51 Leslie

Compiled by Peter Coulman
Additional information by John Knight

February 26, 1966

A new route established running from Eglinton station via east on Eglinton and north on Leslie to an off-street loop at the North York Township Works Yard, south of Sheppard Avenue. 51 LESLIE replaces a portion of the 25A DON MILLS service. Buses run all day, Mondays through Saturdays, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Buses operate at 20 minute frequencies (with 3 buses) during rush hours and every 30 minutes at all other times during the weekdays and Saturdays (using 2 buses). A single bus provides hourly service in Sundays. Service operates out of Eglinton Garage.

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Y O R K   M I L L S
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day
Sunday and holiday, daytime

May 12, 1968

An additional bus provided for Sunday service, increasing frequencies to every 30 minutes. Sunday service now operates from 9 a.m. to midnight.

June 3, 1968

Coincident with a realignment of Leslie Street, buses now loop via east and north through the North York General Hospital ramp, west over a new bridge and south via the ramp to Leslie Street and return.

January 6, 1969

Monday to Friday daytime service extended north on Leslie to loop near McNicoll. Buses on the 51A branch loop via east on Clansmen, north on Cresthaven and west on Dexter to Leslie and return. Weekday evenings and all weekend service continues to turn back at the North York General Hospital, near Sheppard.

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51

S H E P P A R D
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Friday, evenings
Weekend and holidays, 18 hours a day

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51A

HILLCREST VILLAGE
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

January 2, 1972

Evening and weekend service extended to Hillcrest Village.

October 15, 1972

All service extended north on Leslie and east on Steeles to just past Don Mills, looping via south on Townsend, west on Freshmeadow and north on Don Mills to Steeles, returning via reverse route. Buses operate every ten minutes during rush hours and every 25 minutes at all other times.

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51

S T E E L E S
EGLINTON STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

September 4, 1973

Between 8:20 and 9:05 a.m., certain morning rush hour trips short turn at Finch Avenue via north on Leslie, east and south on Ravel and west on Finch to Leslie. These trips, serving students, did not appear on timetables, nor did they continue during the summer months. No new branch was set up for this service, and buses operated with a “SHORT TURN” or “SPECIAL” sign. Service continued until at least March 1976

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51

S T E E L E S
EGLINTON STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

SHORT TURN

51S

L E S L I E

Monday to Friday, late morning rush hour

February 18, 1996

As part of a systemwide reduction in service resulting from an elimination of provincial subsidy, late evening weekday service and evening weekend service eliminated.

September 2, 2001

Accessible service established for this route on or before this date.

November 24, 2002

Coincident with the opening of the SHEPPARD SUBWAY, buses in both direction are routed through Leslie station’s bus terminal. Southbound buses loop through the station by turning west on Sheppard, north, west and south on Old Leslie, looping through the terminal, south again on Old Leslie and east on what is today Esther Shiner Blvd. Northbound buses turn right on the access road to North York General Hospital, cross over Leslie Street on a bridge, and then proceed west on Esther Shiner and north on Old Leslie to the bus terminal. They return to the route via south on Old Leslie and east on Esther Shiner before resuming their northbound service to Steeles.

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TO EGLINTON STN

TO STEELES

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

November 23, 2008

As part of the Ridership Growth Strategy, service restored to operate at intervals of 30 minutes or better, seven days a week, whenever the subway is open. Weekday late evening, Saturday early morning and evening and Sunday evening services interlined with 61 AVENUE ROAD NORTH.

May 8, 2011

As part of a general reallocation of resources, Sunday and holiday service after 10 p.m. eliminated.


References

  • Orders&Notices #2667, February 1, 1966

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