43 Kennedy

Compiled by Pete Coulman
Additional information by Jelo Gutierrez Cantos

Operations Overview

  • Type: Local
  • Established: April 15, 1956
  • Distance: 23.43 km
  • Blue Night Service: 343 KENNEDY
  • Types of vehicles used: Orion VII
  • Bus Length: 40’ standard low-floor
  • Division: Eglinton
  • Ridership: 15,494 (2014)

This route currently operates with 2 branches:

  • 43A Kennedy Station - Steeles
  • 43B Kennedy Station - Scarborough Centre Station via Progress

April 15, 1956

Service begins on a new route replacing part of the PINE HILLS bus service. Buses run from Luttrell loop at the eastern end of the BLOOR STREETCAR via east on Danforth Avenue, northeast on Danforth Road and north on Kennedy Road to loop via west on Forbes, north and southeast on Ellendale Drive and east on Forbes to Kennedy, returning via the reverse route. Buses operate 7 days a week, 18 hours a day.

Certain early morning and late evening trips operate from Luttrell loop to St. Clair Avenue east, looping from Kennedy via east on St. Clair and southwest on Danforth Road to route.

Along with 15 BRIMLEY, 43 KENNEDY was the first route to receive a route number under the current scheme. This route operated out of Birchmount Garage.

KENNEDY

43

F O R B E S
L U T T R E L L

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

KENNEDY

43A

S T.   C L A I R
L U T T R E L L

Early morning and late evening end-of-service runs.

November 25, 1956

The looping at the north end of this route is revised so that buses operate further north on Kennedy to loop via west on Shropshire, south on Wye Valley and southeast on Ellendale and east on Forbes to Kennedy to route.

KENNEDY

43

E L L E N D A L E
L U T T R E L L

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

KENNEDY

43A

S T.   C L A I R
L U T T R E L L

Early morning and late evening end-of-service runs.

December 7, 1959

During the day on weekdays, service extended north from Shropshire to the old village of Agincourt. Buses follow the main route along Kennedy and continue to Sheppard and then run east on Sheppard to Midland, looping via north on Midland, east on Rural Road and south on Glenwatford to Sheppard, returning via Sheppard and Kennedy to Luttrell. This extension is entirely within Zone 3 while the rest of the route is within Zone 2. Therefore, north of Shropshire, on board passengers pay when leaving while those entering pay while boarding. The centre-exit doors remain closed. Operators are ordered to set the transfer cutter to “DOWN” when northbound at Sheppard and Midland.

KENNEDY

43

E L L E N D A L E
L U T T R E L L

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

KENNEDY

43A

S T.   C L A I R
L U T T R E L L

Early morning and late evening end-of-service runs.

KENNEDY

43B

A G I N C O U R T
L U T T R E L L

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

February 1, 1962

The suburban fare zones #2 and 3 are combined into a single fare zone, eliminating the special boarding protocols north of Shropshire.

September 4, 1962

Service extended north on Kennedy past Sheppard to loop at Finch clockwise around the triangle formed by the jogged intersection. Service on Sheppard is replaced by an extension of 23 DAWES.

KENNEDY

43

E L L E N D A L E
L U T T R E L L

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

KENNEDY

43A

S T.   C L A I R
L U T T R E L L

Early morning and late evening end-of-service runs.

KENNEDY

43B

F   I   N   C   H
L U T T R E L L

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

April 19, 1964

Service in the south is split so that alternate “Ellendale” buses are diverted off of Danforth Road via north on Warden and east on St. Clair Avenue to Kennedy. The remaining buses remain on the regular route. This diversion serves a new housing development on Warden north of Danforth Avenue. No change to the destination signs. Window cards reading “VIA WARDEN” and “VIA DANFORTH” are used.

January 24, 1965

Most “Ellendale” service is rerouted via Warden and St. Clair. During rush hours, alternate buses continue to run via Danforth Road, and this service is redesignated 43C.

KENNEDY

43

E L L E N D A L E
L U T T R E L L

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

KENNEDY

43A

S T.   C L A I R
L U T T R E L L

Early morning and late evening end-of-service runs.

KENNEDY

43B

F   I   N   C   H
L U T T R E L L

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

K  E  N  N  E  D  Y
via   D A N F O R T H

43C

E L L E N D A L E
L U T T R E L L

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

May 11, 1968

Coincident with the extension of the BLOOR-DANFORTH SUBWAY to Warden station, all service at the south end is rerouted to operate via Kennedy and St. Clair Avenue to Warden station. Service on Kennedy south of St. Clair is replaced by an extension of the 9 BELLAMY. Most service runs to Finch, but short turn service is provided to Ellesmere, looping via west on Brigstock, north on Wye Valley and east on Ellesmere to Kennedy.

KENNEDY

43

F   I   N   C   H
W A R D E N   S T N

Monday to Saturday, daytime and early evening

KENNEDY

43A

E L L E S M E R E
W A R D E N   S T N

Monday to Friday daytime,
Saturday evenings
All day Sundays and holidays

August 18, 1969

Kennedy Road is closed at Highway 401 for overpass construction and reconfiguration. As a result, the 43 KENNEDY route is split into two parts. All buses from Warden Station now terminate at an off-street loop on the east side of Kennedy Road just north of Antrim Crescent. A shuttle service runs from Birchmount and Sheppard, connecting with 17 BIRCHMOUNT (looping via south on Birchmount, west on Cass Avenue, north on Amethyst and east on Sheppard) via Sheppard and north on Kennedy to the existing looping at Finch.

Septebmer 2, 1969

At this point, the north end shuttle is discontinued and service resumes between Warden station and Finch. However, buses still detour around the 401 construction via east on Progress, north on Midland and west on Sheppard to Kennedy. Detour routing is reversed on southbound trips. This continued for another few weeks before normal service resumed.

January 2, 1972

Weekday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday service is extended to Finch, although short turn service continues to Ellesmere, Mondays to Fridays during the day.

September 5, 1972

A new rush hour branch is established serving Progress Avenue. Buses operate from Warden station via St. Clair and Kennedy to Progress and then operate via east on Progress to loop clockwise via Estate Drive (just west of Markham Road.

KENNEDY

43

F   I   N   C   H
W A R D E N   S T N

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

KENNEDY

43A

E L L E S M E R E
W A R D E N   S T N

Monday to Friday rush hours and midday

K  E  N  N  E  D  Y
via   P R O G R E S S

43B

M A R K H A M   R D.
W A R D E N   S T N

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

June 24, 1973

Buses on the 43B “Via Progress” branch are routed through the newly opened Scarborough Town Centre, both ways between Brimley Road and McCowan Road. Hours of service are increased to operate Mondays through Saturdays, 18 hours a day.

Septempter 4, 1973

Service extended north of Finch Avenue on a new branch to Steeles, looping via east on Passmore, north on Midland and west on Steeles to Kennedy, Mondays to Fridays during the day. The short turn service at Ellesmere is discontinued.

KENNEDY

43

F   I   N   C   H
W A R D E N   S T N

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

KENNEDY

43A

S T E E L E S
W A R D E N   S T N

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

K  E  N  N  E  D  Y
via   P R O G R E S S

43B

M A R K H A M   R D.
W A R D E N   S T N

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

January 2, 1974

Service along Progress is extended as a new branch via north on Markham Road and east on Sheppard to loop via Washburn Way, Tapscott and Neilson, Mondays through Saturdays, 18 hours a day. The 43B “Estate Drive” loop remains as a rush hour short turn service.

KENNEDY

43

F   I   N   C   H
W A R D E N   S T N

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

KENNEDY

43A

S T E E L E S
W A R D E N   S T N

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

K  E  N  N  E  D  Y
via   P R O G R E S S

43B

M A R K H A M   R D.
W A R D E N   S T N

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

K  E  N  N  E  D  Y
via   P R O G R E S S

43C

N E I L S O N
W A R D E N   S T N

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

March 9, 1974

Saturday service is added to the Steeles Avenue branch, running to 6:00 p.m.

January 7, 1979

With the realignment of Kennedy Avenue eliminating the old “triangle”, the looping at Finch Avenue is revised. Buses now turn via east on Finch, north on Milliken Gate and west on Trojan Gate to Kennedy.

November 22, 1980

Coincident with the extension of the BLOOR-DANFORTH SUBWAY to Kennedy station, all buses now operate out of the Kennedy station bus terminal via west on Eglinton and north on Kennedy. Service south of Eglinton is replaced by the new 113 DANFORTH and existing routes operating along St. Clair Avenue.

At the north end, the 43C branch is extended to operate via east on Sheppard and north on Washburn Way and Tapscott to loop via Finch, Neilson and Crow Trail. Alternate rush hour trips continue to turn back at Estate Drive, just west of Markham Road.

KENNEDY

43

F   I   N   C   H
K E N N E D Y   S T N

>Monday to Friday, rush hours and evenings
Saturday evenings
All day, Sundays and holidays

KENNEDY

43A

S T E E L E S
K E N N E D Y   S T N

Monday to Saturday, daytime hours

K  E  N  N  E  D  Y
via   P R O G R E S S

43B

M A R K H A M   R D.
K E N N E D Y   S T N

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

K  E  N  N  E  D  Y
via   P R O G R E S S

43C

F   I   N   C   H
K E N N E D Y   S T N

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

May 25, 1981

The 43B “Markham Road” rush hour short turn service now operates during the afternoon rush hour only.

March 12, 1984

The 43C “Finch via Progress” branch is expanded, with buses now looping via Tapscott, Newgate, Finchdene Square, Finch, Baldoon and Crow Trail, replacing a branch of 102 MARKHAM ROAD in this area.

October 15, 1984

Morning rush hour service is restored to the 43B “Markham Road” branch

March 23, 1985

Coincident with the opening of the SCARBOROUGH RT, service on Progress Avenue east of the Scarborough Town Centre is replaced by the 134 TAPSCOTT route operating out of Scarborough Centre station. The 43C branch is eliminated, and the 43B branch is cut back to Scarborough Centre station, now operating Mondays through Saturdays, 18 hours a day. Buses enter Scarborough Centre station via the regular route to Progress and Brimley and then via south on Brimley and eat on Triton Road.

KENNEDY

43

F   I   N   C   H
K E N N E D Y   S T N

>Monday to Friday, rush hours and evenings
Saturday evenings
All day, Sundays and holidays

KENNEDY

43A

S T E E L E S
K E N N E D Y   S T N

Monday to Saturday, daytime hours

K  E  N  N  E  D  Y
via   P R O G R E S S

43B

SCARBOROUGH CENTRE

K E N N E D Y   S T N

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

September 8, 1987

Under a new agreement with the Town of Markham, service is extended on Kennedy north of Steeles on a new branch that operates via Kennedy, Unionville Gate, Main Street and Bridle Trail, looping via the Unionville Bypass, 16th Avenue and Longwater. All rush hour service is extended north of Steeles on this branch, cutting service on the Passmore Avenue loop.

KENNEDY

43

F   I   N   C   H
K E N N E D Y   S T N

>Monday to Friday, rush hours and evenings
Saturday evenings
All day, Sundays and holidays

KENNEDY

43A

S T E E L E S
K E N N E D Y   S T N

Monday to Friday, midday
Saturday daytime

K  E  N  N  E  D  Y
via   P R O G R E S S

43B

SCARBOROUGH CENTRE

K E N N E D Y   S T N

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

KENNEDY

43D

1 6 T H   A V E N U E
K E N N E D Y   S T N

Monday to Saturday, daytime hours

43-kennedy-1990-transfer.jpg

43 KENNEDY transfer, circa 1990. For some reason, the route description inside is for 12 KINGSTON ROAD, an intriguing typo.

March 13, 1988

Monday through Saturday evening service is added to the 43A Steeles branch.

October 17, 1988

The 43C “Unionville” looping is revised. Buses operate over the existing route to Main Street and Highway 7 and then via Highway 7, the Unionville Bypass and 16th Avenue to an off-street loop at McCowan Road and 16th Avenue.

July 24, 1989

At the request of the Town of Markham, service levels north of Steeles Avenue is reduced and rush hour service returns to the 43A Steeles branch. Sunday buses are extended north of Finch Avenue to Steeles until 6:00 p.m.

KENNEDY

43

F   I   N   C   H
K E N N E D Y   S T N

>Monday to Friday, rush hours

Sunday and holiday evenings

KENNEDY

43A

S T E E L E S
K E N N E D Y   S T N

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

K  E  N  N  E  D  Y
via   P R O G R E S S

43B

SCARBOROUGH CENTRE

K E N N E D Y   S T N

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

KENNEDY

43D

1 6 T H   A V E N U E
K E N N E D Y   S T N

Monday to Saturday, daytime hours

June 15, 1992

At the request of the Town of Markham, weekday midday service is discontinued on the 43C Unionville branch.

On or Before March 1993

Service through the Passmore loop is reversed to provide more direct service on Kennedy to Steeles Avenue. Northbound buses continue past Passmore Avenue to Steeles and then loop via east on Steeles, south on Midland and west on Passmore. Around that period, it also provides connection to the newly built Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School that opened in 1992.

September 11, 1993

At the request of the Town of Markham, Saturday service is discontinued on the 43C Unionville branch. Buses on this branch operate rush hours only.

February 13, 1994

The Finch short turn service is discontinued, with all regular service operated to Steeles. The Steeles branch is redesignated 43 from 43A.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

43

K E N N E D Y

 

43

K E N N E D Y

TO STEELES

TO KENNEDY STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

43B

K E N N E D Y

 

43B

K E N N E D Y

TO SCARBOROUGH CTR
VIA PROGRESS

TO KENNEDY STN
VIA PROGRESS

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

43C

K E N N E D Y

 

 

 

TO 16TH AVENUE
EXTRA FARE REQUIRED
NORTH OF STEELES

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

43-kennedy-transfer-20131022.jpg

Transfer for the 43 KENNEDY route on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013. Image donated by Anthony Chung

February 19, 1996

As part of a series of system-wide service cuts resulting from the elimination of provincial subsidies for public transportation, all service on Progress Avenue to Scarborough Centre station after 7 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, is eliminated. All service after 1:00 a.m. is eliminated. Rush hour service is reduced. Monday to Friday evening service is reduced to every 20 minutes.

January 2, 1998

The last day of service on the 43C branch north of Steeles. The service is discontinued at the request of Markham Transit becoming 8 KENNEDY.

March 31, 2002

With the closure of Old Eglinton Garage on Yonge St., the route has been switched from Birchmount Garage to the New Eglinton Garage on Comstock road, ending the 46 year service at Birchmount.

March 29, 2004

Service on the 43B branch to Scarborough Centre station is rerouted slightly so that all buses leave Scarborough Centre via Triton Road and Borough Drive instead of via Triton Road and Brimley Road.

June 19 and 20, 2005

Service is rendered accessible using newer Orion VII low-floor buses.

As part of the TTC’s Ridership Growth Strategy, service is increased, Monday to Friday middays and during the day on Saturdays. During weekday middays, both branches operate every 15 minutes, providing a combined service south of Progress Avenue of 7 minutes, 30 seconds. During Saturdays, service on both branches is operated at 12 minute intervals, providing a combined service of every 6 minutes south of Progress Avenue.

November 23, 2008

As part of the TTC’s Ridership Growth Strategy, service on the 43B “Progress” branch is now operated 7 days a week, whenever the subway or Scarborough RT is open. Evening service on weekdays, late evening service on Saturdays and all Sunday service is interlined with 134 PROGRESS

Due to the opening of Mount Dennis Garage, operations were reassigned from Eglinton (Comstock) garage to Birchmount garage.

January 3, 2010

Operations switched once again from Birchmount Garage to Eglinton (Comstock) Garage.

May 8, 2011

As part of a system-wide series of system cuts, late evening service and all Sunday and holiday service is eliminated from the 43B “Progress” branch.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

43

K E N N E D Y

 

43

K E N N E D Y

TO STEELES

TO KENNEDY STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

43B

K E N N E D Y

 

 

 

TO SCARBOROUGH CTR
VIA PROGRESS

 

Monday to Saturday, daytime and early evenings

June 22, 2014

Due to system-wide reorganization of route branch designations, northbound buses to Steeles (43) have been redesignated back to 43A.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

 

 

 

43

KENNEDY

 

TO KENNEDY STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

43A

K E N N E D Y

 

 

 

TO STEELES

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

43B

K E N N E D Y

 

 

 

TO SCARBOROUGH CTR
VIA PROGRESS

 

Monday to Saturday, daytime and early evenings

September 6, 2015

New service is provided on the 43B (Kennedy Station-Scarborough Centre via Progress) branch in the daytime and early evenings, Sunday and holidays, with buses running every 15-20 minutes.


Service Summary as of September 6, 2014

Period

Frequency

Buses Used

Notes

Weekday AM Peak

10’ 00” (43A)
10’ 00” (43B)

8
5

Combined total of 5’ 00” frequency with 13 buses

Weekday Midday

11’ 00” (43A)
11’ 00” (43B)

7
5

Combined total of 5’ 30” frequency with 12 buses

Weekday PM Peak

9’ 00” (43A)
18’ 00” (43B)

10
3

Combined total of 6’ 00” frequency with 13 buses

Weekday Early Evening

15’ 00” (43A)
15’ 00” (43B)

5
3

Combined total of 7’ 30” frequency with 8 buses

Weekday Late Evening

12’ 00” (43A)

5

Saturday Early Morning

15’ 00” (43A)
15’ 00” (43B)

4
3

Combined total of 7’ 30” frequency with 7 buses

Saturday Morning

14’ 00” (43A)
14’ 00” (43B)

6
3

Combined total of 7’ 30” frequency with 9 buses

Saturday Afternoon

14’ 00” (43A)
14’ 00” (43B)

6
3

Combined total of 7’ 30” frequency with 9 buses

Saturday Early Evening

20’ 00” (43A)
20’ 00” (43B)

3
2

Combined total of 10’ 00” frequency with 5 buses

Saturday Late Evening

20’ 00” (43A)

3

Sunday Early Morning

0’ 00”

0

Route does not operate

Sunday Morning

8’ 45” (43A)

8

Sunday Afternoon

8’ 45” (43A)

8

Sunday Early Evening

15’ 00” (43A)

4

Sunday Late Evening

15’ 00” (43A)

4


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