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108 Downsview (1978-2017)

Compiled by Jeffrey Kay

January 28, 1978

Coincident with the SPADINA SUBWAY, service begins on a new route introduced to replace the “Driftwood” branch of the 35 JANE bus and connect the Driftwood neighbourhood to Wilson station. Buses operate from the Lower Bus Terminal of Wilson station via north on Wilson Heights, west on Sheppard, north on Tuscan, west on St. Regis, south on Keele, west on Grandravine and north on Driftwood, looping west on Strong Gate, north on Jane and east south and west on Driftwood. Buses return over the reverse routing. Initially this service operates during the Monday through Friday daytime hours. The route is operated out of Wilson Garage.

DOWNSVIEW

108

JANE

WILSON STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

September 8, 1979

Saturday daytime service is introduced.

December 7, 1981

All trips rerouted south of Sheppard to and from Wilson station via Allen Road and Transit Road instead of Wilson Heights.

January 3, 1984

The service is rerouted to provide a new service on Arleta. Buses run from the newly opened North Terminal at Wilson station via north on Transit Road, north on Allen Road west on Sheppard, north on Arleta, and north on Driftwood to the existing loop via Strong Gate and Jane. Service on St. Regis and Grandravine replaced by the new 119 GRANDRAVINE route.

DOWNSVIEW

108

JANE
WILSON STN

Monday to Saturday, daytime hours

January 6, 1986

Monday through Friday evening service is added to 1 a.m.

January 7, 1990

Saturday evening service is added to 1 a.m., along with Sunday and holiday daytime and early evening service.

January 3, 1993

Coincident with the closure of Davenport Garage, operation of this route is transferred from Wilson Garage to Arrow Road Garage.

February 18, 1996

As part of a series of system-wide service cuts resulting from the elimination of provincial transportation subsidies, Saturday late-evening service is eliminated. To partially compensate for the elimination of the 119 GRANDRAVINE route, alternate buses are routed via Grandravine and St. Regis during rush hours. During the morning rush hours, every second eastbound bus leaving Jane and Driftwood operates via Grandravine, Keele, St. Regis and Tucson Gate before rejoining the main branch at Sheppard. During the afternoon rush hours, every second westbound bus reverses this routing.

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

108

DOWNSVIEW

 

108

DOWNSVIEW

TO JANE

TO WILSON STN

Monday to Friday, 18 hours a day
Weekends and holidays, daytime and early evening

108

DOWNSVIEW

 

108

DOWNSVIEW

TO JANE
VIA GRANDRAVINE

TO WILSON STN
VIA GRANDRAVINE

Monday to Friday, rush hours only
(Eastbound only mornings, westbound only afternoons)

March 31, 1996

With the opening of the new Downsview Station (at Allen Road and Sheppard) on the Spadina line, buses run east on Sheppard, then into the new Station. Early morning trips (before 6 AM Monday Saturday and before 9 AM on Sunday) are extended to Wilson and Transit via Allen Road and Transit Road. At some point before February 2001, these extended trips are designated as route 108B.

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

108

DOWNSVIEW

 

108

DOWNSVIEW

TO JANE

TO DOWNSVIEW STN

Monday to Friday, 18 hours a day
Weekends and holidays, daytime and early evening

108A

DOWNSVIEW

 

108A

DOWNSVIEW

TO JANE
VIA GRANDRAVINE

TO DOWNSVIEW STN
VIA GRANDRAVINE

Monday to Friday, rush hours only
(Eastbound only mornings, westbound only afternoons)

 

 

 

108B

DOWNSVIEW

 

TO WILSON STN

Early Sunday morning trips

July 28, 1996

This line is now designated as an accessible route and all off-peak trips and most peak trips are operated by new lift-equipped Orion buses.

January 13, 2001

Saturday late evening service is restored.

May 13, 2001

The westbound destination sign is changed from “Jane” to “Jane & Driftwood” to better describe the terminal location of this route on Jane Street.

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

108

DOWNSVIEW

 

108

DOWNSVIEW

TO JANE & DRIFTWOOD

TO DOWNSVIEW STN

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day
Sundays and holidays, daytime and early evening

108A

DOWNSVIEW

 

108A

DOWNSVIEW

TO JANE & DRIFTWOOD
VIA GRANDRAVINE

TO DOWNSVIEW STN
VIA GRANDRAVINE

Monday to Friday, rush hours only
(Eastbound only mornings, westbound only afternoons)

 

 

 

108B

DOWNSVIEW

 

TO WILSON STN

Early Sunday morning trips

February 13, 2005

The Lift Equipped buses are replaced by Low Floor Orion VII buses.

February 18, 2007

Bi-directional peak and midday service is added to the Grandravine branch with alternate buses running in both directions along the 108A branch.

June 24, 2007

Sunday and holiday late evening service is established on the main branch.

August 31, 2008

Buses on this route are now equipped with bike racks.

June 23, 2013

Weekday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday and Holiday daytime and early evening service established on the 108A branch, with buses alternating with the main branch on these times.

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

108

DOWNSVIEW

 

108

DOWNSVIEW

TO JANE & DRIFTWOOD

TO DOWNSVIEW STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

108A

DOWNSVIEW

 

108A

DOWNSVIEW

TO JANE & DRIFTWOOD
VIA GRANDRAVINE

TO DOWNSVIEW STN
VIA GRANDRAVINE

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day
Sunday and holidays, daytime and early evening

 

 

 

108B

DOWNSVIEW

 

TO WILSON STN

Early Sunday morning trips

June 22, 2014

As part of a system-wide reorganization of route branch designations, westbound buses on the 108 main branch are redesignated 108B, and are signed “Jane via Arleta”. The early morning service to Wilson station is redesignated 108C.

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

108A

DOWNSVIEW

 

108A

DOWNSVIEW

TO JANE & DRIFTWOOD
VIA GRANDRAVINE

TO DOWNSVIEW STN
VIA GRANDRAVINE

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day
Sunday and holidays, daytime and early evening

108B

DOWNSVIEW

 

108B

DOWNSVIEW

TO JANE & DRIFTWOOD
VIA ARLETA

TO DOWNSVIEW STN
VIA ARLETA

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

108C

DOWNSVIEW

 

TO WILSON STN

Early Sunday morning trips

May 10, 2015

Effective on this date, late-evening Sunday service is added to the 108A “via Grandravine” branch, so that both branches of this route operate 7 days a week, whenever the subway is open.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Ahead of the extension of the SPADINA SUBWAY to York University and into Vaughan, Downsview station is officially renamed Sheppard West. Destination signs have been adjusted in the days leading up to this change.

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

108A

DOWNSVIEW

 

108A

DOWNSVIEW

TO JANE & DRIFTWOOD
VIA GRANDRAVINE

TO SHEPPARD WEST STN
(FORMERLY DOWNSVIEW)
VIA GRANDRAVINE

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day
Sunday and holidays, daytime and early evening

108B

DOWNSVIEW

 

108B

DOWNSVIEW

TO JANE & DRIFTWOOD
VIA ARLETA

TO SHEPPARD WEST STN
(FORMERLY DOWNSVIEW)
VIA ARLETA

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

108C

DOWNSVIEW

 

TO WILSON STN

Early Sunday morning trips

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Last day of operation. Coincident with the extension of the SPADINA subway to Vaughan, service is renamed 108 DRIFTWOOD and extended to Pioneer Village station the next day.


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