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City closing York / Bay / Yonge ramp,
affecting GO bus services, starting April 17



The City of Toronto permanently closes the ramp from the eastbound Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway to York, Bay and Yonge Streets at 5 a.m. next Monday, April 17. It will replace the old ramp with a new, shorter one from the eastbound Gardiner to Lower Simcoe Street in January 2018.

As part of the project, the City will also widen Harbour Street to four lanes between Lower Simcoe and Bay Streets to accommodate traffic and improve pedestrian and cycling access to the waterfront.

When the City closes the ramp, GO Transit will detour buses operating eastbound along the expressway toward Union Station GO Bus Terminal. Last Saturday, April 8, it added ten minutes to the schedules for buses operating along these routes, so that most buses arrive in the terminal ten minutes later than previously. By adding extra time to the schedule, GO is accommodating the longer route through downtown Toronto when the ramp is closed. Starting Monday, April 17, it’s detouring buses operating along these routes:

  • 16 Hamilton / Toronto express;
  • 18 Lakeshore West early-morning;
  • 21 Milton / Toronto; and
  • 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto.

The City is restricting traffic on Harbour Street to just two lanes through the construction area. From Monday, May 1 to until Thursday, June 15, it will periodically close the centre lane of the street between Lower Simcoe and Bay Streets from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. By closing the lanes during daytime, the City says it can avoid extensive overnight demolition.

To maintain traffic flow in the area, the City is adjusting the timing signals on parallel routes.

Construction does not affect the westbound lanes of Lake Shore Boulevard West and the Gardiner Expressway.

Crews work Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day. They may also work overnight weekends to demolish parts of the structure over Lower Simcoe and York Streets. Over the course of the project, the City may also require more overnight work.

This project results from an environmental assessment in 2013 that recommended that the City reconfigure ramps in the area.


31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto

Starting Monday, April 17, GO revises the paths for eastbound buses operating along the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway to to accommodate an upcoming City of Toronto construction project to remove the ramp from the eastbound Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway to York, Bay and Yonge Streets.

The City opens a new ramp to Lower Simcoe and Harbour Streets next January.

Buses operate along their regular route to the Gardiner Expressway at the site of the former ramp, then proceed:

eastward along the expressway and the ramp to Lower Jarvis Street;
eastward along Lake Shore Boulevard East;
southward along Lower Sherbourne Street;
westward along Queens Quay East and West; and then
northward along Bay Street to Harbour Street,
resuming their regular route northward along Bay.

Westbound buses continue to operate along their regular route.

Starting Saturday, April 8, GO adjusted the schedules for most eastbound buses so that they arrive in Union Station GO Bus Terminal as much as ten minutes later than formerly. By adjusting the schedules, GO is accommodating the longer route through downtown Toronto during the construction project.

You can view the schedules for the route here. (.pdf)

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16 Hamilton / Toronto express

Starting Monday, April 17, GO revises the paths for eastbound buses operating along the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway to to accommodate an upcoming City of Toronto construction project to remove the ramp from the eastbound Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway to York, Bay and Yonge Streets.

The City opens a new ramp to Lower Simcoe and Harbour Streets next January.

Buses operate along their regular route to the Gardiner Expressway at the site of the former ramp, then proceed:

eastward along the expressway and the ramp to Lower Jarvis Street;
eastward along Lake Shore Boulevard East;
southward along Lower Sherbourne Street;
westward along Queens Quay East and West; and then
northward along Bay Street to Harbour Street,
resuming their regular route northward along Bay.

Westbound buses continue to operate along their regular route.

Starting Saturday, April 8, GO adjusted the schedules for most eastbound buses so that they arrive in Union Station GO Bus Terminal as much as ten minutes later than formerly. By adjusting the schedules, GO is accommodating the longer route through downtown Toronto during the construction project.

You can view the schedules for the route here. (.pdf)

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18 Lakeshore West bus

Starting Monday, April 17, GO revises the path for eastbound buses operating along the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway to to accommodate an upcoming City of Toronto construction project to remove the ramp from the eastbound Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway to York, Bay and Yonge Streets.

The City opens a new ramp to Lower Simcoe and Harbour Streets next January.

Buses operate along their regular route to the Gardiner Expressway at the site of the former ramp, then proceed:

eastward along the expressway and the ramp to Lower Jarvis Street;
eastward along Lake Shore Boulevard East;
southward along Lower Sherbourne Street;
westward along Queens Quay East and West; and then
northward along Bay Street to Harbour Street,
resuming their regular route northward along Bay.

Westbound buses continue to operate along their regular route.

Starting Saturday, April 8, GO adjusted the schedules for most eastbound buses so that they arrive in Union Station GO Bus Terminal as much as ten minutes later than formerly. By adjusting the schedules, GO is accommodating the longer route through downtown Toronto during the construction project.

You can view the schedules for the route here. (.pdf)

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21 Milton / Toronto

Starting Monday, April 17, GO revises the path for eastbound buses operating along the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway to to accommodate an upcoming City of Toronto construction project to remove the ramp from the eastbound Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway to York, Bay and Yonge Streets.

The City opens a new ramp to Lower Simcoe and Harbour Streets next January.

Buses operate along their regular route to the Gardiner Expressway at the site of the former ramp, then proceed:

eastward along the expressway and the ramp to Lower Jarvis Street;
eastward along Lake Shore Boulevard East;
southward along Lower Sherbourne Street;
westward along Queens Quay East and West; and then
northward along Bay Street to Harbour Street,
resuming their regular route northward along Bay.

Westbound buses continue to operate along their regular route.

Starting Saturday, April 8, GO adjusted the schedules for most eastbound buses so that they arrive in Union Station GO Bus Terminal as much as ten minutes later than formerly. By adjusting the schedules, GO is accommodating the longer route through downtown Toronto during the construction project.

You can view the schedules for the route here. (.pdf)

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