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TTC surveying passengers:
72 Pape / 172 Cherry St route changes



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This map shows the current route network through the area.

The TTC is asking for your opinion about its proposal to revise transit service to CityPlace, St. Lawrence, the Distillery District, East Bayfront, the Port Lands and other nearby communities.

The survey focuses on buses operating along the 72 Pape and 172 Cherry St routes and future streetcar service along Cherry Street

In 2014, the TTC split the 72 Pape route into two routes, because ongoing construction near Union Station regularly delayed buses.

Now that construction is over and TTC crews have finished building new streetcar tracks along Cherry Street, the TTC is reviewing these services.

It’s proposing a series of route changes, that would:

  • reinstate direct service between Pape and Carlaw Avenues and downtown Toronto;
  • add to the the current service to and from George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus; and
  • introduce new service to the East Bayfront on Queens Quay East and to CityPlace, west of Lower Spadina Avenue.

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This map shows how the TTC proposes to revise routes through the area.

Here’s how the TTC proposes to revise the route network in this area — it has not proposed any alternatives:

  1. 72 Pape — buses would operate as a shuttle between Pape Station and Eastern Avenue only.
  2. Revised bus route 172 — buses would operate between Pape and Union Stations, but along Queen’s Quay East, instead of The Esplanade.
  3. New bus route 121 — buses would operate along The Esplanade and Front Street between Berkeley Street and Bathurst Street. In summer, the TTC would extend service to operate to and from Cherry Beach.
  4. New streetcar route 514 — streetcars would operate between Dufferin Gate Loop and Cherry Street south of Mill Street. They would add to current 504 King service along King Streets West and East and use the recently completed tracks on Cherry Street.

The TTC has not provided information about how frequently transit vehicles would operate along these new and revised routes, nor what times of the week buses and streetcars would operate along them — for example, seven days or week or only during rush hours.

Note also that during this week’s Toronto Transit Commission meeting, discussing the 2016 TTC budget, the commissioners did not support funding streetcar service along Cherry Street.

What do you think of the proposal?

You can have your say by completing the survey, here by December 14. You can also let the TTC know your opinion by calling customer service at 416-393-3030.


From the Transit Toronto archives:

  • a history of the 72 Pape route by Pete Coulman and Jeffrey Kay, here.
  • a history of the 121 Front - Esplanade route (1991 - 2000) by James Bow and Jeffrey Kay, here.
  • a history of the 172 Cherry St route (2004 - 2008 and 2014 - ) by James Bow, here.
  • a history of streetcars on King Street by James Bow, here.

Also:

  • a history of the Carlaw route (1941 - 1946) by Pete Coulman and Alan Gryfe, here.
  • a history of the 3 Ashbridge route (1924 - 1966) by Pete Coulman and Alan Gryfe, here.
  • a history of the 6 Bay route by James Bow, here.
  • a history of the 19 Church route (1954 - 1996) by Jeffrey Kay, here.
  • a history of the 42 Harbour route (1967) by Pete Coulman, here.
  • a history of the 65 Parliament route by Pete Coulman, here.
  • a history of the 75 Sherbourne route by Pete Coulman, here.
  • a history of the 365 Parliament overnight route by James Bow, here.

Here’s how the TTC proposes to operate the new and revised routes, under this plan.

New bus route 121

From the intersection of Front Street West and Bathurst Street, eastbound buses would proceed:

southward along Bathurst;
eastward along Fort York Boulevard;
northward along Lower Spadina Avenue;
eastward along Front Streets West and East;
southward along Church Street;
eastward along The Esplanade;
eastward along Front Street East; and then
southward along Berkeley Street to The Esplanade,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses would start their trips on Berkeley Street at The Esplanade, then proceed:

westward along The Esplanade;
northward along Church Street;
westward along Wellington Street East;
southward along Yonge Street; and then
westward along Front Street West to Bathurst Street,
ending their trips.

In late spring, summer and early autumn, some eastbound buses would operate along this route to Front Street East and Berkeley Street, then proceed:

eastward along Front East;
southward along Parliament Street;
eastward along Lake Shore Boulevard East; and then
southward along Cherry Street to Cherry Beach,
ending their trips.

Some westbound buses would start their trips at Cherry Beach, then proceed:

northward along Cherry;
westward along Lake Shore Boulevard East;
northward along Parliament Street; and then
westward along Front Street East to Berkeley Street,
resuming their regular route southward along Berkeley.

Revised bus route 172

Eastbound buses start their trips on Front Street West, just east of Bay Street, then proceed:

eastward along Front West;
southward along Yonge Street;
eastward along Queens Quay East and Lake Shore Boulevard East;
southward along Cherry Street;
eastward along Commissioners Street;
northward along Carlaw Avenue;
eastward along Riverdale Avenue;
northward along Pape Avenue; and then
eastward into Pape Station,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses reverse the eastbound route to Queens Quay and Yonge Street, then proceed:

westward along Queens Quay West;
northward along Bay Street; and then
eastward along Front Street West to just east of Bay Street,
ending their trips.

New streetcar route 514

Eastbound cars would start their trips in Dufferin Gate Loop, then proceed:

northward along Dufferin Street;
eastward along King Streets West and East; and then
southward along Sumach and Cherry Streets to a loop south of Mill Street,
ending their trips.

Westbound cars start their trips in Cherry / Mill loop, then proceed:

northward along Cherry and Sumach Streets;
eastward along King Streets East and West;
southward along Dufferin Street;
westward along Springhurst Avenue;
southward along Fort Rouille Street; and then
eastward into Dufferin Gate Loop,
ending their trips.