Compiled by Peter Coulman
Originally published on Alan Gryfe’s Route Histories.
Thanks to William Paul for his corrections to this article
May 11, 1968
Coincident with the extension of the BLOOR-DANFORTH SUBWAY from Keele to Islington stations, the 71 RUNNYMEDE bus service is split at Runnymede station. Effective on this day, service begins on the 78 RUNNYMEDE SOUTH bus operating south from Runnymede station via south on Runnymede Road, west on Morningside and south on Windemere to loop via west on the Queensway, north on Southport and east on Windemere Place to return via north on Windemere over the reverse route. Service operates out of Lansdowne garage with two buses providing ten minute headways.
Q U E E N S W A Y
7 days a week, 18 hours a day
September 7, 1971
The southern loop is altered to operate via south on Coe Hill, west on the Queensway and north on Windemere.
November 21, 1980
At the request of Etobicoke Council, the 78 RUNNYMEDE SOUTH route is merged back into 71 RUNNYMEDE, providing a continuous, no-transfer ride from St. Clair Avenue to the Queensway.
A dedicated route for Runnymede south of Runnymede station would reappear on January 7, 2001 with the launch of 77 SWANSEA, although this is primarily for rider identification. The route remains interlined with 71 RUNNYMEDE and 79 SCARLETT ROAD for a no-transfer ride from north of Bloor to the Queensway.
78 Runnymede South Image Archive
TTC GM New Look bus 2996 poses at Runnymede station while in service on 78 RUNNYMEDE SOUTH in June 1972. Photo donated by Pete Coulman.