TTC detours buses during Dufferin construction,
starting July 3 (*)



Starting Tuesday, July 3, City of Toronto and TTC contractors are starting major constructions projects along

  • Dufferin Street between Queen Street West and Springhurst Avenue.

Work crews will be

  • rebuilding watermains;
  • upgrading streetcar tracks;
  • rebuilding roads, curbs and sidwalks;
  • installing traffic signals; and
  • improving the streetscape by building walls and installing banner poles.

The City and TTC are scheduling and staging the project to avoid disrupting general traffic and transit services during the Canadian National Exhibition.

Phase 1 of the project starts early July, with contractors rebuilding watermains south of Springhurst Avenue. They’ll progress along Dufferin Street northward toward Queen Street West with some sidewalk and road work.

Phase 2 involves rebuilding the tracks, including road work, between Springhurst Avenue and Queen Street West. The watermain work resumes after the CNE is over.

The City requires the contractors to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction on Dufferin Street between King and Queen Streets West

Work will generally occurs from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. However, rebuilding the TTC tracks reconstruction phase involves periods of late evening and overnight work and longer weekend hours. The TTC’s overnight rail work may consist of moving rail into position and installing, welding and grinding rails.

After-hours work by TTC supports daytime construction and allows work crews to finish the project as quickly as possible.

The TTC is reorganizing bus service along the 29 Dufferin route to maintain schedules. It’s detouring some buses off Dufferin Street, while others continue to follow their regular route along Dufferin.


29 Dufferin

The TTC is splitting the service, with some buses ending their trips at Gladstone Avenue and Queen Street West, while others detour off part of Dufferin Street to continue to Exhibition Place.

Starting Tuesday, July 3, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops between Wilson Station and Tycos Drive every 5 minutes 15 seconds Mondays to Fridays during morning rush hours. They serve the stops every 3 minutes 45 seconds from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and from about 7 until 10 p.m. They serve the stops every 6 minutes during afternoon rush hours. They serve the stops every 3 minutes 15 seconds after 10 p.m.

Between Tycos Drive and Queen Street West, buses drop off or pick up passengers every 2½ minutes Mondays to Fridays during morning rush hours. They serve the stops every 3 minutes 45 seconds from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and from about 7 until 10 p.m. They serve the stops every 3 minutes during afternoon rush hours. They serve the stops every 3 minutes 15 seconds after 10 p.m.

South of Queen Street West, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops every 5 minutes 15 seconds Mondays to Fridays during morning rush hours. They serve the stops every 7&frac12 minutes from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and from about 7 until 10 p.m. They serve the stops every 6 minutes during afternoon rush hours. They serve the stops every 6½ minutes 15 after 10 p.m.

Starting Saturday, July 7, the buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops north of Queen Street West every 6 minutes 15 seconds before 8 a.m. Saturdays. They serve the stops every 3 minutes 45 seconds from about 8 a.m. until noon. They serve the stops every 3 minutes from about noon until 7 p.m. They serve the stops every 7 minutes 20 seconds from about 7 until 10 p.m. and every 10 minutes after 10 p.m.

South of Queen Street West, the buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops every 6 minutes 15 seconds before 8 a.m. Saturdays. They serve the stops every 7&frac12 minutes from about 8 a.m. until noon. They serve the stops every 6 minutes from about noon until 7 p.m. They serve the stops every 7 minutes 20 seconds from about 7 until 10 p.m. and every 10 minutes after 10 p.m.

Starting Sunday, July 8, the buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops north of Queen Street West every 10 minutes before 8 a.m. Sundays and holidays. They serve the stops every 5 minutes from about 8 a.m. until noon. They serve the stops every 3 minutes 23 seconds from about noon until 7 p.m. and they serve the stops every 10 minutes after 7 p.m.

**South of Queen Street West, the buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops every 10 minutes before noon Sundays and holidays. They serve the stops every 6 minutes 45 seconds from about noon until 7 p.m. and they serve the stops every 10 minutes after 7 p.m.

29 branch (between Wilson Station and Queen Street West)

Mondays to Fridays from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and from about 7 until 10 p.m., the TTC short-turns buses at Queen Street West.

Southbound buses operate along their regular route to Dufferin Street and Peel Avenue, then detour:

eastward along Peel; and then
southward along Gladstone Avenue to Queen Street West,
ending their trips.

Northbound buses start their trips on Gladstone Avenue, north of Queen Street West, then proceed:

southward along Gladstone; and then
westward along Queen Street West to Dufferin Street,
resuming their regular route northward along Dufferin.

Southbound passengers wanting to travel further south along Dufferin Street can exit buses on Gladstone Avenue, just north of Queen Street West, cross Queen West, then board buses operating along the 29D branch on the south side of Queen, across from Gladstone.

29A branch (between Tycos Drive and Queen Street West)

Mondays to Fridays during rush hours, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Dufferin Street and Peel Avenue, then detour:

eastward along Peel; and then
southward along Gladstone Avenue to Queen Street West,
ending their trips.

Southbound passengers wanting to travel further south along Dufferin Street can exit buses on Gladstone Avenue, just north of Queen Street West, cross Queen West, then board buses operating along the 29D branch on the south side of Queen, across from Gladstone.

Northbound buses start their trips on Gladstone Avenue, north of Queen Street West, then proceed:

southward along Gladstone; and then
westward along Queen Street West to Dufferin Street,
resuming their regular route northward along Dufferin.

29D branch (between Wilson Station and Princes’ Gates)

Seven days a week, buses operate along their regular route to Queen Street West and Dufferin Street, then detour:

eastward along Queen West;
southward along Shaw Street; and then
westward along King Street West to Dufferin Street,
resuming their regular route southward along Dufferin.

Southbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Dufferin Street south of Queen Street West, at Melbourne Street and King Street West.

Instead, southbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Queen Street West across from Gladstone Avenue, at Abell Street and Dovercourt Road, across from Ossington Avenue and at Shaw Street,
  • on Shaw Street across from Adelaide Street West and at King Street West and
  • on King Street West at Shaw Street, across from Jefferson Avenue and at Joe Schuster Way.

Northbound buses reverse the detour routing.

Northbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Dufferin Street across from Melbourne Street and at Queen Street West.

Instead, northbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on King Street West at Fraser and Atlantic Avenues and across from Sudbury Street.
  • on Shaw Street at Adelaide and Queen Streets West and
  • on Queen Street West at Ossington Avenue, Dovercourt Road and Beaconsfield and Gladstone Avenues.