23 Dawes

Compiled by Peter Coulman
Additional information by R.I. Kennedy

March 1, 1927

Mr. Alex Hamilton starts service on the DAWES ROAD bus, operating along Dawes Road from Danforth Avenue to Peard Road in the Victoria Park/St. Clair Avenue East area (on the boundary between the townships of East York and Scarborough).

December 27, 1930

Service sold to a Mr. A. Sefton who operates it under Del-Ray Coach Lines.

January 10, 1931

Service operated from Luttrell loop at the eastern end of the BLOOR STREETCAR via west on Danforth Avenue, northeast on Dawes Road to Victoria Park and Holland Avenue.

February 3, 1933

Service established on a related WOODBINE-DAWES route, operating from Woodbine and Danforth via north on Woodbine, east on Lumsden and south on Main to the Danforth, connecting with the DAWES service at Luttrell.

July 6, 1936

Service sold to Hollinger Bus Lines.

July 13, 1936

WOODBINE-DAWES service changed to operate from Danforth and Woodbine via Woodbine, Lumsden, Barrington, Secord and Dawes, before heading south on Dawes back to Danforth Avenue.

October 24, 1937

WOODBINE-DAWES and DAWES ROAD services combined on Sundays to operate from Lumsden and Main via Main, Danforth and Dawes to Holland.

July 1, 1954

When the TTC assumes operation of Hollinger’s services in East York and Scarborough, it revises service to operate from a loop at Danforth and Dawes via northeast on Dawes, north onVictoria Park and east on Lawrence to wye or loop within the intersection of Birchmount and Lawrence. Additional rush hour service provided to Victoria Park and Eglinton, looping via O’Connor and Eglinton.

D A W E S

BIRCHMOUNT
DANFORTH

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

D A W E S

EGLINTON
DANFORTH

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

A proposal to run service north on Warden and west and south on Manhattan and south on Lillian was announced by the TTC but not put into effect as a result of protests from residents.

January 24, 1955

Rush hour service extended north on Victoria Park through a new branch to Ellesmere, looping via east on Ellesmere, south on Pharmacy and Princeway, and southwest on Lynvalley to Victoria Park. Buses no longer short turn at Eglinton

D A W E S

BIRCHMOUNT
DANFORTH

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

D A W E S

LYNVALLEY
DANFORTH

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

October 3, 1955

A new rush hour extension added, running from Danforth over the regular route to Lawrence and Warden, then north on Warden to loop via east on Manhattan Drive, north and west on Rossford to Warden, returning south on Warden to route.

D A W E S

BIRCHMOUNT
DANFORTH

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

D A W E S

LYNVALLEY
DANFORTH

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

D A W E S

W A R D E N
DANFORTH

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

April 15, 1956

Service to Ellesmere changed to all-day service. Now, buses operating on DAWES split into two branches, giving 30 minute service on Lawrence Avenue to Birchmount and 30 minute service on Victoria Park to Ellesmere, with a combined service of 15 minutes south of the Victoria Park/Lawrence intersection. Additional rush hour service provided on the Warden branch.

Also on this date, route assigned route number 23.

D A W E S

23

BIRCHMOUNT
DANFORTH

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

D A W E S

23A

EGLINTON
DANFORTH

Occasional short turns

D A W E S

23B

ELLESMERE
DANFORTH

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

D A W E S

23C

W A R D E N
DANFORTH

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

April 30, 1956

A new bus loop opened this morning on the Loblaws property on the west side of Dawes Rd, south of Danforth Avenue. The buses, after stopping at Danforth Avenue southbound, will continue straight south on Dawes to a point about 200 feet south of Danforth, then make a right hand turn into the Loblaws parking lot, where a stop to pick up and discharge passengers has been established, after which buses will continue to loop south and east to Dawes Road then return north over the regular route. Outbound buses will also pick up at the near-side stop on the east side of Dawes Rd, just south of Danfroth. No change to schedule or to destination signs.

November 25, 1956

A new rush hour extension takes service to Sheppard via north on Victoria Park, looping via east on Farmcrest, north on Pharmacy, returning via west on Sheppard and south on Victoria Park to route.

D A W E S

23

BIRCHMOUNT
DANFORTH

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

D A W E S

23A

EGLINTON
DANFORTH

Occasional short turns

D A W E S

23B

ELLESMERE
DANFORTH

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

D A W E S

23C

W A R D E N
DANFORTH

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

D A W E S

23D

SHEPPARD
DANFORTH

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

August 27, 1957

The 23C “Warden” rush hour branch replaced by all day service on the 67 PHARMACY bus.

September 9, 1958

Overpass construction on the Canadian Pacific railway bridge over Victoria Park, north of Lawrence, forces a detour on the Ellesmere and Sheppard branches of the service. Buses operate via east on Lawrence, north on Pharmacy, west on Princeway and northwest on Lynvalley to Victoria Park. Ellesmere buses loop via Victoria Park, Ellesmere and Pharmacy, returning to the temporarily diverted route.

September 14, 1959

Weekday midday service added to the Sheppard (23D) branch. Buses run hourly between rush hours and half-hourly during rush hours.

Around this time, service at the south end is changed from the old Danforth loop south of the Loblaws property on Danforth Avenue to a new off-street loop on Dawes Road just north of Danforth Avenue.

May 1, 1961

For a trial period, service on the Birchmount (23) branch of the DAWES route extended east on Lawrence Avenue to Winston Churchill Collegiate, located just west of Kennedy Road. Buses loop counterclockwise through the circular driveway in front of the collegiate. Service discontinued on Underwriters, Modern and Birchmount. A walking transfer is allowed between Winston Churchill Collegiate and the 43 KENNEDY bus.

There was no change to the corresponding rollsign, which still read BIRCHMOUNT.

September 4, 1962

Service on the Sheppard (23D) branch extended via east on Sheppard Avenue to Midland Avenue in Agincourt, looping via north on Midland, east on Rural, south on Glenwatford and west on Sheppard to route. This service replaces a short stretch of 43 KENNEDY

D A W E S

23

BIRCHMOUNT
DANFORTH

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

D A W E S

23B

ELLESMERE
DANFORTH

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

D A W E S

23C

W A R D E N
DANFORTH

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

D A W E S

23D

AGINCOURT
DANFORTH

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

September 1, 1963

With the launch of the 54 LAWRENCE EAST bus, providing through service on Lawrence Avenue across Scarborough, Service on the 23 “Birchmount” branch eliminated, with all service routed north of Lawrence Avenue.

September 6, 1964

Service on the 23D “Agincourt” branch cutback to Victoria Park and Sheppard, looping via east on Sheppard, south on Commons Drive and west on Esquire Road to Victoria Park. Service, now renumbered 23C, provided seven days a week, 18 hours a day. Additional rush hour buses continue to loop at Ellesmere via Ellesmere, Pharmacy, Jayfield Road and Lynvalley Crescent.

Service on Sheppard east of Victoria Park provided by an extension of the 84 SHEPPARD route, starting on Tuesday, September 8.

D A W E S

23B

ELLESMERE
DANFORTH

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

D A W E S

23C

SHEPPARD
DANFORTH

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

September 1, 1967 (Friday)

The northerly terminus “on-street” looping facilities of the Sheppard section adjusted and service proceeding via north on Victoria Park, east on Sheppard, south on Pharmacy, west on Farmcrest Drive and north-west on Meadowacres Drive to Victoria Park and south on route. (This of course ended with the major shake-up May 11/68)

May 11, 1968

Coincident with the extension of the BLOOR-DANFORTH SUBWAY to Warden, service on Victoria Park replaced by the 24 VICTORIA PARK bus. Service on Dawes shortened to operate from Main Street station via south on Main, east on Danforth and northeast on Dawes, looping via west on Ferris, north on Glenburn, east on St. Clair and south on Victoria Park to Dawes and return.

D A W E S

23

ST. CLAIR
MAIN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

May 21, 1968 (Tuesday)

Split service instituted for major bridge work on Dawes Rd at the Massey Creek.

North Section - Service between Victoria Park Station and St Clair Avenue via Denton, Victoria park, Donora Drive and Dawes Rd looping clockwise via west on Ferris Rd, north on Glenburn Avenue, east on St Clair and south on Victoria Park to route

South Section - Operating between Main Station and Goodwood Park Court via Danforth Avenue and Dawes Road looping counterclockwise east and north on Midburn Avenue and west on Goodwood Park Court to Dawes Road and route.

No change in destination signs. Window cards are used.

November 8, 1968 (Friday)

With the completion of construction route, split service ends and the buses resume their normal routing.

September 5, 1972

Service extended to loop via Ferris, Rexleigh, St. Clair and Victoria Park. No change to destination signs.

July 20, 2010

Buses operate at six minute intervals during the morning rush hour, ten minute intervals during weekday middays and the afternoon rush hours, fifteen minute service during weekday evenings and thirty minute service during the weekday late evenings. Saturday service operates every ten minutes during the day, every fifteen minutes during the early evening and every thirty minutes during the late evening. Sunday and holiday service operates every fifteen minutes during the day and into the evening, and every thirty minutes during the late evening.

23

D A W E S

 

23

D A W E S

TO MAIN STREET STN

TO ST. CLAIR

7 days a week, 18 hours a day


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