26 Bayview North (1974-1991)

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Compiled by Peter Coulman

March 30, 1974

Coincident with the opening of the YONGE SUBWAY extension to Finch, service on BAYVIEW 11 is split at Sheppard Avenue. Buses operating on 26 BAYVIEW NORTH run from the new Sheppard station via east on Sheppard and north on Bayview to loop at the existing off-street loop at the northwest corner of Bayview and Steeles, returning via the reverse route. Service operates seven days a week, eighteen hours a day.

BAYVIEW NORTH

26

S T E E L E S
SHEPPARD STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

In the mid 1980s, when tri-colour rollsigns were replaced with all-black versions, buses on 26 BAYVIEW NORTH received the following:

B  A  Y  V  I  E  W
N   O   R   T   H

26

S T E E L E S
SHEPPARD STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

For the majority of this route’s service life, buses operated every 14 minutes during rush hours using two vehicles, every 20 minutes during the midday on weekdays using two vehicles, every 18 minutes on Saturdays using two vehicles and every 35 minutes on Sunday using a single vehicle. Buses operate out of Eglinton garage. In addition, during weekday afternoon rush periods, from September to June, an additional school run started from Steeles Avenue southbound at 3:38 p.m.

Ridership was never very strong on this route, given the low density neighbourhoods it served. As with other services operated by the TTC in the mid 1980s, the route encountered a steady decline of ridership into the 1990s, when the following took place:

July 21, 1991

Route discontinued, replaced with an extension of 11 BAYVIEW, operating from Davisville station to Steeles Avenue via Davisville, Bayview and Sunnybrook Hospital.

Ridership Levels

YEAR  DAILY RIDERSHIP  
1978    3450 (rank 85/117)
1979    3706
1980    3608 (rank 90/118)
1981    3608
1982    3421 (rank 103/123)
1983    3013
1984    3000
1985    2929 (rank 101/137)
1986    2834 (rank 106/138)
1987    2948 (rank 104/137)
1988    2948 (system average subsidy-21 cents; route 26-39 cents)
1989    2533 (system average subsidy-22 cents; route 26-44 cents)
1990    2533

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