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Subway closes early, November 5 to 7: Woodbine to St George



From Tuesday, November 5 until Thursday, November 7, the TTC is closing Line 2 Bloor - Danforth subway between Woodbine and St George Stations earlier than usually. Line 2 trains operate only between Kennedy and Woodbine stations and between Kipling and St George Stations after 11 p.m. those evenings. Crews are maintaining the tracks, while the subway is closed.

Shuttle buses operate along Danforth Avenue, the Prince Edward Viaduct and Bloor Streets East and West to partially replace Line 2 subway service. The buses stop on the street near each station along the closed section of the subway. TTC staff are available to direct passengers to the shuttle-bus stops.

(Or, consider shuttle-bus alternatives.)

Most stations on the closed section of Line 2 remain open so that passengers can buy fares or connect to buses, streetcars and the Line 1 Yonge - University subway. However, Chester, Sherbourne and Bay stations are closed.

Wheel-Trans service is available for passengers requiring accessible service.

According to a TTC news release, “While the TTC does most subway maintenance at the conclusion of service each night, it continues to require weekend and early weeknight closures to complete critical infrastructure and [signal] upgrades.”


The City of Toronto is likely revising parking regulations on and near Danforth Avenue to improve the flow of shuttle buses while the subway is closed, (as it has during previous occasions it closed this section of Line 2).


This is the last time this year that the TTC has scheduled a closure of this section of Line 2.


Shuttle buses

After 11 p.m. from Tuesday, November 5 until Thursday, November 7, westbound buses start their trips on Strathmore Boulevard beside Woodbine Station bus terminal, then proceed:

eastward along Strathmore;
southward along Cedarvale Avenue;
westward along Danforth Avenue, the Prince Edward Viaduct and Bloor Streets East and West; and then
northward along St. George Street to beside St George Station,
ending their trips.

(The buses then loop:

(northward along St. George;
(eastward along Prince Arthur Avenue; and then
(southward along Bedford to their starting point for westbound trips.)

Westbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on Strathmore Boulevard beside Woodbine Station,
  • on Danforth Avenue at Coxwell Avenue, Linnsmore Crescent, Donlands, Pape, Chester and Broadview Avenues,
  • on Bloor Street East at Castle Frank Road and Sherbourne and Yonge Streets,
  • on Bloor Street West at Bay Street and
  • on St. George Street beside St George Station.

Eastbound buses start their trips on Bedford Road beside St George Station, then proceed:

southward along Bedford;
eastward along Bloor Streets West and East, the Prince Edward Viaduct and Danforth Avenue;
northward along Woodbine Avenue; and then
eastward along Strathmore Boulevard to a temporary stop beside Woodbine Station bus terminal,
ending their trips.

Eastbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on Bedford Road beside St George Station,
  • on Bloor Street West at Bay and Yonge Streets,
  • on Bloor Street East at Sherbourne Street and Castle Frank Road,
  • on Danforth Avenue at Broadview Avenue, across from Chester Avenue, at Pape Avenue, across from Donlands Avenue, and at Linnsmore Crescent and Coxwell Avenues and
  • on Strathmore Boulevard beside Woodbine Station bus terminal.

Shuttle-bus alternatives

One way that you can reduce the impact of the closure is by planning ahead, leaving earlier than usually and giving yourself more time to get to where you’re going.

Although shuttle buses replacing subway service will be frequent, they may also be crowded.

Regular TTC buses and streetcars provide less frequent, less direct, but, perhaps, less stressful alternatives.

Consider boarding regular TTC buses between subway stations on the closed section of the line and stations on open sections as a way to bypass the shuttle buses entirely.

Board:

  • buses along the 94 Wellesley route at Ossington Station to Wellesley and Castle Frank Stations.
  • streetcars along the 504A King route at Dundas West Station to St Andrew and King stations;
  • buses along the 505 Dundas route at Dundas West Station to St Patrick, Dundas and Broadview Stations.
  • streetcars along the 506 Carlton route at Main Street Station to College and Queen’s Park stations.

Parking

(Note that the TTC has not confirmed information in this section of this post. However, the City has revised parking regulations to support shuttle-bus activity during previous occasions when the TTC has closed this section of the subway.)

To reduce congestion and help improve travel times for all road users on Danforth Avenue during the subway closure, the City of Toronto is (likely) temporarily restricting parking near key intersections with high volumes of buses and passengers boarding and exiting from buses.

The City is prohibiting parking from 11 p.m. Tuesday, November 5 until 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 6 and from 11 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. nightly until 2:30 a.m. Friday, November 8:

  • on Woodbine Avenue, northbound, between Danforth Avenue and Strathmore Boulevard;
  • on Strathmore Boulevard, eastbound, between Woodbine and Cedarvale Avenues;
  • on Cedarvale Avenue, southbound, between Strathmore Boulevard and Danforth Avenue;
  • on Danforth Avenue, westbound between Cedarvale and Woodbine Avenues; and
  • on Danforth Avenue near its intersections with Woodbine and Coxwell Avenues, Linnsmore Crescent and Donlands, Pape, Chester and Broadview Avenues.