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42 Cummer

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Compiled by Jeffrey Kay
Originally appeared in Transfer Points, Vol. XXVI, No. 10, December 2000 and
Alan Gryfe’s TTC Route History Page.

March 30th, 1974

Concurrent with the opening of the Yonge subway extension to Finch, a new route operates north and east from Finch station, serving the area in north North York between Steeles Avenue and Finch. Service operates rom Finch station via north on Yonge Street, east on Cummer Avenue and McNicoll Avenue to Pharmacy Avenue, looping clockwise via south on Pharmacy, west on Finch Avenue and north on Victoria Park Avenue. Service operates seven days a week, 18 hours a day.

Cummer Avenue is named after Jacob Cummer, one of the first settlers in Willowdale after immigrating to Canada from the United States in 1797.

CUMMER

42

PHARMACY
FINCH STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

November 22nd, 1980

Route extended beyond Pharmacy via east on McNicoll and south on Birchmount Avenue to an existing off-street loop located on the Hydro right-of-way. Additional rush hour buses continue to turn at Pharmacy.

CUMMER

42

PHARMACY
FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

CUMMER

42A

BIRCHMOUNT
FINCH STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

February 8th, 1982

Coincident with the extension of the 67 PHARMACY bus to Steeles Avenue, rush hour 42 CUMMER buses now loop counterclockwise via north on Victoria Park, west and south on Gordon Baker Road, and southeast on Harold Evans Drive. Service on Birchmount branch unchanged.

CUMMER

42

VICTORIA PARK
FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

CUMMER

42A

BIRCHMOUNT
FINCH STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

January 21st, 1991

During rush hours, service extended east on McNicoll beyond Birchmount to a new off-street loop northeast of the corner of McNicoll and Silver Springs Boulevard (one block west of Kennedy Road). Off-peak service continues to turn back at Birchmount. Additional rush hour service continues to turn back at Victoria Park.

CUMMER

42

VICTORIA PARK
FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

CUMMER

42A

BIRCHMOUNT
FINCH STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day
Except Monday to Friday rush hours

CUMMER

42B

KENNEDY
FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

July 21st, 1991

Off-peak service extended from Birchmount to Kennedy.

CUMMER

42

VICTORIA PARK
FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

CUMMER

42B

KENNEDY
FINCH STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

February 15th, 1998

Rush hour service extended east of Kennedy to Middlefield Road, looping counterclockwise via north on Maybrook Drive, west on Passmore Avenue and south on Middlefield.

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

42

C U M M E R

 

 

 

TO FINCH STN

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

42

C U M M E R

 

TO VICTORIA PARK

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

 

 

 

42A

C U M M E R

 

TO MIDDLEFIELD

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

 

 

 

42B

C U M M E R

 

TO KENNEDY

7 days a week, 18 hours a day
Except Monday to Friday rush hours

March 21st, 1999

42 CUMMER designated as an accessible route, and equipped with Compressed Natural Gas-powered, lift-equipped Orion V buses.

June 18, 2006

Service currently operates seven days a week on the 42B Kennedy branch, with additional service provided to Middlefield on 42A and Victoria Park on 42. Service operates at 30 minute intervals on Sundays, and combined service is as frequent as every six minutes during the morning rush hour.

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January 31, 2007

At its meeting on this day, TTC Commissioners receive a report recommending that buses serving the 42B “Kennedy” branch and the 17C BIRCHMOUNT “McNicoll” branch be extended from the old “Silver Springs” loop located on the north side of McNicoll 400 metres west of Kennedy to a new loop, called “McNicoll/Kennedy” loop located 375 metres east of Kennedy, on property the TTC acquired for the future McNicoll garage. This change could improve connections between these routes and 43 KENNEDY buses without an increase in operating costs. The change was made soon thereafter, and was on the November 2007 Ride Guide. No change in destination signs.

November 23, 2008

As part of a systemwide increase in service resulting from the Ridership Growth Strategy, service on the 42A “Middlefield” branch is increased from rush hours to whenever the subway is open. Additional rush hour, weekday midday and Saturday midday service provided to Kennedy on the 42B branch. Service on the Victoria Park branch (42) operates during rush hours only.

May 8, 2011

As part of a general reallocation of resources, service east of Kennedy Road (provided by the 42A “Middlefield” branch) eliminated after 10 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends and holidays. Service provided by the 42B “Kennedy” branch instead.

June 22, 2014

As part of a system-wide reorganization of route branch designation, eastbound buses operating to Victoria Park are redesignated 42C. All buses to Finch station maintain the 42 CUMMER designation.

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

42

C U M M E R

 

 

 

TO FINCH STN

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

42A

C U M M E R

 

TO MIDDLEFIELD

Monday to Friday, daytime and early evenings

 

 

 

42B

C U M M E R

 

TO KENNEDY

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

42C

C U M M E R

 

TO VICTORIA PARK

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

September 6, 2015

Service to Middlefield (42A branch) is restored on weekday late evenings, daytime and early evening Saturdays and daytime Sundays and holidays. Late evening Saturday and evening Sunday and holiday service remains cut back to Kennedy (42B branch).

January 3, 2016

Service on the Middlefield (42A) branch is rerouted to provide access to the expanded Tapscott Employment District. Buses operate over the regular route past Middlefield Road to Maybrook Avenue and then loop via north on Maybrook, east (instead of west) on Passmore, and south on Dynamic Drive (one block west of Markham Road) to McNicoll Avenue, returning westbound to Finch station.

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

42

C U M M E R

 

 

 

TO FINCH STN

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

42A

C U M M E R

 

TO MIDDLEFIELD
AND DYNAMIC DR

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

 

 

 

42B

C U M M E R

 

TO KENNEDY

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

42C

C U M M E R

 

TO VICTORIA PARK

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

June 18, 2017

The off-street loop on McNicoll Avenue east of Kennedy Road is placed out of service due to construction at the site of McNicoll Garage. As a result of this, all buses on the 42B “Finch Stn to Kennedy” branch are extended to Middlefield Road, effectively replacing the 42B branch with the 42A branch. One bus is added to keep the headways the same, except for during the early morning and on late evenings Sundays and holidays.


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