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No subway service, Lawrence to St Clair,
March 23



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The TTC is closing part of its Line 1 Yonge - University subway between Lawrence and St Clair Stations all day Saturday, March 23. Line 1 trains operate only between Finch and Lawrence stations and between St Clair and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre stations Saturday.

Frequent shuttle buses replace the trains, operating along Yonge Street and stopping near each station along the closed section of the line. At Lawrence, Eglinton and Davisville stations, passengers can exit from or board buses on the street. At St Clair Station, passengers exit on St. Clair Avenue East beside the station, but can board inside the bus terminal off Pleasant Boulevard.


This Saturday, crews continue installing the automatic train control system (ATC) in the closed section of the line. According to a TTC news release, “When ATC is fully installed on Line 1, it will provide a more modern and reliable signal system that will help the TTC improve capacity by allowing for increased trips on the line.”


Wheel-Trans buses also operate between Lawrence and St Clair stations. Passengers can ask any TTC staff member for Wheel-Trans service. Because Lawrence Station is not yet accessible, passengers travelling southbound along Line 1 towards Lawrence Station who require an elevator should exit the train at York Mills Station and ask any TTC staff member for Wheel-Trans.


Shuttle-bus alternatives

Plan your trips on the subway ahead of time this Saturday to avoid stress and crowds. Leave extra time in your schedule and expect longer traveling times those days.

While shuttle buses operate frequently, they will be crowded.

Regular TTC buses and streetcars provide less frequent, less direct, but, perhaps, less stressful alternatives. Consider travelling along the University branch, instead of the Yonge branch, to and from downtown Toronto and avoid the shuttle buses entirely this weekend. Or board buses along the 97 Yonge route to travel to and from stops on Yonge north of Davisville Avenue / Chaplin Crescent.

Ride buses or streetcars on routes serving streets north or south of the closure to reach stations on the University branch:

  • Buses along the 84 Sheppard West or 984 Sheppard West express routes and board the subway at Sheppard West Station, instead of Sheppard - Yonge Station.
  • Buses along the 96 Wilson or 165 Weston Rd North routes and board the subway at Wilson Station, instead of York Mills Station.
  • Buses along the 52 Lawrence West route and board the subway at Lawrence West Station, instead of Lawrence Station.
  • Buses along the 32 Eglinton West route and board the subway at Eglinton West Station, instead of Eglinton Station.
  • Streetcars along the 512 St. Clair route and board the subway at St. Clair West Station, instead of St. Clair Station.
  • Trains along the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line and board the 1 Yonge - University line at St. George Station, instead of Yonge Station.
  • Streetcars along the 506 Carlton route and board the subway at Queen’s Park Station, instead of College Station.
  • Buses along the 505 Dundas route and board the subway at St. Patrick Station, instead of Dundas Station.
  • Streetcars along the 501 Queen route and board the subway at Osgoode Station, instead of Queen Station.
  • Streetcars along the 504 King route and board the subway at St. Andrew Station, instead of King Station.

Parking restrictions improve shuttle-bus service

On previous occasions when the TTC has closed this section of Line 1, it has worked with the City of Toronto and Toronto Police Service to temporarily restrict street parking on the southbound lanes of Yonge Street between Lawrence and St Clair Avenues and other nearby streets. On those occasions, according to the TTC, “Parking restrictions on shuttle bus routes across the system help keep traffic in the city moving as smoothly as possible during subway closures.” The same restrictions likely apply this Saturday, March 23, too.

  • Parking is available:
  • on the northbound side of Yonge Street between Lawrence and St Clair Avenues East all day (east curb lane).
  • Parking is not available:
  • on the southbound side of Yonge Street between Bedford Park Avenue and St Clair Avenue West** 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. (west curb lane).
  • on the northbound side of Yonge Street between Lawrence Avenue East and Wanless Avenue from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. (east curb lane).
  • on both sides of Avoca Avenue and Pleasant Boulevard all day.

During this closure as with other occasions when the TTC has closed this section of Line 1, northbound shuttle buses likely drop passengers off outside of Lawrence Station, then head to the York Mills area to loop back southbound.

To loop back southbound, shuttle buses operate northbound on Yonge to an on-street loop along Old York Mills Road, York Mills Road, back to Yonge Street, southward to Lawrence Station to pick up passengers, then proceed southward toward St Clair Station.

Expect a large number of TTC buses in the York Mills area during this subway closure.


The TTC has closed this section of Line 1 just once previously this year:

It is planning to close this part of the line at least once more this year:

  • Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 — Lawrence to St Clair - ATC.