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16 McCowan

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Compiled by Pete Coulman and Jelo Gutierrez Cantos with assistance by Mike Vainchtein
Map by Jelo Gutierrez Cantos

May 11, 1968

With the extension of the BLOOR-DANFORTH SUBWAY to Warden station, service begins on the new 16 McCOWAN bus, replacing a portion of the 21 DANFORTH bus, now defunct. Buses on the main branch of 16 McCOWAN operate from Warden station via north on Warden, east on St. Clair Avenue East, northeast on Danforth Road and north on McCowan Road to Huronia Gate, looping via east on Huronia Gate, north on Lynnbrook, north on Stoneton and west on Ellesmere Road to McCowan, returning via south on McCowan over the reverse route to Warden station. Buses operate seven days a week, eighteen hours a day.

On Sunday mornings, before the start of subway service, service is extended southwest from Danforth Road and St. Clair via Danforth Road and Danforth Avenue to Main Street, heading north on Main Street into Main Street subway station, connecting with the 10 BLOOR-DANFORTH night buses.

Additional rush hour service is also provided between Warden station and Lawrence Avenue, with buses looping at the north end clockwise via west on Hollyhedge, north on Valpariso and east on Lawrence to McCowan.

Note that buses exit from Warden station via Warden Avenue and enter via St. Clair Avenue.

As this route operated entirely in Zone 2 (with the exception of the early Sunday morning extension), most buses employ the normal pay-enter system with transfer privileges to all connecting routes, with passengers paying separate fares between the subway and McCowan buses at Warden station. On Sunday mornings, when buses cross into Zone 1, a zone check is made both ways at the zone boundary at Danforth and Sibley (this would end once zone fares were eliminated on the TTC within Metropolitan Toronto in 1972).

Mc COWAN

16

ELLESMERE
WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

Mc COWAN

16A

LAWRENCE
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

Mc COWAN

16B

ELLESMERE
MAIN STN

Early Sunday mornings

January 31, 1969 (Friday)

Last day of operation of the 16A “Lawrence” rush hour short turn service. The next Monday, all rush hour service is routed to Ellesmere.

January 3, 1971

Service extended north of Ellesmere on McCowan to loop counterclockwise via a new off-street loop on the east side of McCowan, opposite Commander Boulevard (just north of Sheppard Avenue, and just past the Canadian Pacific railway tracks). The old looping via Huronia, Lynnbrook, Stoneton and Ellesmere discontinued. This change applies both for the main branch and the 16B Sunday morning extension to Main Street station.

Mc COWAN

16

C. P. R.
WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

Mc COWAN

16B

C. P. R.
MAIN STN

Early Sunday mornings

January 6, 1975

Service extended along a new branch operating north on McCowan Road to Sandhurst Circle, looping counterclockwise via east and south on Sandhurst and east on Finch to McCowan, returning over the reverse route. Service on this branch operates Mondays through Fridays, during rush hours and midday. Service to Sheppard continues at all other times.

Mc COWAN

16

C. P. R.
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, evenings
Weekend and holidays, 18 hours a day

Mc COWAN

16A

F I N C H
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

Mc COWAN

16B

C. P. R.
MAIN STN

Early Sunday mornings

January 4, 1976

Service altered to provide additional service to the Scarborough Town Centre and daily service to Finch Avenue at McCowan Road. 16 McCOWAN buses operate over the normal route from Warden station to Bushby (just north of Ellesmere) and west on Bushby, looping through the Scarborough Town Centre counterclockwise on Borough Drive to Bushby, returning to Warden via the reverse route. Service on McCowan Road north of Bushby now provided by an extension of 21 BRIMLEY.

Mc COWAN

16

TOWN CENTRE
WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

Mc COWAN

16B

TOWN CENTRE
MAIN STN

Early Sunday mornings

June 28, 1976 (or as early as October 1975)

Very early Sunday 16B service is replaced by the new 93 DANFORTH EAST NIGHT bus. Also on this date, s

March 23, 1985

Coincident with the opening of the SCARBOROUGH RT, all McCowan buses operate from Warden station via Warden, St. Clair, Danforth, McCowan to the Scarborough Centre bus access road just north of Ellesmere, and from there west into Scarborough Centre station, returning via the reverse route.

McCOWAN

16

SCARBOROUGH CENTRE

W A R D E N   S T N

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

September 4, 2005

Route made accessible using Orion VII low-floor buses on all trips. On or after this date, bike rack service becomes available.

16

M c C O W A N

 

16

M c C O W A N

TO SCARBOROUGH CENTRE

TO WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

Sunday, May 7, 2017

With TTC construction at Coxwell station at an end, Sunday late-evening interlining between this route and 70 O’CONNOR at Warden station resumes.


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