17 Birchmount

Compiled by Jeffrey Kay
Additional contributions by Pete Coulman and Jelo Gutierrez Cantos
Map by John F. Calnan

17 Birchmount Map, by John Calnan

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November 7, 1960

Route established along Birchmount Avenue from Kingston Road to Lawrence and on Lawrence Avenue east from Birchmount to the Bendale area, looping via north on Brimley, east on Brimorton and south on McCowan’s Road. At the south end, buses loop via south on Kingston Road, north on Harding and east on Hollis. Buses operate out of Birchmount Garage, Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday.

BIRCHMOUNT

17

B E N D A L E
KINGSTON RD

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

BIRCHMOUNT

17A

E G L I N T O N
KINGSTON RD

Occasional short turns

BIRCHMOUNT

17B

L A W R E N C E
KINGSTON RD

Occasional short turns

September 3, 1963

As part of a major reorganization of suburban bus routes, the 54 LAWRENCE EAST bus route is introduced, and service on Birchmount is extended north of Lawrence to Sheppard Avenue, looping via west on Cass, north on Amethyst and east on Sheppard. Evening and Saturday service added.

BIRCHMOUNT

17

S H E P P A R D
KINGSTON RD

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

May 11, 1968

Coincident with the extension of the BLOOR-DANFORTH subway to Warden station, buses now operate out of Warden Station and east along St. Clair Avenue before heading north on Birchmount. Service on Birchmount south of St. Clair now provided by the new 69 WARDEN SOUTH route. An additional rush hour short turn service is operated between Warden station and Ellesmere, looping in the north end via west on Canadian, north on Principal and east on Ellesmere.

BIRCHMOUNT

17

S H E P P A R D
WARDEN STN

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

BIRCHMOUNT

17

E L L E S M E R E
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

July 19, 1968

Rush hour short turn service to Ellesmere ends.

November 3, 1969

Service extended north, almost to Finch. Buses temporarily loop via east, north and west along Glendower Circuit.

BIRCHMOUNT

17

F  I  N  C  H
WARDEN STN

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

November 24, 1969

An off-street loop opened just south of Finch Avenue on the west side of Birchmount.

April 16, 1973 - May 19, 1973

Off-street loop temporarily closed, forcing resumption of loop via Glendower Circuit.

July 12, 1973

All day service added on Sundays and holidays.

BIRCHMOUNT

17

F  I  N  C  H
WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

September 22, 1973

A new loop opened at the northwest corner of Finch Avenue and Birchmount. Buses loop counterclockwise.

November 24, 1974

Service extended north to a new off-street loop on the west side of Birchmount Avenue in the Hydro right-of-way corridor just north of Staley.

January 16, 1978 - August 28, 1978

Birchmount closed between Ellesmere Road and Highway 401 to allow for grade separation at the CPR tracks. Buses diverted in both directions via Ellesmere, Warden, Arkora and Scaren. Additional rush hour service added during this period between Warden station and Ellesmere, looping in the north end via Ellesmere, Rolark and Birchmount.

BIRCHMOUNT

17

F  I  N  C  H
WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

BIRCHMOUNT

17A

E L L E S M E R E
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

October 14, 1980

Some rush hour trips and all weekday midday trips are extended north of Finch via Birchmount to an off-street loop at Denison in the Town of Markham.

BIRCHMOUNT

17

F  I  N  C  H
WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day
Except Monday to Friday midday

BIRCHMOUNT

17A

M A R K H A M
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

February 8, 1982

Markham branch extended to 14th Avenue, with buses looping via McNabb, Gough and 14th Avenue.

March 12, 1984

New rush hour express service is introduced between Steeles Avenue and Warden station. Buses serve all stops between Steeles and Sheppard and then run express to Warden station, stopping only at Ellesmere, Lawrence and Eglinton. At Steeles, buses loop via west on Wintermute, north on Mountcastle and east on Steeles. Monday through Friday evening service is extended to the Steeles loop.

BIRCHMOUNT

17

F  I  N  C  H
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours
Weekends and holidays, 18 hours a day

BIRCHMOUNT

17A

M A R K H A M
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

BIRCHMOUNT

17B

S T E E L E S
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, evenings

B I R C H M O U N T

E X P R E S S

17C

S T E E L E S
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

July 23, 1984

Weekday evening and all-day Saturday service is extended to 14th Avenue, as is the rush hour express branch.

BIRCHMOUNT

17

F  I  N  C  H
WARDEN STN

>Monday to Friday, rush hours
Sundays and holidays, 18 hours a day

BIRCHMOUNT

17A

M A R K H A M
WARDEN STN

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

B I R C H M O U N T

E X P R E S S

17C

M A R K H A M
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

February 9, 1987

Express service cut back to Steeles Avenue, looping via west on Wintermute, north on Mountcastle and east on Steeles

BIRCHMOUNT

17

F  I  N  C  H
WARDEN STN

>Monday to Friday, rush hours
Sundays and holidays, 18 hours a day

BIRCHMOUNT

17A

M A R K H A M
WARDEN STN

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

B I R C H M O U N T

E X P R E S S

17C

S T E E L E S
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

February 6, 1989

(Or as early as October 1988) Morning rush hour short turn service extended from Finch to Steeles.

BIRCHMOUNT

17

F  I  N  C  H
WARDEN STN

>Monday to Friday, morning rush hours
Sundays and holidays, 18 hours a day

BIRCHMOUNT

17A

M A R K H A M
WARDEN STN

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

BIRCHMOUNT

17B

S T E E L E S
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, afternoon rush hours

B I R C H M O U N T

E X P R E S S

17C

S T E E L E S
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

June 25, 1990 - September 4, 1990

Morning rush hour service during this period operates to Finch only (17) instead of Steeles (17B). It is uncertain if this summer change also occurred in 1989 and 1991.

May 12, 1991

Sunday daytime service extended from Finch to Steeles, and west along Steeles Avenue to loop via north on Ferrier, east on Gibson and south on Warden, returning east on Steeles to Birchmount. At all other times, buses operating to Steeles Avenue follow the old looping arrangement.

September 1, 1991 (Approximate)

All 17C Express buses operate local in off-peak direction (northbound in mornings, and southbound during the afternoon). This is shown on pocket timetables dated September 1, 1991 and February 17, 1992, but is not shown on any Service Summaries. It is not possible, therefore, to determine if this type of operation lasted until the end of Express service in June 1999.

March 1992

Starting after this month but before October 1993, all afternoon peak short turn service is extended from Finch to Steeles.

July 26, 1992

At the request of the Town of Markham, all weekday midday, evening and Saturday evening service north of Steeles discontinued. It is not known if all “Steeles” off-peak trips looped via Warden or via Wintermute.

March 28, 1993

An additional stop is added both ways on the 17C Express branch at St. Clair and Birchmount.

September 7, 1993

Saturday service discontinued between Steeles and 14th Avenue in Markham. Buses now turn in the Steeles/Warden industrial area. At this time, “Steeles” buses loop via Wintermute during rush hours only and via the Warden industrial area at all other times.

September 4, 1994

“Markham” looping expanded, now via west on McNabb, north on Gough, north on Crown Steel, east on Royal Crest and south on Birchmount.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

17

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO FINCH

 

Sunday Evenings

 

 

 

17

BIRCHMOUNT

 

TO WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

17A

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO 14TH AVENUE
EXTRA FARE REQUIRED
NORTH OF STEELES

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

17B

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO STEELES

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day, Except Monday to Friday rush hours
and Sunday and holiday evenings. Buses loop via Wintermute during rush hours
and via the Warden Industrial area at other times

17C

BIRCHMOUNT

 

17C

BIRCHMOUNT

E X P R E S S
TO STEELES

E X P R E S S
TO WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only
(Looping via Wintermute)

February 18, 1996

Due a system-wide reduction of service as a result of the elimination of provincial government operating subsidies, Sunday evening service is removed, effectively eliminating the 17 “Finch” branch.

September 1, 1996

With the TTC experimenting with headways longer than 30 minutes, Sunday evening service to Finch Avenue is restored with hourly service until 1 a.m. Buses are extended north on Birchmount and then east on McNicoll to a loop near Silver Springs.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

17

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO McNICOLL

 

Sunday Evenings

 

 

 

17

BIRCHMOUNT

 

TO WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

17A

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO 14TH AVENUE
EXTRA FARE REQUIRED
NORTH OF STEELES

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

17B

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO STEELES

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day, Except Monday to Friday rush hours
and Sunday and holiday evenings. Buses loop via Wintermute during rush hours
and via the Warden Industrial area at other times

17C

BIRCHMOUNT

 

17C

BIRCHMOUNT

E X P R E S S
TO STEELES

E X P R E S S
TO WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only
(Looping via Wintermute)

October 14, 1997

Local service on the 17C Express branch extended south from Sheppard to Ellesmere. This change began at an unknown date the previous August, and only became official on this date.

March 1998

(Date approximate) Express branch renamed 17E as part of a system-wide initiative to use the letters E and F to designate express services.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

17

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO McNICOLL

 

Sunday Evenings

 

 

 

17

BIRCHMOUNT

 

TO WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

17A

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO 14TH AVENUE
EXTRA FARE REQUIRED
NORTH OF STEELES

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

17B

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO STEELES

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day, Except Monday to Friday rush hours
and Sunday and holiday evenings. Buses loop via Wintermute during rush hours
and via the Warden Industrial area at other times

17E

BIRCHMOUNT

 

17E

BIRCHMOUNT

E X P R E S S
TO STEELES

E X P R E S S
TO WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only
(Looping via Wintermute)

June 14, 1999

17E Express service discontinued, replaced by local trips to Steeles Avenue.

September 5, 1999

Branch designations altered so that most service (the Steeles branch) is operated as plain “17”. McNicoll trips are redesignated “17C”.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

17

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO STEELES

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day, Except Sunday and holiday evenings.
Buses loop via Wintermute during rush hours
and via the Warden Industrial area at other times

 

 

 

17

BIRCHMOUNT

 

TO WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

17A

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO 14TH AVENUE
EXTRA FARE REQUIRED
NORTH OF STEELES

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

17C

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO McNICOLL

 

Sunday and holiday evenings

February 18, 2001

Off-peak trips to Steeles which had previously looped via Ferrier, Gibson and Warden, now operate via west on Steeles and north on Warden to a new off-street loop on the west side of Warden, just north of Steeles.

November 23, 2008

As part of the TTC’s Ridership Growth Strategy, service on the 17C McNicoll branch of the Birchmount bus is eliminated, with all buses on Sunday evening operating north to Steeles Avenue instead.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

17

BIRCHMOUNT

 

17

BIRCHMOUNT

TO STEELES

TO WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

17A

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO 14TH AVENUE
EXTRA FARE REQUIRED
NORTH OF STEELES

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

September 4, 2011

Service transferred from Eglinton (Comstock) garage to Birchmount garage.

May 6, 2012

The service that operates to Steeles Avenue via Wintermute Boulevard during rush hours is redesignated 17B, to better distinguish it from the other branch that terminates at Steeles Avenue and Warden.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

17

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO STEELES and WARDEN

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day
Except Monday to Friday rush hours

 

 

 

17

BIRCHMOUNT

 

TO WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

17A

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO 14TH AVENUE
EXTRA FARE REQUIRED
NORTH OF STEELES

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

17B

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO STEELES
VIA WINTERMUTE

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

June 22, 2014

As part of a system-wide reorganization of route branch designation, northbound buses on the main branch to Steeles Avenue are redesignated 17C. All southbound buses show 17 BIRCHMOUNT.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

 

 

 

17

BIRCHMOUNT

 

TO WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

17A

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO 14TH AVENUE
EXTRA FARE REQUIRED
NORTH OF STEELES

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

17B

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO STEELES
VIA WINTERMUTE

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

17C

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO STEELES and WARDEN

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day
Except Monday to Friday rush hours

July 27, 2015

At the request of York Region Transit, service on the 17A “14th Avenue” branch is extended north to Highway 7. During rush hours, Monday to Friday, southbound buses start their trips on Uptown Drive north of Rougeside Promenade, then proceed east on Rougeside and south on Birchmount to Royal Crest Court, where they resume their previous route to Warden station. Southbound buses no longer pick up or drop off passengers on Crown Steel Drive south of Royal Crest Court and on Royal Crest Court east of Crown Steel Drive and at Birchmount Road. Buses returning northbound operate via north on Birchmount, west on Highway 7, south on Uptown Drive and then east on Rougeside Promenade to Birchmount, where they end their trips. Northbound buses no longer pick up passengers at stops on McNabb Street east of Gough Road, on Gough Road north of McNabb Street [2 stops] and at 14th Avenue and on Crown Steel Drive at Royal Crest Court.

As York Region Transit requested the TTC extend this route, but did not provide additional funding for new buses on this route, the TTC has no choice but to reduce frequencies on this branch, from every 21 minutes to every 35 minutes during morning rush hours and from every 27 minutes to every 36 minutes during the afternoon rush hours. Service levels south of Steeles East remain the same.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

 

 

 

17

BIRCHMOUNT

 

TO WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

17A

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO HIGHWAY 7
EXTRA FARE REQUIRED
NORTH OF STEELES

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

17B

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO STEELES
VIA WINTERMUTE

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

17C

BIRCHMOUNT

 

 

 

TO STEELES and WARDEN

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day
Except Monday to Friday rush hours

March 30, 2017

The TTC reverses the loop at the north end of the 17A branch to and from Highway 7.

Southbound buses start their trips on Rougeside Promenade west of Birchmount Road, then proceed westward along Rougeside, northward along Uptown Drive, eastward along Highway 7 and then southward along Birchmount to Rougeside, resuming their usual route southward along Birchmount. Southbound buses no longer drop off or pick up passengers at the stop on Uptown at Rougemount. Instead, southbound buses serve new stops on Rougemount west of Birchmount and on Highway 7 at Birchmount.

Northbound buses operate along their usual route to Birchmount Road and Rougeside Promenade, then proceed westward along Rougeside to just west of Birchmount, ending their trips. Northbound buses no longer drop off or pick up passengers at stops on Birchmount south of Rougeside and Highway 7 and on Uptown at Rougeside. Instead, northbound buses serve a new stop on Rougeside west of Birchmount.


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