No subway service, March 5 and 6:
Lawrence West to St George



This weekend marks the first in a year-long series of weekend closures of parts of the TTC rapid transit network.

To accommodate crews working to keep the line in a state of good repair and installing new signal infrastructure, the TTC is closing part of the 1 Yonge - University subway line between Lawrence West and St George Stations all day Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6. All Line 1 subway trains operate between Downsview and Lawrence West and between Finch and St. George only. Wheel-Trans vehicles also operate between Lawrence West and St. George Stations, for those requiring an accessible connection to the subway. Speak to TTC staff in each station to ask for Wheel-Trans service.

Buses replace subway service between the two stations, with buses stopping to drop off or pick up passengers at all stations between Lawrence West and St George — except for one. Due to ongoing Metrolinx construction of the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line on Eglinton Avenue West, the buses do not operate to and from Eglinton West Station. Instead, buses stop to pick up passengers on Bathurst Street at Eglinton Avenue West. You can transfer buses operating along the 32 Eglinton West route to travel between Bathurst Street and the area of Eglinton West Station. You can still buy TTC tickets, tokens and passes at all stations on the closed section of subway, except for Glencairn and Eglinton West.

Also this weekend, Metrolinx contractors are blocking access to the Eglinton West Station bus terminal and the TTC is also detouring buses that usually operate through the terminal.

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According to a TTC news release, “Over the course of the weekend, TTC crews will lay 37,000 feet [11,277.6 metres] of cable for the TTC’s new automatic train control (ATC) signal system, replace 2,700 feet [823 metres] of track, grind 6,000 feet [1829 metres] of rail to ensure a smooth journey, and conduct station cleaning and other maintenance work. When installation is complete in 2019, ATC will result in a more modern, reliable signal system and a 25 per cent increase in capacity on Line 1.”

Regular subway service resumes Monday, March 7. The TTC closes this section of the subway line again the weekends of Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 and Saturday April 16 and Sunday, April 17.


Expect the shuttle buses to be crowded. Instead, consider boarding, or remaining aboard, eastbound buses and street cars to connect with the Yonge branch of the subway line. This applies not just to the closed section of the subway, but to stations north and south of the closure, so you can avoid the University branch entirely.

North of the closed section of the subway:

  • ride buses operating along the 84 Sheppard West or 196 York University rocket routes to Sheppard - Yonge, instead of Downsview Station; or
  • ride buses operating along the 96 Wilson or 165 Weston Rd North routes to York Mills Station, instead of Wilson Station.

At the closed section of the subway:

  • ride buses operating along the 52 Lawrence West route to Lawrence, instead of Lawrence West Station;
  • ride buses operating along the 14 Glencairn route to Davisville, instead of Glencairn Station;
  • ride buses operating along the 32 Eglinton West route to Eglinton, instead of Eglinton West Station; or
  • ride streetcars operating along the 512 St Clair route to St Clair, instead of St Clair Station.
  • ride buses operating along the 26 Dupont route to St George, instead of Dupont Station.
  • ride buses operating along the 127 Davenport route to Spadina, instead of Dupont Station.

South of the closed section of the subway

  • ride streetcars operating along the 506 Carlton route to College, instead of Queen’s Park Station;
  • ride streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route to Dundas, instead of St Patrick Station;
  • ride streetcars operating along the 501 Queen route to Queen, instead of Osgoode Station; or
  • ride streetcars operating along the 504 King route to King, instead of St Andrew Station.

You can also ride the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line from Spadina or St George Stations to connect with the Yonge branch at Bloor - Yonge Station.


Although the TTC has not announced the routing for buses, here’s how they’ve operated on previous occasions when the TTC has had to close this part of the subway line.

Southbound buses start their trips in Lawrence West Station bus terminal, then proceed:

westward along Lawrence Avenue West;
southward along Marlee Avenue;
eastward along Glencairn Avenue, passing Glencairn Station;
southward along Bathurst Street;
eastward along St. Clair Avenue West;
through St. Clair West Station terminal;
eastward along St. Clair Avenue West;
southward along Spadina Road;
westward along Austin Terrace;
southward along Walmer Road and Kendall Avenue;
eastward along Macpherson Avenue;
southward Spadina Road, passing Dupont and Spadina Stations;
eastward along Bloor Street West;
northward along St. George Street;
eastward along Prince Arthur Avenue; and then
southward into St George Station terminal,
ending their trips.

Northbound buses start their trips in St George Station terminal, then proceed:

southward along Bedford Road;
westward along Bloor Street West;
northward along Spadina Road, passing Spadina and Dupont Stations,
westward along Davenport Road;
northward along Walmer Road;
eastward along Austin Terrace;
northward along Spadina Road;
westward along St. Clair Avenue West;
through St Clair West Station terminal;
westward along St. Clair West;
northward along Bathurst Street;
westward along Glencairn Avenue, passing Glencairn Station;
northward along Marlee Avenue;
eastward along Lawrence Avenue West; and then
southward into Lawrence West Station bus terminal,
ending their trips.

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