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Weekend events affect transit services, March 26, 27 and 28



In Toronto events, festivals, road races or parades occur most weekends from early April until late October, generally resulting in the City closing streets and the TTC detouring transit services.

No events affect Toronto transit services this weekend (next weekend will be a different story), but, the festival season has already started elsewhere in the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton and the Golden Horseshoe, as special events in Barrie, Burlington, Elmira (Woolwich Township) and Hamilton affect transit services.


The events affect these routes:

Barrie Transit12 Blake, 14 Eastview.

Burlington Transit1 Fairview / Plains.

Grand River Transit21 Elmira.

Hamilton Street Railway2 Barton, 3 Cannon, 4 Bayfront, 7 Locke, 8 York, 11 Parkdale, 41 Mohawk.


The Friday, March 26 event affecting transit services is the Barrie Earth Hour Festival.

The Saturday, March 27 events affecting transit services are the Barrie Earth Hour Festival and the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival.

The Sunday, March 28 events affecting transit services are the Around the Bay Road Race and the Barrie Earth Hour Festival.


Barrie


Barrie Earth Hour Music Festival

The City of Barrie is closing

  • Collier Street between Owen and Mulcaster Streets from 6 a.m. on Friday, March 26 until 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 28 and between Mulcaster and Poyntz Streets from 3:30 until 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 and
  • Mulcaster Street between Worsley Street and Dunlop Street East from 3:30 until 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 27

to accommodate the second annual concert in front of Barrie City Hall.

The event affects Barrie Transit service.

12 Blake

From 6 a.m. on Friday, March 26 until 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 28, inbound passengers should expect detours or delays on Collier Street.

14 Eastdale

From 6 a.m. on Friday, March 26 until 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 28, outbound passengers should expect detours or delays on Collier Street.


Burlington


Around the Bay 30k Road Race

The Cities of Burlington and Hamilton are closing various streets on Sunday to accommodate the 116th annual road race — the longest-running annual event of its kind in North America — supporting the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Foundation.

Burlington Transit and the Hamilton Street Railway are revising service during the event. Race participants follow a course that starts and ends in downtown Hamilton, but also stretches to the east end of lower Hamilton and into Burlington, so detours are complex.

The City of Burlington is closing

  • eastbound lanes of Plains Road West between Spring Gardens Road and North Shore Boulevard West

and other streets in the Aldershot and Burlington Beach areas from 10:30 a.m. until about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 29. The City is re-opening the streets after the last race participant clears the area.

The event affects Burlington Transit and Hamilton Street Railway service — mostly in Hamilton, but also, to a small extent, in Burlington.


Burlington Transit
1 Fairview / Plains

From about 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 28, passengers should expect delays as race participants pass along Plains Road West between North Shore Boulevard West and Spring Gardens Road.

Burlington Transit is also detouring the buses operating along the route into and out of downtown Hamilton.


Hamilton Street Railway
11 Parkdale

From about 10 until 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 28, northbound buses skip all stops along Lakeshore Road between Eastport Drive and Northshore Boulevard East / Maple Avenue.

After crossing the Burlington city limits, the buses detour:

northward along the Queen Elizabeth Way;
eastward along Fairview Street; and then
southward along Maple Avenue to Lakeshore Road / Northshore Boulevard East,
resuming their regular route eastward along Lakeshore.

Southbound buses reverse this routing.

The HSR has more extensive detours for this and other routes in Hamilton during the race.


Elmira


Elmira Maple Syrup Festival

During the festival on Saturday, March 20, Grand River Transit is increasing service along the 21 Elmira route to get visitors to and from the events.

Southbound buses leave Arthur and Church Streets in Elmira at 6:55, 7:33, 8:07, 8:32, 8:57, 9:27, 9:52, 10:17, 1047, 11:12 and 11:36 a.m. and 12:07, 12:47, 1:27, 2:07, 2:46, 3:12, 3:42 and 4:12 p.m. Saturday.

Northbound buses leave Conestoga Mall at 6:30, 7, 7:30, 7:55, 8:20, 8:50, 9:15, 9:40, 10:10, 10:35, 11 and 11:30 a.m., 12:10, 12:50, 1:30, 2:10, 2:45, 3:15 and 3:45 p.m. Saturday.

To provide passengers faster service to the festival, GRT reroutes the northbound buses leaving Conestoga Mall at 7, 7:30, 7:55, 8:20, 8:50, 9:15, 9:40, 10:10, 10:35 and 11 a.m. The buses operate along their regular route to Sawmill Road and Regional Highway 85, then proceed:

eastward along Sawmill;
northward along New Jerusalem Road;
westward along Southfield Drive;
northward along Union Street; and then
westward along First Street to Duke Street,
resuming their regular route northward along Duke.

These buses skip their regular stops on Highway 85 opposite Gerrat Drive and at Scotch Line Road and on Arthur Street South north of Union Street and Earl Martin Drive, at Southfield Drive and north of Oriole Parkway.

You can see a map and schedule for the special Maple Syrup Festival service here. (.pdf)


Hamilton


Around the Bay 30k Road Race

The Cities of Burlington and Hamilton are closing various streets on Sunday to accommodate the 116th annual road race — the longest-running annual event of its kind in North America — supporting the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Foundation.

Burlington Transit and the Hamilton Street Railway are revising service during the event. Race participants follow a course that starts and ends in downtown Hamilton, but also stretches to the east end of lower Hamilton and into Burlington, so detours are complex.

The City of Hamilton is closing

  • westbound lanes of Barton Street East between the Red Hill Valley Parkway and Woodward Avenue from 10 until 11 a.m.,
  • northeastbound lanes (toward Burlington) of Beach Boulevard between Van Wagner’s Beach Road and Eastport Drive (north) from about 10 until 11:30 a.m.,
  • eastbound lanes of Britannia Avenue between Cannon Street East and Parkdale Avenue North from about 9:30 until 11:30 a.m.,
  • eastbound lanes of Cannon Street East between Sherman Avenue North and Britannia Avenue from about 9:30 until 11:30 a.m.,
  • all lanes (except one westbound lane) of Melvin Avenue between Parkdale Avenue North and Woodward Avenue from 10 until 11:30 a.m.,
  • northbound lanes of Parkdale Avenue North between Queenston Road and Melvin Avenue from about 10 until 11:30 a.m.,
  • northbound lanes of Sherman Avenue North between Wilson Street and Cannon Street East from about 9:30 until 11:30 a.m.,
  • eastbound lanes of Wilson Street between James Street North and Sherman Avenue North from about 9:30 until 11:30 a.m.,
  • all lanes (except one southbound lane) of Woodward Avenue between Melvin Avenue and Burlington Street East from 10 until about 11:30 a.m.,
  • all lanes of York Boulevard between Hess and MacNab Streets North from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.,
  • all lanes of York between Valley Inn Road and Dundurn Street North from10:45 a.m. until 3 p.m.,
  • eastbound lanes of York between Dundurn and Hess Streets North from 10:45 a.m. until 3 p.m.

From 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., the City is also closing to traffic all streets in an area just north of downtown Hamilton for a shorter 5 km race. Guise Streets East and West, Bay Street North, York Boulevard, Wilson Street and John Street North form the boundaries of this area.

The City is re-opening all streets after the last race participant clears the area.


Burlington Transit

1 Fairview / Plains

From 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., eastbound buses (operating toward Burlington) start their trips at King and James Streets in downtown Hamilton, then proceed:

westward along King Street West;
north- and eastward along Highway 403;
northward along Highway 6;
eastward along Old York Road; and then
southward along Plains Road West to York Boulevard,
resuming their regular route, eastward along Plains West.

From 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., westbound buses (operating toward Hamilton) proceed along their regular route to Plains Road West and York Boulevard, then detour:

northward along Plains Road West;
westward along Old York Road;
southward along Highway 6;
south- and westward along Highway 403;
eastward along Main Streets West and East;
northward along John Street South; and then
westward along King Street East to James Street,
ending their trips.


Hamilton Street Railway
2 Barton

All day, inbound buses operate along their regular route in downtown Hamilton. From about 9:25 until 9:40 a.m., Hamilton Police Service officers stop all traffic from crossing the intersection of James Street North and York Boulevard / Wilson Street, delaying the buses. Passengers should plan extra time for their trips.

All day, outbound buses operate along their regular route in downtown Hamilton. From about 9:25 until 9:40 a.m., Hamilton Police Service officers stop all traffic from crossing the intersection of John Street North and Wilson Street, delaying the buses. Passengers should plan extra time for their trips.

From 10 until 11:30 a.m., inbound buses operate along their regular route to Barton Street East and the Red Hill Valley Parkway, then detour:

northward along the Parkway;
westward along the Queen Elizabeth Way;
westward along Burlington Street East; and then
southward along Parkdale Avenue North to Barton East,
resuming their regular route westward along Barton.

From 10 until 11:30 a.m., outbound buses operate along their regular route to Melvin Avenue and Parkdale Avenue North, then detour:

northward along Parkdale North;
eastward along Burlington Street East;
eastward along the Queen Elizabeth Way; and then
southward along the Red Hill Valley Parkway to Barton Street East,
resuming their regular route eastward along Barton East.

4 Bayfront

From 7:15 until 9:15 a.m. and from 10:45 a.m. until 3 p.m., inbound buses follow their regular route to King and James Streets.

From 7:15 until 9:15 a.m. and from 10:45 a.m. until 3 p.m., outbound buses start their trips at King and James Streets, then proceed:

southward along James Street South;
eastward along Main Street East;
northward along John Streets South and North; and then
westward along Cannon Streets East and West to MacNab Street North,
resuming their regular route northward along MacNab North.

From 9:15 until 10:30 a.m., inbound buses operate along their regular route to Burlington Street East and Wellington Street North, then detour:

southward along Wellington North; and then
westward along King Street East to James Street,
ending their trips.

From 9:15 until 10:30 a.m., outbound buses start their trips at King and James Streets then proceed:

southward along James Street South;
eastward along Main Street East; and then
northward along Victoria Avenues South and North to Burlington Street East,
resuming their regular route eastward along Burlington East.

From 10 until 11:30 a.m., inbound buses operate along their regular route to Barton Street East and the Red Hill Valley Parkway, then detour:

northward along the Parkway;
westward along the Queen Elizabeth Way;
westward along Burlington Street East;
southward along Parkdale Avenue North;
eastward along Brampton Street; and then
northward along Dunn Avenue to Glow Avenue,
resuming their regular route westward along Glow.

Buses will drop off and pick up passengers at a temporary stop on the east side of Dunn Avenue, north of Brampton Street.

From 10 until 11:30 a.m., outbound buses operate along their regular route to Glow and Dunn Avenues, then detour:

southward along Dunn;
westward along Brampton Street;
northward along Parkdale Avenue North;
eastward along Burlington Street East;
eastward along the Queen Elizabeth Way; and then
southward along the Red Hill Valley Parkway to Barton Street East;
resuming their regular route eastward along Barton.

Buses will drop off and pick up passengers at a temporary stop on the west side of Dunn Avenue at Brampton Street.

3 Cannon

From 9 until 11:30 a.m., inbound buses operate along their regular route to Roxborough and Strathearne Avenues, then detour:

southward along Strathearne;
westward along Main Street East; and then
westward along King Street East to Wellington Street,
resuming their regular route westward along King.

From 9 until 11:30 a.m., outbound buses operate along their regular route to John Street South and Main Street East, then detour:

eastward along Main East;
around the Queenston Road Traffic Circle; and then
northward along Strathearne Avenue to Roxborough Avenue,
resuming their regular route eastward along Roxborough.

7 Locke

From 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., inbound buses operate along their regular route to Main Street West and Bay Street South, then detour:

eastward along Main Streets West and East;
northward along John Streets South and North;
westward along Rebecca Street to James Street North; and then
southward along James to King Street,
ending their trips.

All day, **outbound buses operate along their regular route.

41 Mohawk

From about 9:30 until 11 a.m., passengers should expect delays as race participants pass along Cannon Street East at Ottawa Street North and Kenilworth Avenue North.

11 Parkdale

From 10 until 11:30 a.m., northbound buses operate along their regular route to Parkdale Avenue North and Roxborough Avenue, then detour:

westward along Roxborough;
northward along Walter Avenue North;
eastward along Barton Street East;
northward along Parkdale;
eastward along Glow Avenue;
southward along Dunn Avenue;
westward along Brampton Street;
northward along Parkdale;
eastward along Burlington Street East;
northward along the Queen Elizabeth Way;
northward along Eastport Drive;
southward along Beach Boulevard;
north- and eastward along the Queen Elizabeth Way;
eastward along Fairview Street; and then
southward along Maple Avenue to Lakeshore Road,
resuming their regular route eastward along Lakeshore toward the Downtown Burlington Terminal.

Buses will drop off and pick up passengers at a temporary stop on the east side of Dunn Avenue, north of Brampton Street. They will also pick up passengers heading toward Burlington on the south, instead of the north, side of Beach Boulevard.

Passengers should expect delays as race participants pass along Britannia Avenue at Walter Avenue North and plan to add extra time to their trips.

From 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., southbound buses operate along their regular route from the Downtown Burlington Terminal to Lakeshore Road and Maple Avenue, then detour:

northward along Maple;
westward along Fairview Street;
west- and southward along the Queen Elizabeth Way;
westward along Burlington Street East;
southward along Parkdale Avenue North;
eastward along Brampton Street;
northward along Dunn Avenue;
westward along Glow Avenue;
southward along Parkdale;
westward along Barton Street East;
southward along Walter Avenue North; and then
eastward along Roxborough Avenue to Parkdale,
resuming their regular route southward along Parkdale.

Buses will drop off and pick up passengers at a temporary stop on the west side of Dunn Avenue at Brampton Street.

8 York

From 7 until 10:45 a.m., inbound buses operate along their regular route to York Boulevard and Queen Street North, then detour:

southward along Queen;
eastward along Main Streets West and East;
northward along John Streets South and North;
westward along Rebecca Street to James Street North; and then
southward along James to King Street,
ending their trips.

From 7 until 10:45 a.m., outbound buses operate along their regular route to King Street West and Bay Street, then detour:
westward along King; and then
northward along Hess Street North to Cannon Street West,
resuming their regular route westward along Cannon.

From 10:45 a.m. until 3 p.m., inbound buses, start their trips at Lamoreaux Street and Strathcona Avenue North, as usual, then proceed:

northward along Strathcona North;
westward along Tom Street;
southward along Dundurn Streets North and South;
eastward along Main Streets West and East;
northward along John Streets South and North;
westward along Rebecca Street to James Street North, and then
southward along James to King Street.

From 10:45 a.m. until 3 p.m., outbound buses operate along their regular route to King Street West and Bay Street and then detour:

westward along King; and then
northward along Strathcona Avenue North to Lamoreaux Street,
ending their trips.


You can read details of the detours in downtown Hamilton and see maps of the 30k and 5k race routes here. (.pdf)

You can read details of the detours in east-end Hamilton here. (.pdf)

You can read a list of regular HSR stops without transit service during the race here. (.pdf)


Woolwich

See Elmira


Inbound buses operate toward downtown.

Outbound buses operate away from downtown.