5 Avenue Road (1954-2016)

Compiled by Jeffrey Kay
With additions by Pete Coulman
Map by James Bow

5 Avenue Road Map

March 30, 1954

Route commenced operation at 1.30pm this day, replacing a portion of the BAY streetcar route. Buses loop at the south end, counter clockwise around Queen’s Park Cres., then north via Avenue Road, Lonsdale, Oriole Parkway, Chaplin, through Davisville Station, and Yonge, looping south of Eglinton Garage west on Hillsdale, north on Duplex and east on Berwick.

AVENUE RD

BERWICK
QUEEN’S PK

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

April 26, 1954

Extended north to Eglinton, looping east on Eglinton, south on Holly and west on Soudan.

September 13, 1954

To replace the southern portion of the HILL COACH, Monday through Friday rush hour service extended south on University to Front, looping via east on Wellington, south on York and west on Front.

AVENUE RD

EGLINTON
QUEEN’S PK

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

AVENUE RD

EGLINTON
F R O N T

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

August 30, 1955

Short turn buses now loop at north end east on Lonsdale, south on Oriole and west on Heath. (Exact start date of service is unknown, this service may have operated during the morning rush hour only.

May 15, 1956

Due to construction of the new TTC offices, buses no longer loop through Davisville Station at Chaplin & Yonge. (Transfer required during construction period to make the Subway connection.)

December 15, 1957

Now stopping inside the new Davisville Station in both directions. At around this time, route is assigned number 5.

AVENUE RD

5

EGLINTON
QUEEN’S PK

7 days a week, 18 hours a day
Except rush hours

AVENUE RD

5A

QUEEN’S PK
ST. CLAIR

Occasional short turns

AVENUE RD

5B

F R O N T
ST. CLAIR

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

AVENUE RD

5C

F R O N T
EGLINTON

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

February 28, 1963

Coincident with the opening of the UNIVERSITY SUBWAY rush hour service between Queen’s Park and Front Street is discontinued, following the completion of the morning rush hour on this day.

AVENUE RD

5

EGLINTON
QUEEN’S PK

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

AVENUE RD

5A

LONSDALE
QUEEN’S PK

Monday-Friday, rush hours only
(Possibly morning rush hours only?)

May 21, 1963

Short turn service now looping west on Heath, north on Forest Hill Road and east on Lonsdale.

June 23, 1968

Extended south on University replacing the University Subway after 9.45 p.m. Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday and Holidays. Buses loop east on Adelaide, south on Bay and west on Front. During hours of extended service buses loop through St.George Station in both directions; from Avenue Road west on Lowther, south on Bedford, west on Prince Arthur, serving St.George Station (Bay 2), then north on Bedford and east on Prince Arthur to Avenue Road.

AVENUE RD

5

QUEEN’S PARK
E G L I N T O N

Monday to Saturday, daytime and early evening

AVENUE RD

5A

QUEEN’S PARK
L O N S D A L E

Monday-Friday, rush hours only

AVENUE RD

5B

F   R   O   N   T
E G L I N T O N

Monday-Saturday, late evening
Sunday and holidays, 18 hours a day

October 12, 1975

5B buses now approach St.George Station west on Bloor, north on Bedford and west on Prince Arthur.

January 28, 1978

Coincident with the opening of the SPADINA SUBWAY and the resumption of late evening and Sunday service on the University line, late evening and Sunday service on 5 AVENUE ROAD south of Queen’s Park Circle is discontinued on this day

AVENUE RD

5

QUEEN’S PARK
E G L I N T O N

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

AVENUE RD

5A

QUEEN’S PARK
L O N S D A L E

Monday-Friday, rush hours only

January 4, 1982

Midday service extended south on University to loop east on Elm, north on Elizabeth and west on Gerrard.

AVENUE RD

5

QUEEN’S PARK
E G L I N T O N

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

AVENUE RD

5A

QUEEN’S PARK
L O N S D A L E

Monday-Friday, rush hours only

AVENUE RD

5C

G E R R A R D
E G L I N T O N

Monday-Friday, midday only

March 24, 1985

Hours of service to Gerrard improved to seven days a week, 18 hours a day, except during Monday-Friday rush hours, when buses continue to loop around Queen’s Park Circle.

April 22, 1985

Rush hour short turn service extended north from Lonsdale to Davisville Station.

AVENUE RD

5

QUEEN’S PARK
E G L I N T O N

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

AVENUE RD

5B

QUEEN’S PARK
DAVISVILLE STN

Monday-Friday, rush hours only

AVENUE RD

5C

G E R R A R D
E G L I N T O N

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

April 19, 1987

Evening, weekend and rush hour service to Gerrard discontinued. Base service to Queen’s Park Circle returns to seven days a week, 18 hours a day, except Monday-Friday midday.

November 26, 1989

Rerouted at north end to Eglinton Station via Oriole Parkway and Eglinton, coincident with the southerly extension of the 97‑YONGE bus. Morning short turn service discontinued.

AVENUE RD

5

EGLINTON STN
QUEEN’S PARK

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

AVENUE RD

5C

EGLINTON STN
G E R R A R D

Monday to Friday, midday only

January 3, 1993

Normal routing resumed at Gerrard following completion of the new wing of the Sick Childrenç—´ Hospital. A revised loop via Elm, Elizabeth and Edward lasted several years, but the exact start date unknown.

February 18, 1996

Due to reduced government subsidies system wide service cuts are introduced including the elimination of late evening service (after 10 p.m.) seven days a week.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

5

AVENUE ROAD

 

5

AVENUE ROAD

TO EGLINTON STN

TO QUEEN’S PARK

7 days a week, daytime and early evenings
Except Monday to Friday, midday

 

 

 

5C

AVENUE ROAD

 

TO GERRARD

Monday to Friday, midday only

Scheduled service for the board period beginning June 16th 1996:

(headway / vehicles required)
Mon-Fri   AM RH   midday   PM RH   early eve.   late eve.
5        9m30s/5    ---     12m/4   30m/1.5 @       ---
5C         ---     13m/4      --       ---           ---

Weekend:   Saturday                         Sunday
           AM/PM    early eve.   late eve.   AM/PM    early eve. late eve.
5          13m20s/3   30m/2         --       30m/1.5@   20m/2       ---

@ Through routed with the <a href="/bus/routes/56-leaside.shtml">56 LEASIDE</a> route at Eglinton Station

March 19, 2000

Service reduced in the midday and afternoon peak period from Monday to Friday, from 13 minutes to 17 minutes in the midday and from 12 minutes to 16 minutes in the afternoon rush hour.

February 17, 2002

Service reduced during the daytime on Saturdays from every 13 minutes 20 seconds to every 20 minutes.

May 12, 2002

The 5:40 a.m. Monday-Friday first southbound departure from Eglinton Stn discontinued, along with the 6:00 a.m. Monday-Friday first northbound departure from Queen’s Park.

January 2, 2005

Service reduced during the midday from Monday to Friday from every 17 minutes to every 30 minutes.

November 23, 2008

As part of the TTC’s Ridership Growth Strategy, service is increased on the main branch to operate whenever the subway is open, at intervals of 30 minutes or better. Service on the 5C “Gerrard” branch remains Monday to Friday middays, replacing all service on the main branch.

May 8, 2011

As part of a system-wide reallocation of resources resulting from municipal budget cuts, all service after 10 p.m. on weekdays and 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays is eliminated.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

5

AVENUE ROAD

 

5

AVENUE ROAD

TO EGLINTON STN

TO QUEEN’S PARK

7 days a week, daytime and early evenings
Except Monday to Friday, midday

 

 

 

5C

AVENUE ROAD

 

TO GERRARD

Monday to Friday, midday only

June 22, 2014

As part of a system-wide reorganization of route branch designations, all southbound buses operating to Queen’s Park Circle are designated 5A, and all southbound buses operating to Gerrard are redesignated 5B. All northbound buses show 5 AVENUE ROAD.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

5

AVENUE ROAD

 

 

 

TO EGLINTON STN

 

Monday to Friday, daytime and early evenings
Weekends and holidays, daytime

 

 

 

5A

AVENUE ROAD

 

TO QUEEN’S PARK

7 days a week, daytime and early evenings
Except Monday to Friday, midday

 

 

 

5B

AVENUE ROAD

 

TO GERRARD

Monday to Friday, midday only

September 6, 2015

Weekday late-evening and weekend and holiday evening service is reestablished on this route from Queens Park to Eglinton station. Buses operate at intervals of 30 minutes or better whenever the subway is open.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Last day of operation. In anticipation of the EGLINTON CROSSTOWN LRT receiving route number “5”, this service is renumbered 13 AVENUE ROAD effective the start of service the next day.


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