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TTC reveals service plans for York U busway



Update — November 14: The full busway opens on Sunday, November 22.


Update — September 5: The City and TTC is opening just one part of the busway — the north-south roadway between York Boulevard and Murray Ross Parkway on York University’s Keele Campus — tomorrow, Sunday, September 7.


The supplementary agenda for tomorrow’s meeting of the Toronto Transit Commission lists a staff report recommending changes to bus routes when the City of Toronto and the TTC open the 6-kilometer-long busway between York University and Downsview Station in September.

The report proposes that the TTC revise the routes of its 104 Faywood; 105 Dufferin North; 117 Alness; and 196 York University Rocket services.

The TTC and City expect to open the new bus-only roadway in September. The TTC proposes to reroute its buses on Sunday, September 6, so the roadway will likely open then.

The busway project includes:

  • building new bus entrances and exits onto William R. Allen Road to and from Downsview Station;
  • converting the curb lanes on Allen Road and Dufferin Street south of the hydro corridor to full-time bus-only lanes;
  • building a new east-west bus-only roadway in the hydro corridor north of Finch Avenue between Keele and Dufferin Streets; and
  • building a new north-south bus-only roadway on York University lands between Murray Ross Parkway and York Boulevard.
117 Alness

Before 3 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Dufferin Street and Finch Avenue West, then proceed:

southward along Dufferin and Allen Road, using the bus-only lanes to Downsview Station,
entering the station from Allen Road and ending their trips.

After 3 p.m., southbound buses operate along their regular route to Alness Street and Martin Ross Avenue, then proceed:

southward along Alness;
eastward along the busway;
southward along Dufferin Street to Finch Avenue West; and then
southward along Dufferin and Allen Road, using the bus-only lanes to Downsview Station,
entering the station from Allen Road and ending their trips.

Before 3 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, northbound buses start their trips at Downsview Station, leaving the station directly onto Allen Road, then proceed:

northward along Allen and Dufferin Street, using the bus-only lanes;
westward along the busway; and then
northward along Alness Street to Martin Ross Avenue,
resuming their regular route northward along Alness or westward along Martin Ross (during Monday-to-Friday morning rush hours).

After 3 p.m., northbound buses start their trips at Downsview Station, leaving the station directly onto Allen Road, then proceed:

northward along Allen and Dufferin Street, using the bus-only lanes to Finch Avenue West; and then
resuming their current route northward along Dufferin.

If the transit commissioners approve the report, the TTC would introduce bus service along Alness Street south of Martin Ross Avenue and remove service on Martin Ross between Alness and Dufferin Street for the first time since the late 1960s.

Buses operating on the 104 Faywood route serve stops along Wilson Heights Boulevard between Kennard Avenue and Sheppard Avenue West.

105 Dufferin North

Southbound buses operate along their current route to Dufferin Street and Finch Avenue West, then proceed:


southward along Dufferin and Allen Road, using the bus-only lanes to Downsview Station,
entering the station from Allen Road and ending their trips.

Northbound buses start their trips at Downsview Station, leaving the station directly onto Allen Road, then proceed:

northward along Allen and Dufferin Street, using the bus-only lanes to Finch Avenue West; and then
resuming their current route northward along Dufferin.

Buses operating on the 104 Faywood route serve stops along Wilson Heights Boulevard between Kennard Avenue and Sheppard Avenue West.

104 Faywood

Buses would operate between Downsview and Wilson Stations.

Buses traveling toward Wilson Station, start their trips at Downsview Station, then proceed:

eastward along Sheppard Avenue West;
northward along Wilson Heights Boulevard;
westward along Kennard Avenue;
northward along Dufferin Street;
eastward along Finch Avenue West; and then
southward along Wilmington Boulevard to Overbrook Place,
resuming their current route southward along Wilmington.

Buses traveling toward Downsview Station reverse this routing.

Buses replace the current 117 Alness and 105 Dufferin North service along Wilson Heights Boulevard between Kennard Avenue and Sheppard Avenue West.

196 York University Rocket

This route serves 23,000 passengers daily. Rerouting buses to the busway would reduce the traveling time between York and Downsview by 15 minutes.

During Monday-to-Friday rush hours, southbound buses would start their trips at York Commons in the Keele Campus of York University, then proceed:

eastward along York Boulevard;
southward along Ian Macdonald Boulevard;
westward along The Pond Road;
southward along Sentinel Road;
eastward along Murray Ross Parkway and the busway;
southward along Dufferin Street to Finch Avenue West; and then
southward along Dufferin and Allen Road, using the bus-only lanes to Downsview Station,
entering the station from Allen Road.

Buses serve all stops between York Common and Sentinel Road and Murray Ross Parkway, then stop only on Murray Ross at the busway, Dufferin Street at Finch Avenue West and at Downsview Station.

Some buses end their trips at Downsview Station. Other buses continue along Sheppard Avenue West to Sheppard - Yonge Station.

At all other times of the week, southbound buses start their trips at York Common, as currently, then proceed:

westward along York Boulevard;
southward along the busway;
eastward along Murray Ross Parkway and the busway;
eastward along the busway; and then
southward along Dufferin Street to Finch Avenue West; and then
southward along Dufferin and Allen Road, using the bus-only lanes to Downsview Station,
entering the station from Allen Road.

Buses stop only on Murray Ross Parkway at the north-south busway, Dufferin Street at Finch Avenue West and at Downsview Station.

Before 10 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, some buses end their trips at Downsview Station. Other buses continue along Sheppard Avenue West to Sheppard - Yonge Station. After 10 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, all buses end their trips at Downsview Station.

At all times of the week except Monday-to-Friday afternoon rush hours, northbound buses leave Downsview Station directly onto Allen Road, then proceed:

northward along Allen and Dufferin Street, using the bus-only lanes;
westward along the busway and Murray Ross Parkway;
northward along the busway; and then
westward along York Boulevard to York Common on the Keele Campus of York University,
ending their trips.

Buses stop only at Dufferin Street and Finch Avenue West, on Murray Ross Parkway at the north-south busway and at York Common.

During Monday-to-Friday afternoon rush hours, northbound buses leave Downsview Station directly onto Allen Road, then proceed:

northward along Allen and Dufferin Street, using the bus-only lanes;
westward along the busway and Murray Ross Parkway;
northward along Sentinel Road;
eastward along The Pond Road;
northward along Ian Macdonald Boulevard; and then
westward along York Boulevard to York Common,
ending their trips.

Buses serve stops at Dufferin Street and Finch Avenue West and on Murray Ross Parkway at the north-south busway and all stops between Murray Ross and Sentinel and York Common.

Buses operating on the 106 York University local route would continue to serve stops along Sentinel Road between Murray Ross Parkway and Finch Avenue West. Buses operating on the 36 Finch West route would continue to serve stops along Finch Avenue West between Sentinel Road and Keele Street. Buses operating on the 41 Keele and 107 Keele North routes would continue to serve the stops on Keele Street at Finch Avenue West.


You can read the staff report — including maps of the proposed new routings — here. (.pdf)

You can read the supplementary agenda for Monday’s transit commission meeting here.


York Region Transit will also operate its Viva orange buses along the busway between York University and Downsview Station. Brampton Transit, GO Transit and York University’s own shuttle bus service (.pdf)between the Glendon and Keele Campuses may also use the new bus-only road.


If parts of the roadway open earlier than September, the TTC may temporarily reroute the bus services earlier, too.