45 Kipling

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Compiled by Jeffrey Kay with additional information from Jelo Gutierrez Cantos
Map by John F. Calnan

Operations Overview

  • Type: Local / Express
  • Established: September 14, 1959
  • Distance: 29.34 km
  • Blue Night Service: 319 WILSON
  • Types of vehicles used: New Flyer D40LF, Orion VII
  • Bus Length: 40’ standard low-floor
  • Division: Queensway
  • Ridership: 18,682 (2014)

This route currently operates with 2 branches:

  • 45A Kipling Station - Steeles
  • 45B Kipling Station - Carlingview via Belfield
  • 45E Kipling Station - Steeles Express

History of Kipling Avenue

Mimico Avenue was surveyed in 1795 as a Meridian Street south of the east-west Meridian (now known as Rathburn Road) with lots to the east running east-west and lots to the west running north-south, a pattern later subdivisions preserved in modern side streets. Most of the road traverses residential neighbourhoods and pockets of industrial and commercial hubs. The street became a central street for the Lake Shore municipalities of New Toronto (in which it is situated) and Long Branch. Rumors that Mimico Avenue was named in honour of Rudyard Kipling, author of such works as The Jungle Book and the Just So Stories, in preparation for a planned visit to Woodbridge in 1907. Kipling cancelled at the last moment, but the street retained the name. Eighteenth Street was the alternate name that is located in the section of New Toronto named twice.

Relying on the developments years after World War II, Kipling Avenue needed bus service as the suburbs of New Toronto are quickly growing with homes and schools being built. And on September 14, 1959, it became a reality. New Toronto was merged into Etobicoke in 1967 and became part of the new amalgamated Toronto in 1998.

September 14, 1959

In recognition of the development of the suburbs of New Toronto and the borough of Etobicoke, a new rush hour service is inaugurated on Kipling Avenue (18th Avenue through New Toronto) between Lakeshore Boulevard and Rathburn Road. At the south end, buses loop in Kipling loop just north of Lakeshore Boulevard, while at the north end, buses loop via west on Random, north on Burrows and east on Rathburn.

KIPLING

45

RATHBURN
LAKESHORE

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

December 14, 1959

Midday service introduced.

September 6, 1960

Route extended north, replacing the Westway Shoppers’ Route, via Kipling, Princess Margaret, Islington, Westway, Benbow, Saskatoon, Westway and Lawrence to Weston, looping north and east on Little and south on Weston Road.

KIPLING

45A

W E S T O N
LAKESHORE

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

September 26, 1960

Loop at Weston revised to north on Weston Road, east on John and south on South Station.

September 4, 1962.

Service on Westway now operated by a portion of the new 98 WESTWAY route. Kipling service extended north on Islington to Dixon Road, looping east via Dixon, through the Loblaws parking lot, and west to Islington.

KIPLING

45

D I X O N
LAKESHORE

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

September 1, 1963

Service on Islington replaced by the new 37 ISLINGTON bus. Kipling service revised to provide through service on Kipling between Lakeshore Boulevard and Albion Road, replacing a portion of the 80 REXDALE bus, looping at the north end via north on Benstrow, west on Amaron, south on Taysham and west on Penlea. Service now operates seven days a week, eighteen hours a day.

In addition, a new rush hour branch is added to serve the Belfield industrial area and the northern section of Martin Grove (Martin Grove south of the Westway was served by a branch of 2 ANGLESEY), operating from Lakeshore Boulevard via Kipling, Belfield and Martin Grove, looping via west on Porterfield, north on Kearney and east on Mercury.

KIPLING

45

A L B I O N
LAKESHORE

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

K  I  P  L  I  N  G
via MARTIN GROVE

45A

WESTHUMBER
LAKESHORE

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

May 23, 1965

Service extended north on Kipling to Mt.Olive, looping west on Mt.Olive, through the driveway on the south side of North Albion Collegiate, and east on Mt.Olive to Kipling. The destination sign for this branch does not change.

February 13, 1966

Queensway Garage opens and buses on this route are assigned transferred from Parkdale.

September 5, 1967

Service on the Martin Grove branch extended north on Martin Grove to Albion, looping via east on Albion and southwest on Finch.

KIPLING

45

A L B I O N
LAKESHORE

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

K  I  P  L  I  N  G
via MARTIN GROVE

45A

A L B I O N
LAKESHORE

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

May 11, 1968

With the extension of the BLOOR DANFORTH SUBWAY to Islington, service rerouted to Islington station, with southbound buses operating via the south-to-east ramp of Six Points and Bloor Street to the station, and then leaving via west on Bloor, west on Dundas, north on Jopling and east on Bloor to Kipling. Service south of Bloor Street now provided by the new 44 KIPLING SOUTH route.

Midday service is added to the Martin Grove branch.

KIPLING

45

A L B I O N
ISLINGTON STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

K  I  P  L  I  N  G
via MARTIN GROVE

45A

A L B I O N
ISLINGTON STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

April 28, 1969

Service on Martin Grove replaced by an extension of the 46 MARTIN GROVE route. Service on Belfield is extended west on Belfield to loop via north on Attwell, east on Dixco Road an south on Brockport, returning south over the reverse routing.

KIPLING

45

A L B I O N
ISLINGTON STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

K  I  P  L  I  N  G
via BELFIELD

45A

HIGHWAY 27
ISLINGTON STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

May 13, 1969

The Belfield looping is reversed, with buses now operating north on Brockport, west on Disco, and south on Attwell, returning east on Belfield.

February 4, 1970

Service on Kipling is extended north of Albion to Beaconhill (Etobicoke council finally approving the looping arrangements the previous night), looping via west on Beaconhill, south on Maryhill and east on Annabelle.

KIPLING

45

BEACONHILL
ISLINGTON STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

K  I  P  L  I  N  G
via BELFIELD

45A

HIGHWAY 27
ISLINGTON STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

November 27, 1972

The Belfield loop is revised to operate via south on Attwell, east on McLachlan, and north on Brockport, then east on Belfield.

August 15, 1973

Due to construction of the Belfield Expressway (later known as Highway 409), the Belfield loop is revised to operate via south on Attwell, east on McLachlan, and north on Brockport, west on Marmac and north on Attwell.

November 26, 1973

Belfield service is extended on a new branch northwest Belfield running north on Attwell and west on Disco, looping north and east on Attwell, then south on Carlingview. Alternate ‘Belfield’ rush hour buses continue to loop south of Belfield.

KIPLING

45

BEACONHILL
ISLINGTON STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

K  I  P  L  I  N  G
via BELFIELD

45A

CARLINGVIEW
ISLINGTON STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

K  I  P  L  I  N  G
via BELFIELD

45B

McLACHLAN
ISLINGTON STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

May 21, 1978

Service on Kipling extended north of Beaconhill to a new off-street loop on the west side of Kipling just south of Steeles.

KIPLING

45

S T E E L E S
ISLINGTON STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

K  I  P  L  I  N  G
via BELFIELD

45A

CARLINGVIEW
ISLINGTON STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

K  I  P  L  I  N  G
via BELFIELD

45B

McLACHLAN
ISLINGTON STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

Date Unknown

Steeles loop relocated to the east side of Kipling, a short distance north of Steeles. No change in destination signs.

November 22, 1980

With the extension of the BLOOR-DANFORTH SUBWAY to Kipling, service is rerouted at the southern end, entering the new Kipling station via west on Bloor, south on Jupiter and south on Aukland, leaving via east on St.Albans and north on Kipling.

KIPLING

45

S T E E L E S
KIPLING STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

K  I  P  L  I  N  G
via BELFIELD

45A

CARLINGVIEW
KIPLING STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

K  I  P  L  I  N  G
via BELFIELD

45B

McLACHLAN
KIPLING STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

March 15, 1982

A new “Local / Express” service introduced between Steeles and Kipling Station. Buses on this rush hour branch operate local between Steeles and Dixon, then stop only at Westway, Widdicombe, Eglinton and Rathburn. At a later date, an Express stop is added both ways at Burnhamthorpe.

KIPLING

45

S T E E L E S
KIPLING STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

K  I  P  L  I  N  G
via BELFIELD

45A

CARLINGVIEW
KIPLING STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

K  I  P  L  I  N  G
via BELFIELD

45B

McLACHLAN
KIPLING STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

K  I  P  L  I  N  G

E X P R E S S

45C

S T E E L E S
KIPLING STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

March 9, 1984

Last day of service on the Belfield-McLachlan branch. Service to this area is replaced by the new C branch of the 112 WEST MALL route.

KIPLING

45

S T E E L E S
KIPLING STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

K  I  P  L  I  N  G
via BELFIELD

45A

CARLINGVIEW
KIPLING STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

K  I  P  L  I  N  G

E X P R E S S

45C

S T E E L E S
KIPLING STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

October 10, 1994 (or as early as April 1994)

As part of a system wide plan to use the letter ‘E’ to designate Express services, the 45C branch redesignated 45E.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

45

K I P L I N G

 

45

K I P L I N G

TO STEELES

TO KIPLING STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

45A

K I P L I N G

 

 

 

TO CARLINGVIEW
VIA BELFIELD

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

45E

K I P L I N G

 

45E

K I P L I N G

E X P R E S S
TO STEELES

E X P R E S S
TO KIPLING STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

February 18, 1996

Some 45 KIPLING runs operated out of Arrow Road Garage while Queensway continues to operate the route.

February 15, 1998

Southbound 45 and 45A buses now enter Kipling Station via south on Kipling and west on St.Albans. 46 MARTIN GROVE buses continue to run via Bloor and Aukland into the station.

September 7, 1999

The pattern of express stops is adjusted on the 45E rush hour service. Local service that did operate between Steeles and Dixon inclusive is now shortened to between Steeles and Rexdale inclusive. Express stops are discontinued at Widdicombe, Rathburn and Burnhamthorpe. Express buses continue to stop at Dixon, Westway and Eglinton in both directions.

December 6, 1999

The local portion of the 45E branch is extended south a couple stops and operates local between Steeles and Belfield inclusive.

February 13, 2005

Accessible service is introduced utilizing low floor Orion VII buses dispatched from Arrow Rd. Garage and low Floor Flyer D40LF buses dispatched from Queensway Garage on all runs, every day of the week.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

45

K I P L I N G

 

45

K I P L I N G

TO STEELES

TO KIPLING STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

45A

K I P L I N G

 

 

 

TO CARLINGVIEW
VIA BELFIELD

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

45E

K I P L I N G

 

45E

K I P L I N G

E X P R E S S
TO STEELES

E X P R E S S
TO KIPLING STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

November 23, 2008

With the opening of Mount Dennis Garage, all runs on the 45 KIPLING are consolidated to Queensway Garage for Arrow Road’s runs on the 37 ISLINGTON.

June 22, 2014

As part of a system-wide reorganization of route branch designations, northbound buses on the 45A “via Belfield” branch are redesignated 45B. This is an interim move ahead of redesigning the main branch 45A. All southbound local buses continue to show regular 45 KIPLING exposures.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

45

K I P L I N G

 

45

K I P L I N G

TO STEELES

TO KIPLING STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

45B

K I P L I N G

 

 

 

TO CARLINGVIEW
VIA BELFIELD

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

45E

K I P L I N G

 

45E

K I P L I N G

E X P R E S S
TO STEELES

E X P R E S S
TO KIPLING STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

January 4, 2015

Branch 45 is re-lettered to 45A northbound to Steeles. All buses heading southbound continue to display 45 KIPLING.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

 

 

 

45

K I P L I N G

 

TO KIPLING STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

45A

K I P L I N G

 

 

 

TO STEELES

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

45B

K I P L I N G

 

 

 

TO CARLINGVIEW
VIA BELFIELD

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

45E

K I P L I N G

 

45E

K I P L I N G

E X P R E S S
TO STEELES

E X P R E S S
TO KIPLING STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only


Summary

Period

Frequency

Buses Used

Notes

Weekday AM Peak

22’ 00” (45A)
22’ 00” (45B)
5’ 45” (45E)

4
3
14

Combined total of 3’ 47” frequency with 21 buses

Weekday Midday

10’ 00” (45A)
20’ 00” (45B)

8
3

Combined total of 6’ 40” frequency with 11 buses

Weekday PM Peak

16’ 00” (45A)
16’ 00” (45B)
8’ 30” (45E)

6
5
10

Combined total of 4’ 07” frequency with 21 buses

Weekday Early Evening

9’ 00” (45A)

9

Weekday Late Evening

10’ 00” (45A)

7

Saturday Early Morning

10’ 00” (45A)

7

Saturday Morning

9’ 30” (45A)

9

Saturday Afternoon

9’ 30” (45A)

9

Saturday Early Evening

10’ 00” (45A)

7

Saturday Late Evening

10’ 00” (45A)

7

Sunday Early Morning

0’ 00”

0

Route does not operate

Sunday Morning

10’ 00” (45A)

8

Sunday Afternoon

9’ 30” (45A)

9

Sunday Early Evening

10’ 00” (45A)

7

Sunday Late Evening

10’ 00” (45A)

7

Last Updated: September 3, 2015


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