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172 Cherry Street (2004-2008 & 2014-2016)

172 Cherry Street Map

Compiled by James Bow
With information from Mike’s Transit Stop.

As plans to redevelop the Portlands progressed in the early part of the 21st century, the City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission saw a need to improve public transit in the area. The area around Commissioners Street, Cherry Street, Mill Street and the Esplanade was already served by the 72A branch of the PAPE bus, but Cherry Street south of Commissioners had not supported a bus route for several years.

The TTC studied travel patterns in the area as well as development plans and decided that Cherry Street south of Commissioners could be served during the daytime on weekdays by a branch of the 72 PAPE bus. During the evenings, however, Commissioners Street did not have the passengers to support a bus service in the way the Esplanade did. So, during weekday evenings and weekends, the TTC proposed installing a new bus route, operating over the Esplanade, Mill and Cherry Street portions of the 72A PAPE bus, and continuing south on Cherry Street beyond Commissioners to serve the new ferry service to Rochester and the Cherry Beach area. The TTC saw this as a seasonal service that would operate during the summer months and when the Rochester ferry was in service.

May 9, 2004

Service begins on 172 CHERRY STREET, with buses operating from a loop in a parking lot near Cherry Beach (Clarke Beach Park), via north on Cherry Street, west on Mill Street, north on Parliament Street, west on Front Street, south on Berkeley Street and west on the Esplanade to Yonge Street, looping via north on Yonge, west on Wellington, south on Bay, east on Front and south on Scott, returning to Clarke Beach Park over the return route. Service detours into the Toronto International Ferry Terminal when ferry service operates

Service operates during weekday evenings and Saturday, Sunday and holiday daytime and evening hours, at 20 minute intervals during the daytime and 30 minute intervals during the evening. At other times, service is provided by the 72B branch of the PAPE bus, operating westbound via Commissioners, then south on Cherry Street to Clarke Beach Park, doubling back via the 172 CHERRY STREET routing to Union Station, and returning via the same route to Commissioners Street.

172

CHERRY STREET

 

172

CHERRY STREET

TO UNION STN

TO CHERRY BEACH

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

July 26, 2004

The last bus to operate into the Toronto International Ferry Terminal departs at 8:45 p.m. as the terminal now closes its doors at 9:00 p.m.

September 8, 2004

Due to seasonal service reductions, service ends on the 72B branch of the PAPE bus, with the service reverting to the 72A operation (Pape station to Union station via Commissioners). Monday to Friday daytime service now provided by 172 CHERRY BEACH, operating every 40 minutes, and interlined with the 72A PAPE bus.

November 22, 2004

Due to seasonal reductions, weekday service ends on this route.

December 19, 2004

Due to seasonal reductions, weekday and holiday service on this route is cut back to Commissioners Street, looping via east on Villiers Street and south on Munitions Street. Buses operate at 15 minute intervals on Saturdays and 30 minute intervals on Sundays and holidays.

May 8, 2005

Due to a seasonal increase in ridership demand, service on Cherry Street south of Commissioners to Clarke Beach Park is restored.

June 30, 2005

Due to the resumption of ferry service between Toronto and Rochester, service increased to all days of the week between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. with buses diverting into the International Marine Passenger Terminal.

November 22, 2005

Due to a reduction in ferry service, service on this route is suspended Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

January 2, 2006

Because it had been announced that the Rochester ferry would not sail through January, February and most of March all remaining weekday service on this route was suspended. Weekend and holiday service is cut back from Clarke Beach Park to the corner of Cherry Street and Commissioners Street, looping via east on Villiers Street and south on Munitions Street. This operation is now designated as the 172A branch of the CHERRY STREET bus.

Ferry service to Rochester did not resume for this year.

172A

CHERRY STREET

 

172A

CHERRY STREET

TO UNION STN

TO COMMISSIONERS

Weekend and holidays, 18 hours a day

May 7, 2006

As part of the usual seasonal ridership increase, weekend and holiday service on the 172 branch to Clarke Beach Park is restored.

June 19, 2006

Weekday service established, operating on the 172A branch between Union station and Commissioners Street, looping via Villiers and Munitions. It was expected that this service would operate until Labour Day.

172

CHERRY STREET

 

172

CHERRY STREET

TO UNION STN

TO CHERRY BEACH

Weekend and holidays, 18 hours a day

172A

CHERRY STREET

 

172A

CHERRY STREET

TO UNION STN

TO COMMISSIONERS

Monday to Friday, 18 hours a day

September 5, 2006

As announced, weekday service on the 172A branch to Commissioners Street is suspended. Weekend and holiday service to Clarke Beach Park is cut back to Commissioners Street.

Due to repairs on the Cherry Street bridge, service is temporarily diverted in both directions via Lake Shore Boulevard, Don Roadway, and Villiers Street. Buses return to Cherry Street and loop via Cherry, Commissioners and Munitions to Villiers.

May 14, 2007

Weekday evening service established on the 172A branch between Union station and Commissioners Street. Weekend and holiday service to Clarke Beach Park is re-established.

September 4, 2007

Weekday service eliminated as per seasonal reductions. Weekend and holiday service again cut back from Clarke Beach Park to Commissioners Street.

October 21, 2007

Weekend and holiday evening service suspended.

May 11, 2008

Weekend and holiday evening service restored and service extended to Clarke Beach Park during these times. Monday to Friday evening service re-established between Union station and Commissioners Street.

September 2, 2008

All service cut back from Clarke Beach Park to Commissioners Street.

November 23, 2008

As part of the Ridership Growth Strategy, service on the 72A PAPE route between Pape station and Union station is increased to operate seven days a week whenever the subway is open. As this service duplicates the runs of 172 CHERRY STREET, all service on 172 CHERRY STREET is suspended until May 2009.

May 10, 2009

Rather than reinstate seasonal service on 172 CHERRY STREET, the TTC alters service on 72A PAPE, jogging buses in both directions south on Cherry Street from Commissioners to turn around at the end of the street near Cherry Beach. Thus the 172 CHERRY STREET bus route can now be considered defunct.

January 5, 2014

Persistent delays resulting from construction in downtown Toronto led to the splitting of the 72 PAPE route and the resurrection of 172 CHERRY STREET. Effective on this day, buses loop through the downtown from Wellington and Church via west on Wellington, north on York, east on King, and south on Church and then proceed south on Church, east on the Esplanade, north on Berkeley, east on Front, south on Parliament, east on Lake Shore and south on Cherry, looping via Villiers, Munition and Commissioners Streets, where connections can be made with 72C PAPE buses. Service operates 7 days a week, except Sunday evenings.

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

172

CHERRY STREET

 

172A

CHERRY STREET

TO ST ANDREW STN

TO COMMISSIONERS

7 days a week, 18 hours a day
Except Sunday and holiday evenings.

 

 

 

172B

CHERRY STREET

 

TO CHERRY BEACH

Seasonal extension, starting May 2014

May 11, 2014

Seasonal service begins on the 172B extension of the route, serving Cherry Beach. Buses operate over the normal route to Cherry and Commissioners, then continue south on Cherry to loop through the parking lot at Cherry Beach. Buses operate 7 days a week, after 9 a.m. Early morning and morning rush hour service continues to operate to Commissioners only. Weekday daytime service ends after Labour Day, and the remaining service ends after Thanksgiving Monday. This pattern is repeated the following year.

June 21, 2014

With Cherry Street south of Mill reopened for traffic, buses return to Mill Street, operating in both directions from Parliament via Mill and Cherry to Lake Shore Boulevard and beyond, offering direct service to the Distillery District.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The seasonal extension to Cherry Beach resumes on this date, with buses operating to Carlaw via Cherry Beach weekday evenings and all day weekdays and holidays.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Last day of service. Service replaced by revisions to 72 PAPE and the launch of the 514 CHERRY streetcar and the 121 FORT YORK-ESPLANADE bus route.


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