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York Mills (1948-1949)

Compiled by Pete Coulman
Originally published by Alan Gryfe

Avenue Road high-level bridge over the Don River (West Branch)

Looking northeast at the intersection of Avenue Road & Wilson in 1949, a few years before the NORTH YONGE bus was extended west on Wilson (down the right side of the photo) and north on Avenue Road (across the bottom). The sharp-eyed among you may notice that Highway 401 is yet to be built.

Gordon H. Jarrett photo/Northway Survey Corp. Ltd.

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October 10, 1948

With the “temporary” conversion of the NORTH YONGE radial railway to buses, the new NORTH YONGE bus operates north from Glen Echo loop via Yonge Boulevard, largely bypassing the community of Hogg’s Hollow around the Yonge/York Mills intersection. To serve this community, a new bus route is established operating from Glen Echo loop at Toronto’s city limits via north on Yonge, east on Mill, north on Campbell Crescent, east on York Mills Road, north on Old Yonge to Yonge at the northern intersection between Yonge and Yonge Boulevard (where, today, Highway 401 passes above Yonge Street). From there, buses travel southbound on Yonge to Glen Echo loop.

One bus, operating on a 20 minute headway, runs from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Although operating entirely within the Township of North York, free transfers were included to and from zone one of the NORTH YONGE bus.

YORK MILLS

YONGE BLVD
CITY LIMITS

7 days a week, 18 hours a day
(Sign Assumed)

October 10, 1948

By this date, one 23-passenger Twin bus is providing the 20 minute service from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

January 10, 1949

Service reduced to rush hours only. NORTH YONGE buses to and from Steeles Avenue operate through Hogg’s Hollow when the YORK MILLS bus is not running.

January 25, 1949

Last day of operation. The majority of NORTH YONGE buses are rerouted back through Hogg’s Hollow, replacing the YORK MILLS route.

Service on York Mills would return in 1951 with an extension of the SHEPPARD bus although this would vanish in 1952. Permanent service on York Mills would arrive in 1955 with the launch of the 11 BAYVIEW route. Dedicated service on York Mills wouldn’t start until 1962 with the launch of the 95 YORK MILLS bus.