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72 Pape

Compiled by Pete Coulman
With assistance by Jeffrey Kay

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February 26, 1966

Coincident with the opening of the BLOOR-DANFORTH SUBWAY, service begins on a new bus route replacing a portion of the HARBORD streetcar and the 3 ASHBRIDGE bus. Buses operate from Pape subway station via south on Pape, west on Riverdale, and south on Carlaw. Buses on the main “72” branch loop via east on Queen, south on Pape and west on Eastern Avenue to Carlaw, returning via the reverse route. Buses on the 72A branch continue south on Carlaw and west on Commissioners to Munition, taking a U-turn through the intersection and doubling back on Commissioners to the Don Roadway. From there, buses head north on Saulter, west on Lake Shore Boulevard East and north on Parliament to Parliament loop just south of King Street, returning via the reverse route.

Buses on the main branch operate ever ten minutes or better, 7 days a week, 18 hours a day. Buses on the 72A branch operate every twenty minutes on weekdays during rush hours and midday, with additional service on weekdays from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Service is initially operated out of Sherbourne Garage.

P A P E

72

PAPE STATION
Q U E E N

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

P A P E
VIA COMMISSIONERS

72A

PAPE STATION
K  I  N  G

Monday to Friday, rush hours, midday and late evenings

The inaugural route was a diversion of the original 3 ASHBRIDGE service, and the result of heavy traffic being barred from the Cherry Street lift bridge until renovations could be done.

March 9, 1966

Service on Commissioners is extended west and now loops via north on Cherry, east on Villiers and south on Munition before heading east on Commissioners. Larger buses are no longer able to make the U-turn at Munition and Commissioners.

July 4, 1966

Trips through the Port area now operate via west on Commissioners, north on the Don Roadway (instead of Saulter) and west on Lake Shore Boulevard, returning via the reverse route.

April 23, 1967

Operation of this route is transferred from Sherbourne Garage to Danforth Garage.

September 16, 1968

With the reopening of the Cherry Street lift bridge to heavy traffic, service on 72 PAPE is revised to operate via west on Commissioners, north on Cherry Street and west on Lakeshore, eliminating service on the Don Roadway, and the doubling-back loop via Villiers and Munitions.

May 20, 1980

Service in the Cherry Street/Lake Shore area is revised, with westbound buses operating via Cherry past Lake Shore to Mill Street, west on Mill Street to Parliament and north on Parliament to Parliament loop. Eastbound buses continue to operate from Parliament loop, Parliament, Lake Shore and Cherry.

P A P E

72

PAPE STN
Q U E E N

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

P A P E
VIA COMMISSIONERS

72A

PAPE STN
K  I  N  G

Monday to Friday, rush hours, midday and late evenings

July 26, 1981

Operation of this route is transferred from Danforth Garage to Davenport Garage.

July 24, 1983

Coincident with the opening of Malvern Garage, operation of this route is transferred from Davenport Garage to Danforth Garage

February 9, 1987

Weekday late evening service on the 72A branch through the Port Lands is removed. All evening service now runs to Queen and Carlaw only.

September 3, 1996

In conjunction with the extension of rush hour 121 FRONT-ESPLANADE service east from Parliament loop to Lakeshore Garage on Commissioners Street, rush hour service on 72 PAPE is cut back to a new branch running to Cherry Street only, looping via north on Cherry, east on Villiers and south on Munitions to Commissioners.

NORTHBOUND/EASTBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND/WESTBOUND

72

P A P E

 

72

P A P E

TO PAPE STN

TO QUEEN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

72A

P A P E

 

TO KING
VIA COMMISSIONERS

Monday to Friday, midday only

 

 

 

72C

P A P E

 

TO CHERRY ST
VIA COMMISSIONERS

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

November 22, 1998

Accessible service introduced utilizing lift-equipped RTS buses on all trips, seven days a week.

February 14, 2000

To provide additional service to the developing Distillery District, eastbound buses now operate from Parliament loop via south on Parliament, east on Mill and south on Cherry Street. Service on Parliament Street south on Mill and on Lake Shore Boulevard between Parliament and Cherry is now eliminated. No change to service levels or destination signs.

July 23, 2000

Coincident with the launch of the 509 HARBOURFRONT and the elimination of the 121 FRONT-ESPLANADE route, service on the 72A (Pape Station to King via Commissioners) and 72C (Pape Station to Cherry Street via Commissioners) is replaced by a new service operating from Pape Station via south on Pape, west on Riverdale, south on Carlaw, west on Commissioners, north on Cherry, west on Mill and north on Parliament to Front. From there, buses continue west on Front, south on Berkeley, west on the Esplanade and north on Yonge, looping via west on Wellington, south on Bay (connecting with Union Station on the YONGE SUBWAY) and east on Front past Yonge to Scott Street and south on Scott to the Esplanade, returning east on the Esplanade via the reverse route. Service on the Esplanade operates in conjunction with the 65A PARLIAMENT route.

Buses on the new 72A “Union Station” branch operate during rush hours and midday on weekdays. Buses no longer serve Parliament loop or Villiars and Munitions. See this PDF of a flyer promoting this service extension.

NORTHBOUND/EASTBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND/WESTBOUND

72

P A P E

 

72

P A P E

TO PAPE STN

TO QUEEN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

72A

P A P E

 

TO UNION STN
VIA COMMISSIONERS

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

September 3, 2000

Buses that only operate during peak hours no longer serviced by accessible RTS vehicles. The rest of the service remains accessible, however.

March 31, 2002

Coincident with the closure of Danforth Garage, operations of this route are transferred to the new Eglinton Garage on Comstock Avenue.

August 31, 2003

Service rendered fully accessible with the use of low floor Orion VII buses on all trips. At this time, the name of destination exposure of the 72 branch is changed from Queen to Eastern in order to more accurately describe the route.

NORTHBOUND/EASTBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND/WESTBOUND

72

P A P E

 

72

P A P E

TO PAPE STN

TO EASTERN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

72A

P A P E

 

TO UNION STN
VIA COMMISSIONERS
AND THE ESPLANADE

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

May 9, 2004

Service begins on a seasonal service to Cherry Beach. In conjunction with the newly launched 172 CHERRY STREET bus, service on a new 72B PAPE (Pape Station to Union Station via Cherry Beach) is launched, operating over the regular 72A route from Pape Station to Commissioners and Cherry and then south on Cherry through the Cherry Beach loop, serving the International Ferry Terminal and returning to Commissioners before continuing via the remainder of the 72A route to Union Station. Service operates during the midday and afternoon peak hours on Weekdays.

NORTHBOUND/EASTBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND/WESTBOUND

72

P A P E

 

72

P A P E

TO PAPE STN

TO EASTERN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

72A

P A P E

 

TO UNION STN
VIA COMMISSIONERS
AND THE ESPLANADE

Monday to Friday, morning rush hours

 

 

 

72B

P A P E

 

TO UNION STN
VIA COMMISSIONERS
AND CHERRY STREET

Monday to Friday, midday and afternoon rush hours

September 7, 2004

Due to seasonal service reductions, service ends on the 72B branch of the PAPE bus, with the service reverting to the 72A operation (Pape station to Union Station via Commissioners). Monday to Friday daytime service is operating every 40 minutes, and interlined with the 172 CHERRY STREET bus. This seasonal extension is not provided again until 2009, as the bulk of service to Cherry Beach is provided by 172 CHERRY STREET.

November 22, 2008

In accordance with the TTC’s Ridership Growth Strategy, service on the Pape Station-Union Station branch of the 72 PAPE bus is extended to operate seven days a week, whenever the subway is open, effectively replacing the 172 CHERRY STREET routes.

May 10, 2009 - September 7, 2009

Seasonal service resumes on the 72B PAPE branch via Commissioners and Cherry Street to Cherry Beach. Buses operate Weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. the next morning.

September 30, 2009

Buses on this route are now equipped with bike racks.

May 9, 2010

Due to ongoing construction at Pape Station, buses are diverted via Danforth Avenue and Donlands to Donlands station. Also on this date, Seasonal service resumes on the 72B PAPE branch via Commissioners and Cherry Street to Cherry Beach, operating weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. the next morning.

NORTHBOUND/EASTBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND/WESTBOUND

72

P A P E

 

72

P A P E

TO PAPE STN
AND DONLANDS STN

TO EASTERN

Monday to Friday, 18 hours a day
Weekends and holidays daytime and early evening

 

 

 

72A

P A P E

 

TO UNION STN
VIA COMMISSIONERS

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday
Weekends and holidays before 9 a.m.

 

 

 

72B

P A P E

 

TO UNION STN
VIA COMMISSIONERS
AND CHERRY STREET

Monday to Friday, evenings
Weekend and holidays, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.

June 21, 2010

Service on the Cherry Beach branch is extended to operate on weekdays during the midday and afternoon rush hours, in place of 72A service.

September 6, 2010

Seasonal service on the 72B branch is reduced to operate during weekday evenings and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

October 10, 2010

Last day of seasonal service to Cherry Beach. All 72B trips are replaced by 72A trips.

May 8, 2011

The diversion via Danforth to Donlands station ends. Buses resume serving Pape station as major renovations at Pape station wind down. Also on this day, seasonal service resumes on the 72B PAPE branch via Commissioners and Cherry Street to Cherry Beach, operating in the same periods and at approximately the same dates as was done in 2010.

NORTHBOUND/EASTBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND/WESTBOUND

72

P A P E

 

72

P A P E

TO PAPE STN

TO EASTERN

Monday to Friday, 18 hours a day
Weekends and holidays daytime and early evening

 

 

 

72A

P A P E

 

TO UNION STN
VIA COMMISSIONERS

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday
Weekends and holidays before 9 a.m.

 

 

 

72B

P A P E

 

TO UNION STN
VIA COMMISSIONERS
AND CHERRY STREET

Monday to Friday, evenings
Weekend and holidays, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.

October 9, 2011

Due to low ridership, service is removed from Carlaw and Eastern to Union Station after 7 p.m., Sundays and holidays. Sunday evening service will only be operated on this portion of the route as a seasonal extension from mid-May to early October.

April 23, 2012

Due to the closure of Cherry Street north of Lake Shore Boulevard, 72 PAPE buses are diverted to operate both ways from Cherry and Lakeshore to Parliament and Mill via Lake Shore and Parliament. This diversion was expected to last for over a year. Cherry Street wasn’t reopened until Saturday, June 21, 2014, at which time service was being provided by the 172 CHERRY STREET bus.

May 6, 2012 to October 6, 2012

Seasonal service resumes on the 72B PAPE branch via Commissioners and Cherry Street to Cherry Beach. Service on south of Eastern Avenue now operates 18 hours a day, 7 days a week.

October 15, 2012

Due to construction at Union Station closing Front Street between Bay and Yonge, service is temporarily rerouted. Buses on the 72A branch operate over the regular route to Esplanade and Church and then operate via north on Church to loop via west on Wellington, north on York and east on King to Church Street. This, along with other construction diversions (off of Esplanade and Yonge for the L Tower construction, and the closure of the Cherry Street bridge) is only formally written into the schedule on June 23, 2013.

NORTHBOUND/EASTBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND/WESTBOUND

72

P A P E

 

72

P A P E

TO PAPE STN

TO EASTERN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

72A

P A P E

 

TO ST ANDREW STN
VIA COMMISSIONERS

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

May 12, 2013 - October 6, 2013

Seasonal service resumes on the 72B PAPE branch via Commissioners and Cherry Beach between Pape station and St. Andrew station. Service operates Monday to Friday after 7 p.m. and all day on weekends and holidays. Service on the regular 72A route remains in place during the daytime on weekdays and Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

January 5, 2014

Coincident with construction through the West Don Lands and Union Station, service west of Cherry Street is replaced by a resurrected 172 CHERRY STREET bus. Buses on the new 72C branch operate from Pape Station to Cherry Street and Commissioners, looping via north on Cherry, east on Villiers and south on Munitions. Buses operate Monday to Saturday, whenever the subway is open, and on Sundays and holidays up to 7 p.m. After 7 p.m. on Sundays and holidays, buses turn back at Carlaw and Eastern Avenue (previously known as the “Queen” branch).

On or around this date, most base service is extended from Eastern Avenue to Commissioners and Cherry Street. Service on Commissioners again operates 7 days a week, whenever the subway is open.

NORTHBOUND/EASTBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND/WESTBOUND

72

P A P E

 

72

P A P E

TO PAPE STN

TO EASTERN

Sunday and holiday evenings

 

 

 

72C

P A P E

 

TO COMMISSIONERS

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

May 11, 2014 to September 1, 2014

Sunday and holiday service after 7 p.m. is extended from Eastern Avenue to Cherry Street as part of a seasonal extension.

June 22, 2014

As part of the TTC’s system-wide reorganization of route branch designations, the route branches of 72 PAPE are redesignated as follows:

NORTHBOUND/EASTBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND/WESTBOUND

72

P A P E

 

 

 

TO PAPE STN

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

72A

P A P E

 

TO EASTERN

Not scheduled for the summer

 

 

 

72B

P A P E

 

TO CHERRY BEACH
VIA COMMISSIONERS

Seasonal Service but not yet scheduled

 

 

 

72C

P A P E

 

TO COMMISSIONERS

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

October 12, 2014

Sunday evening service is cut back for the season from Commissioners and Cherry to Eastern Avenue, restoring the 72A “Eastern” branch.

May 10, 2015

As part of its seasonal service increase, Sunday and holiday service to Eastern is extended to Commissioners and Cherry.

October 11, 2015

The Sunday evening seasonal cutback from Commissioners and Cherry to Eastern Avenue is permanently cancelled. All service operates now operates between Pape Station and Cherry Street, seven days a week, whenever the subway is open.

June 19, 2016

As part of the completion of Union Station renovations on Front Street, and part of a general improvement of service to the Distillery District and the Port Lands, service on the 72 PAPE bus is revised to provide through service to Queen’s Quay East. Service on the 72B branch operates from Pape station on the BLOOR-DANFORTH subway line via south on Pape Avenue, west on Riverdale Avenue, south on Carlaw Avenue, west on Commissioners Street, north on Cherry Street, west on Lake Shore Boulevard, south and west on Queens Quay East, north on Yonge Street, west on Wellington Street, south on Bay Street to Front Street (Union Station), returning via south on Bay and east on Queen’s Quay, east on Lake Shore, south on Cherry, east on Commissioners, north on Carlaw, east on Riverdale and north on Pape to Pape station.

Additional service is provided at all service hours except for overnight by the 72A branch, operating from Pape station via south on Pape, west on Riverdale and south on Carlaw to loop via east on Queen, south on Pape and west on Eastern to Carlaw, returning north via the reverse route.

NORTHBOUND/EASTBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND/WESTBOUND

72

P A P E

 

 

 

TO PAPE STN

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

72A

P A P E

 

TO EASTERN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

72B

P A P E

 

TO UNION STN
VIA COMMISSIONERS
AND QUEEN’S QUAY

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

February 13, 2017

The 72C “Commissioners” branch is re-established during peak hours, replacing the 72A “Eastern” branch at those times, in order to provide more service on Commissioners Road and to balance out service loads on the busier portion of the route. 72C buses follow the normal route to Cherry Street and then loop via north on Cherry, east on Villiers and south on Munition to Commissioners, returning east on Commissioners back to Pape station.

NORTHBOUND/EASTBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND/WESTBOUND

72

P A P E

 

 

 

TO PAPE STN

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

72A

P A P E

 

TO EASTERN

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

 

 

 

72B

P A P E

 

TO UNION STN
VIA COMMISSIONERS
AND QUEEN’S QUAY

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

72B

P A P E

 

TO COMMISSIONERS

Monday to Friday, rush hours only


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