A Full Transportation History of TTC Service on Bathurst Street



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Image courtesy the Toronto Archives.

I would like to take a moment to plug the hard work of the many contributors to this website. I don’t do that often enough. But without the photo contributions of Jelo Gutierrez-Cantos, the pictures and maps of Roman Formin, the contributions of Richard White and, of course, the tireless weblog activity of Robert Mackenzie, Transit Toronto would be a lot more static than I would like it to be. It’s a daunting task keeping a site like Transit Toronto fresh, and I am greatly appreciative of these and other contributors who have volunteered their time and effort.

I’d also like to draw attention to the work of three contributors in particular: Jeffrey Kay, Pete Coulman and John Calnan, who have collaborated to provide the bulk of our bus route histories here on Transit Toronto. When Aaron and I first launched this site over 16 years ago, it was enough for us to supply the route history of every subway line, and then every streetcar line, and then every trolley bus line. These histories were finite and didn’t change so often. I never thought that this site could tackle something as extensive as the TTC’s history of bus service. But today, we now have over 225 articles detailing the full chronological history of over three-quarters of the TTC’s bus routes that have operated since 1921.

In particular, be sure to check out the histories of 7 BATHURST, 160 BATHURST NORTH and 310 BATHURST NIGHT, just compiled by Jeffrey Kay with assistance from Pete Coulman. The history of the Bathurst bus is extensive, going back to the mid 1930s. The route is a simple single-branch now (well, three branches if you include 160 BATHURST NORTH and 310 BATHURST NIGHT), but back in the day it was sprawlingly complex, with branch designations going as high as 7J. Pulling all of that together into a single document was a mammoth task that deserves a round of applause. Between this, and my history of the Bathurst Streetcar, we now have this entire major arterial covered (well, except for York Region Transit’s operations). So, have a look!

I don’t want to leave out Pete Coulman’s work on 46 MARTIN GROVE, and stay tuned for his other histories. 43 KENNEDY will go up soon, as will 96 WILSON, the latter of which promises to be as extensive as 7 BATHURST.

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