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No subway service, St George to King,
March 16, 17



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The TTC is closing the Line 1 Yonge - University subway between St George and King Stations all day Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. Line 1 trains operate only between Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and St George stations and between Finch and King stations this weekend.

Shuttle buses partially replace subway service. Buses drop you off or pick you up on the street near subway stations on the closed section of the line.

Most stations on the closed section of Line 1 remain open so you can buy fares or connect with buses. However, Museum Station is closed.

Wheel-Trans service is available if you need accessible service in the closure area. However, King Station is not yet an accessible station. If you’re travelling southbound along the Yonge branch of Line 1 and you require an elevator, exit at Queen Station and ask any TTC employee for Wheel-Trans service.

This Saturday and Sunday, crews continue installing the automatic train control system (ATC) in the closed section of the line. According to a TTC news release, “When ATC is fully installed on Line 1, it will provide a more modern and reliable signal system that will help the TTC improve capacity by allowing for increased trips on the line.”

The release also explains, “While the TTC does most subway maintenance at the conclusion of service each night, it continues to require weekend closures to complete critical infrastructure and ATC upgrades, as well as work on the Eglinton Crosstown.”


Shuttle-bus alternatives

Plan your trips on the subway ahead of time this Saturday and Sunday to avoid stress and crowds. Leave extra time in your schedule and expect longer traveling times those days.

While shuttle buses operate frequently, they will be crowded.

Regular TTC buses and streetcars provide less frequent, less direct, but, perhaps, less stressful alternatives. Consider travelling along the Yonge branch, instead of the University branch, to and from downtown Toronto and avoid the shuttle buses entirely this weekend. Or, board north-south buses along the 6 Bay route at Bay Station.

You can ride buses or streetcars on routes serving streets north of the closure to reach stations on the Yonge branch:

  • Buses along the 60 Steeles West route and board the subway at Finch Station, instead of Pioneer Village Station.
  • Buses along the 36 Finch West route and board the subway at Finch Station, instead of Finch West Station.
  • Buses along the 84 Sheppard West or 984 Sheppard West express routes and board the subway at Sheppard-Yonge Station, instead of Sheppard West Station.
  • Buses along the 96 Wilson or 165 Weston Rd North routes and board the subway at York Mills Station, instead of Wilson Station.
  • Buses along the 52 Lawrence West route and board the subway at Lawrence Station, instead of Lawrence West Station.
  • Buses along the 32 Eglinton West route and board the subway at Eglinton Station, instead of Eglinton West Station.
  • Streetcars along the 512 St. Clair route and board the subway at St. Clair Station, instead of St. Clair West Station.
  • Trains along the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line and board the 1 Yonge - University line at Yonge Station, instead of St George Station.
  • Streetcars along the 506 Carlton route and board the subway at College Station, instead of Queen’s Park Station.
  • Buses along the 505 Dundas route and board the subway at Dundas Station, instead of St. Patrick Station.
  • Streetcars along the 501 Queen route and board the subway at Queen Station, instead of Osgoode Station.
  • Streetcars along the 504 King route and board the subway at King Station, instead of St. Andrew Station.

(Note, however, that Lawrence and College stations don’t have elevators.)

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The TTC has already closed this portion of Line 1 six times this year:


The TTC is scheduling at least eight more closures of this section of the subway this year:

  • Monday, March 18 until Thursday, March 21 after 11 p.m. - St Clair West to Union - ATC.
  • Monday, March 25 until Thursday, March 28 after 11 p.m. - Bloor to St Andrew - ATC.
  • Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31 - St Clair West to Union - ATC.
  • Monday, April 1 until Thursday, April 4 after 11 p.m. - St Clair West to St Andrew - ATC.
  • Monday, April 8 until Thursday, April 11 after 11 p.m. - St Clair West to Union - ATC.
  • Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 - Bloor to Osgoode - ATC.
  • Monday, April 22 until Thursday, April 25 after 11 p.m. - Bloor to St Andrew - ATC.
  • Monday, April 29 until Thursday, May 2 after 11 p.m. - St Clair West to Union - ATC.