34 Eglinton East

Compiled by Pete Coulman

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With additional notes from Jeffrey Kay

Today, Eglinton Avenue is a major street extending through the middle of the City of Toronto from the Mississauga border through to the east end of the city. However, this is a fairly recent structure. The bridge over the Humber River was not completed until the early 1970s. Before 1957, Eglinton Avenue East ended just after Brentcliffe Avenue, as the Don River valley proved too big an obstacle to link the road with the resumption of Eglinton Avenue around Victoria Park. So, from the late 1940s, service on Eglinton Avenue East between Yonge and Laird was provided by the 56 LEASIDE bus. Soon after the launch of Metropolitan Toronto in 1954, however, work began on a major extension of Eglinton Avenue through the Don River Valley. The bridge carrying the C.P.R. tracks over the new highway just west of Don Mills Road was the last link in the big Metro project, as the extension has been open from Victoria Park to Don Mills Rd for some time. This opened at 3 p.m. on August 26, 1957, allowing for a major through route connecting the borough of Scarborough with the subway at Yonge Street.

August 26, 1957

At the same time as the Eglinton Avenue East extension opened to the public, service begins on the new 34 EGLINTON EAST bus route, providing additional service on Eglinton Avenue between Yonge and Laird (along with 56 LEASIDE and 25 DON MILLS), and new service east of Laird connecting with 70 O’CONNOR, 43 KENNEDY, 15 BRIMLEY, 23 DAWES and 67 PHARMACY routes.

Buses operate from Bay #7 of the Eglinton subway terminal via east on Eglinton Avenue to Danforth Road, looping via southwest on Danforth and north on Brimley, returning via the reverse route. Base service over the 8.3 mile route is 15 minutes during normal hours and every 10 minutes during peak periods. Running time is 30 minutes. Between Victoria Park and the subway, rush hour service is operated semi-express, stopping only at principal intersections and access roads (56 LEASIDE continues to provide local service).

The exact date of the opening of the last section of the Eglinton Avenue East extension wasn’t known until the last minute, which complicated the scheduling of the TTC’s personnel. A note from supervisors to drivers stated “Owing to the uncertainty as to the exact date this route will be inaugurated, it will not form part of the Exhibition general selection but will be selected by Senior Extramen from Danforth and Eglinton Divisions for the balance of the Exhibtion Board Period.”

Note that the rollsigns below offered a space for an extension of the route to Kingston Road, even though service wasn’t initially provided that far.

EGLINTON EAST

34

KINGSTON RD.
S U B W A Y

Available, but not used at this time

EGLINTON EAST

34A

DANFORTH RD.
S U B W A Y

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

EGLINTON EAST

34B

VICTORIA PK
S U B W A Y

Unscheduled short turns

September 8, 1958

Service begins on a new rush hour shuttle service, replacing a portion of 67 PHARMACY, operating from Danforth Road to Kingston Road. From a loop via southwest on Danforth Road and north on Brimley, buses operate east on Eglinton Avenue to Kingston Road, looping via southwest on Kingston Road and north on Markham Road. Buses operate every 20 minutes (compared to every hour on the old PHARMACY service). As the fare zone boundary between Suburban Zone 2 and Suburban Zone 3 was at Danforth Road, it was easier to set up a single bus operating on the shuttle and enforce the extra fare at the transfer point than it was to extend service on the main branch of the route.

Also at this time, a new rush hours only express branch (34C) is operated, operating from Danforth Road to Eglinton subway station, stopping at all stops east of Victoria Park (Sloane Avenue) and then stopping only at major intersections en route to the subway. The 34C Express replaces the former 34B Subway-Victoria Park branch. 34B remains on the rollsign until late August 1964.

EGLINTON EAST

34A

DANFORTH RD.
S U B W A Y

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

EGLINTON EAST

E X P R E S S

34C

DANFORTH RD.
S U B W A Y

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

EGLINTON EAST

34D

KINGSTON RD.
DANFORTH RD.

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

September 14, 1959

Service on the 34D shuttle is discontinued, replaced by a through service express branch operating from Eglinton subway station. Every seventh rush hour bus runs through to Kingston Road, looping via south on Markham Road and north east on Kingston Road, returning via Eglinton Avenue East. The service provides connections with the 86 SCARBORO bus at Eglinton Avenue and Kingston Road.

There is no change in the fare zone boundary at Danforth Road. Eastbound buses operate with passengers leaving via the front doors east of Brimley Road, to ensure the correct fare is paid. The westbound stop at Brimley is designated as a check point where the buses would stop and passengers’ proof-of-payment checked before continuing.

EGLINTON EAST

34A

DANFORTH RD.
S U B W A Y

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

EGLINTON EAST

E X P R E S S

34C

DANFORTH RD.
S U B W A Y

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

EGLINTON EAST

E X P R E S S

34E

KINGSTON RD.
S U B W A Y

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

January 29, 1961

Midday and Saturday service is added on the portion of the route between Danforth Road and Kingston Road, on the 34E branch.

February 1, 1962

Suburban fare zones #2 and #3 are combined into one, eliminating the fare zone boundary at Brimley Road.

January 27, 1963

Evening and Sunday service extended to Kingston Road. All other branches are consolidated into this branch. The 34E branch designation is finally replaced by 34. Rush hour express service ends as a separate branch.

EGLINTON EAST

34

KINGSTON RD.
S U B W A Y

September 8, 1964

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A portion of the TTC’s Ride Guide, effective September 8, 1964, showing the short-lived Guildwood extension of 34 EGLINTON EAST

Service is extended east of Kingston Road, with alternate buses operating to Guildwood Village. Buses operate over the normal route to Kingston Road and then via northeast on Kingston Road and east on Guildwood Parkway to loop via Morningside, Cumber and Poplar. Service operates during the midday, Mondays through Fridays. During rush hours, service operates express, stopping at all stops east of Victoria Park and then stopping at major intersections only to the subway. By this time, the second and third suburban fare zones have been combined into a single fare zone, so there is no change required to the fare collection procedure.

EGLINTON EAST

34

KINGSTON RD.
S U B W A Y

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

EGLINTON EAST

34B

GUILDWOOD
S U B W A Y

Monday to Friday, midday

EGLINTON EAST

E X P R E S S

34D

GUILDWOOD
S U B W A Y

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

September 7, 1965

The 34B/D “Guildwood” branch is extended north from Cumber via Morningside to a new off-street loop just beyond Military Trail. Service operates 12 hours a day, Mondays through Fridays. During rush hours, service operates express west of Victoria Park

EGLINTON EAST

34

KINGSTON RD.
S U B W A Y

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

EGLINTON EAST
via MORNINGSIDE

34B

ELLESMERE
S U B W A Y

Monday to Friday, midday

EGLINTON EAST

E X P R E S S

34D

ELLESMERE
S U B W A Y

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

February 26, 1966

Coincident with the opening of the BLOOR-DANFORTH SUBWAY, all destination signs are changed to refer specifically to “Eglinton Stn” instead of “Subway” in order to limit passenger confusion. Older buses scheduled for retirement do not receive these new linens and carry the former linens until withdrawal from service.

EGLINTON EAST

34

KINGSTON RD.
EGLINTON STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

EGLINTON EAST

34A

DANFORTH RD.
EGLINTON STN

Unscheduled short turns

EGLINTON EAST
via MORNINGSIDE

34B

ELLESMERE
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Friday, midday

EGLINTON EAST

E X P R E S S

34C

DANFORTH RD
EGLINTON STN

Unscheduled short turns

EGLINTON EAST

EXPRESS via MORNINGSIDE

34D

ELLESMERE
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

EGLINTON EAST

E X P R E S S

34E

KINGSTON RD
EGLINTON STN

Unscheduled short turns

October 2, 1967

Late Evening weekday service added to the 34B branch operating through Guildwood Village to Morningside and Ellesmere.

May 11, 1968

Saturday daytime service added to the 34B branch.

September 2, 1973

Saturday evening, Sunday and holiday service added to the 34B branch. Service now operates 7 days a week, 18 hours a day.

October 20, 1974

Service is extended north on Morningside from its previous terminus to an off-street loop at Sheppard Avenue.

EGLINTON EAST
via MORNINGSIDE

34B

S H E P P A R D
EGLINTON STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

EGLINTON EAST

EXPRESS via MORNINGSIDE

34D

S H E P P A R D
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

November 22, 1980

Coincident with the extension of the BLOOR-DANFORTH SUBWAY to Kennedy station, buses are routed in both directions through the bus terminal at Kennedy station. An additional short turn service is added operating between Eglinton station and Kennedy station, operating throughout the day, Mondays through Saturdays.

During rush hours, service is split into three branches, with one branch (34) operating between Eglinton station and Kingston Road, operating through Kennedy station in both directions. Another branch operates between Eglinton and Kennedy station only (34C) and a third branch operates from Kennedy station east over the normal route to Sheppard and Morningside.

EGLINTON EAST

34

KINGSTON RD.
EGLINTON STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

EGLINTON EAST
via MORNINGSIDE

34A

S H E P P A R D
KENNEDY STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

EGLINTON EAST
via MORNINGSIDE

34B

S H E P P A R D
EGLINTON STN

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

EGLINTON EAST

34C

KENNEDY STN
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

May 24th, 1981

Service on Morningside is extended north of Sheppard to a new off-street loop at Sewell’s Road. No change to destination signs.

February 6, 1984

Monday to Friday evening service on the 34C (Eglinton Stn-Kennedy Stn) branch is eliminated, with additional service routed onto the 34A Sewell’s Road branch.

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A 34 EGLINTON EAST transfer, circa 1985.

November 26, 1984

Service on Morningside is extended north on Morningside from Sewell’s Road to a new off-street loop at Finch Avenue. On or around this time, full service is cut back from the 34 “KINGSTON ROAD” branch, although this short turn continues to operate most hours.

EGLINTON EAST

34

KINGSTON RD.
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Saturday, daytime?

EGLINTON EAST
via MORNINGSIDE

34A

F I N C H
KENNEDY STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

EGLINTON EAST
via MORNINGSIDE

34B

F I N C H
EGLINTON STN

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

EGLINTON EAST

34C

KENNEDY STN
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Saturday, daytime

March 14, 1988

Service begins on a new rush hour express/local service operating between Kennedy station and Scarborough College. Buseson the 34E branch run express from Kennedy in the morning and from Scarborough College in the afternoon, making no stops. 34D buses reverses this arrangement, operate local service from Scarborough College in the morning and from Kennedy station in the afternoon following the 34A/B routing via Guildwood Parkway and Morningside. This new 34D/E service does not operate from mid-June to Labour Day when most students are on leave for the summer.

E G L I N T O N
E  A  S  T

34

KINGSTON RD.
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Saturday, daytime?

EGLINTON EAST
via MORNINGSIDE

34A

F I N C H
KENNEDY STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

EGLINTON EAST
via MORNINGSIDE

34B

F I N C H
EGLINTON STN

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

E G L I N T O N
E  A  S  T

34C

KENNEDY STN
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Saturday, daytime?

EGLINTON EAST
via MORNINGSIDE

34D

SCARBOROUGH COLLEGE

KENNEDY STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only
(westbound only in morning
eastbound only in afternoon)

EGLINTON EAST

E X P R E S S

34E

SCARBOROUGH COLLEGE

KENNEDY STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only
(eastbound only in morning
westbound only in afternoon)

September 3, 1989

Most service east of Kennedy station is replaced by a new 116 MORNINGSIDE bus. Base service now operates between Eglinton station and Kennedy station only, while additional rush hour service continues beyond Kennedy station via east on Eglinton to Kingston Road, looping via southwest on Kingston Road and north on Markham Road.

E G L I N T O N
E  A  S  T

34

KINGSTON RD.
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

E G L I N T O N
E  A  S  T

34C

KENNEDY STN
EGLINTON STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

May 2005

Service made accessible through the use of low-floor buses.

EASTBOUND

 

WESTBOUND

34

EGLINTON EAST

 

 

 

TO KINGSTON RD

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

 

 

 

34

EGLINTON EAST

 

TO EGLINTON STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

34C

EGLINTON EAST

 

 

 

TO KENNEDY STN

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

January 6, 2014

All service east of Kennedy station is cut back to Kennedy station as 116 MORNINGSIDE takes over operation of the Kingston Road branch, and blends service east of Kennedy station with 86 SCARBOROUGH.

34

EGLINTON EAST

 

34

EGLINTON EAST

TO EGLINTON STN

TO KENNEDY STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

September 6, 2015

Service is increased in the midday and late evening from Monday to Friday, during the early morning and late evening on Saturday, and at all times on Sunday and holidays so that the whole route operates at intervals of 10 minutes or better, all day, every day, whenever the subway is open.

September 4, 2016

To improve service reliability during the construction of the EGLINTON-CROSSTOWN LRT, 100 FLEMINGDON PARK service is split, and temporary branches are added to the 34 EGLINTON EAST bus. Service on the main branch to Kennedy Station is redesignated 34A. A new branch, designated 34B, operates from Kennedy station westbound on Eglinton to Don Mills, looping via north on Don Mills Road, east and south on Wynford Drive and returning via east on Eglinton Avenue to Kennedy station. This service operates Saturdays only, during the daytime.

A third branch, designated 34C, runs from Eglinton station eastbound over the regular route to Don Mills and then runs via north on Don Mills, east on Wynford, north on Concord Place through the cul-de-sac, south on Concord Place, south on Wynford, west and south and west on St. Dennis Drive, and south on Grenoble Drive to Spanbridge Road. Buses loop via east on Spanbridge, and north on Linkwood Lane before returning north and east on St. Dennis, north on Wynford Drive and Concord Place, around the cul-de-sac, south on Concord Place, west on Wynford Drive, south on Gervais Drive, and west on Eglinton Avenue East and Eglinton Avenue West to Eglinton Station. This service replaces the “C” branch of 100 FLEMINGDON PARK, operating seven days a week whenever the subway is open, and providing new service outside of rush hours on Linkwood Lane.

EASTBOUND

 

WESTBOUND

34A

EGLINTON EAST

 

34A

EGLINTON EAST

TO KENNEDY STN

TO EGLINTON STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

34B

EGLINTON EAST

 

TO DON MILLS & WYNFORD

Saturdays, daytime hours

34C

EGLINTON EAST

 

 

 

TO FLEMINGDON PARK
(GRENOBLE & SPANBRIDGE)

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day


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