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Subway closes early, November 16 to 19: Finch to Eglinton



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The TTC is closing Line 1 Yonge - University between Finch and Eglinton stations earlier than usually Monday, November 16 until Thursday, November 19. Line 1 subway trains operate only between Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and Eglinton stations after 11 p.m. those days.

Shuttle buses partly replace subway service, dropping off or picking up passengers at stops on Yonge Street near stations on the closed section of the line. TTC staff are available in each station to direct you to shuttle-bus stops.

(Or, consider a shuttle-bus alternative.)


Although shuttle buses are accessible, Wheel-Trans is also available for passengers. Ask TTC staff in each station for help or information about Wheel-Trans service.


Most stations on the closed section of the subway line remain open so you can pay for fares or connect with TTC buses and Line 4 Sheppard subway trains. However, North York Centre Station is closed. Note also that the TTC is temporarily closing exits / entrances at three stations:

  • At Sheppard - Yonge Station, it is temporarily closing the automatic entrance / exits on Yonge Street at Poyntz Avenue and Anndale Drive. You can use all other exits / entrances at the station.
  • At York Mills Station, it is temporarily closing the Old York Mills Road entrance / exit. Enter or exit the station in the York Mills Centre or Yonge Corporate Centre or at the northwest corner of Yonge Street and Wilson Avenue.
  • At Lawrence Station, it’s closing the entrances / exits at Bedford Park and Ranleigh Avenues. Enter or exit the station on Yonge Street at Lawrence Avenues East and West.

While this section of Line 1 is closed, TTC crews are maintaining the tunnel and signals in the subway corridor.

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 ATC upgrades.”


The TTC is closing this section of Line 1 once more in November:

  • Monday, November 23 until Thursday, November 26 — Finch to Eglinton — close early — tunnel and signal upgrades.

Shuttle buses

(We’ve based this part of the post on information available from TransSee, a web application that provides real-time bus tracking and predicts the location of the next vehicles at a stop. TransSee supplied the information during a previous, similar closure.)

Southbound buses start their trips in Finch Station terminal, then proceed:

westward along Finch Avenue East;
southward along Yonge Street to St. Clair Avenue.

Southbound passengers exit from buses on the north side of St. Clair Avenue East, just east of Yonge Street, beside the main entrance for St Clair Station. The buses then proceed:

eastward along St. Clair East;
southward along Avoca Avenue;
westward along Pleasant Boulevard; and then
northward into St Clair Station [lower] bus terminal,
ending their trips.

Northbound passengers board the buses in the lower bus terminal.

The buses then proceed:

westward along Pleasant Boulevard;
northward along Yonge Street;
eastward into Sheppard Avenue West; and then
northward into Sheppard - Yonge Station bus terminal,
ending their trips.

Northbound buses reverse the southbound routing.


Shuttle-bus alternatives

Plan your trips on the subway ahead of time late evenings this week 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 University branch, instead of the Yonge branch, to and from downtown Toronto and avoid the shuttle buses entirely. Or board buses along the 97 Yonge route to travel to and from stops on Yonge north of Davisville Avenue / Chaplin Crescent.

Ride buses or streetcars along routes serving streets north or south of the closure to reach stations on the University branch.

At the closure area:

  • Buses along the 84 Sheppard West route and board the subway at Sheppard West Station, instead of Sheppard - Yonge Station.
  • Buses along the 96 Wilson or 165 Weston Rd North routes and board the subway at Wilson Station, instead of York Mills Station.
  • Buses along the 52 Lawrence West route and board the subway at Lawrence West Station, instead of Lawrence Station.
  • Buses along the 32 Eglinton West route and board the subway at Eglinton West Station, instead of Eglinton Station.
  • Streetcars along the 512 St. Clair route and board the subway at St. Clair West Station, instead of St. Clair Station.

South of the closure area

  • Trains along the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line and board the 1 Yonge - University line at St. George Station, instead of Yonge Station.
  • Buses along the 506 Carlton route and board the subway at Queen’s Park Station, instead of College Station.
  • Streetcars along the 505 Dundas route and board the subway at St. Patrick Station, instead of Dundas Station.
  • Streetcars along the 501 Queen route and board the subway at Osgoode Station, instead of Queen Station.
  • Streetcars along the 504A / 504B King route and board the subway at St. Andrew Station, instead of King Station.