the other branch services.

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73 ROYAL YORK transfer from March 29, 2017.

March 27, 2017

73A “Dixon Road” branch extended north of Dixon in a form of the 73D “Knob Hill and Oak”. Buses run from Royal York station via north on Royal York, north on St Phillips Road, north on Weston Road, east and south on Knob Hill Drive to Oak Street. Buses return via west on Oak Street, south on Weston Road, south on St Phillips Road, south on Royal York Road to Royal York station.

SOUTHBOUND

 

NORTHBOUND

73

ROYAL YORK

 

 

 

TO ROYAL YORK STN

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

73B

ROYAL YORK

 

TO LA ROSE

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

73C

ROYAL YORK

 

TO CLAIRPORT
VIA ALBION ROAD

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

73D

ROYAL YORK

 

TO KNOB HILL and OAK

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

May 7, 2017

With construction at Royal York station taking the bus terminal out of service for approximately 18 months, buses on 73 ROYAL YORK and 76 ROYAL YORK SOUTH are interlined and no longer enter the station. Northbound buses will serve a stop outside the main station entrance. Southbound buses will serve stops southbound nearside on Royal York at Bloor.

August 4, 2019

With the completion of work on the bus roadway at Royal York station, the service on this route is no longer interlined with 76 ROYAL YORK SOUTH, and buses enter the bus terminal. It’s possible that this may have occurred before this date at the division’s discretion.

Also effective this date, late evening weekend and holiday service on the 73B “La Rose” branch ends. The last late evening weekend bus on this route operates at the end of the service day on Saturday, August 3.

March 30, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions, the 73D “Knob Hill and Oak” branch is temporarily discontinued. Stops 9931 - Knob Hill Drive at Weston Road and 5873 - Oak Street at Weston Road (this stop continues to be used by the 59 MAPLE LEAF) have temporarily taken out of service. Buses on the 73B and 73C branches continue to operate.


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