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59 Maple Leaf

Compiled by Jeffrey Kay
Map by John Calnan

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January 6, 1975

The MAPLE LEAF service is one of two new experimental services using Rek Vee mini-buses in a residential area of North York (the other being GLENORCHY through the Bridal Path neighbourhood, a precursor to today's 162 LAWRENCE-DONWAY. MAPLE LEAF buses operate from an on-street loop in Weston (via south on Rosemount, west on John, north on Weston Road and east on King) via north on Rosemount, east on Church, east on Maple Leaf and south on Culford, looping south of Lawrence via east on Flamborough, south on Keele and west on Gulliver. No route number was officially assigned to this new service. The new route operated from Eglinton Garage.

M A P L E   L E A F

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday.

January 30, 1978

Coincident with the opening of the SPADINA SUBWAY, full size buses are used over an extended route. From Lawrence West station buses run via west on Lawrence, north on Culford, west on Maple Leaf, west on Church and south on Weston Road, looping east on John, south on South Station and west on Lawrence. Service south of Lawrence is now provided by a new branch of the 52 LAWRENCE route. The number 59 is officially assigned to this route at this time. It is likely that this is also the date for the transfer of the route from Eglinton Garage to Wilson Garage. The route is confirmed to be at Wilson Garage by June 1978.

MAPLE LEAF

59

W E S T O N   R D.
LAWRENCE WEST STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday.

February 8, 1982

Evening service is introduced Monday through Friday.

June 27, 1983

A new rush hour branch is introduced to serve the Gray Drive area. Buses run from Lawrence West station buses run via west on Lawrence, north on Culford, west on Maple Leaf, and west on Church to just west of Jane, then via north on Pine, west on Woodward, north on Dalbeattie, west on Gary and west on Oak to Weston Road. Buses loop on the west side of Weston Road via Cardell and Fairglen. Operation of the route is transferred from Wilson Garage to Davenport Garage.

MAPLE LEAF

59

W E S T O N   R D.
LAWRENCE WEST STN

Monday to Friday, 18 hours a day

M A P L E   L E A F
via   G A R Y   D R.

59A

W E S T O N   R D.
LAWRENCE WEST STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

November 25, 1984 or earlier

59A buses now run via Uphill and Pelmo between Church and Gary Drive.

January 11, 1986

Saturday daytime service is introduced on the main branch.

April 20, 1987

59A buses now loop east of Weston Road via east on Pellatt and south on Sainsbury. At a later date these streets were combined and renamed Knob Hill Drive.

November 20, 1988

Operation of the route is transferred from Davenport Garage to the new Arrow Road Garage.

January 13, 1990

Saturday evening service is introduced on the main branch.

October 13, 1991

Saturday evening service (after 8PM) discontinued.

November 25, 1991

Gary Drive rush hour service extended north to provide a new service into the Tandridge Cres area. Buses run from Lawrence West station over the regular 59A to Weston & Oak, then run north on Weston, northwest on Albion, and east on Arcot, looping clockwise via Tandridge Cres. Buses return via Arcot, Albion, Weston, Oak and Gary, etc to Lawrence West Stn.

MAPLE LEAF

59

W E S T O N   R D.
LAWRENCE WEST STN

Monday to Friday, 18 hours a day
Saturdays, except late evenings

M A P L E   L E A F

via GARY DR. & ALBION

59B

TANBRIDGE CRES
LAWRENCE WEST STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

January 3, 1993

The destination Sign on the main branch now includes "Via Church" to distinguish it from the "A" branch. Also on this date, the route is transferred from Arrow Road Garage to Wilson Garage.

59

MAPLE LEAF

 

59

MAPLE LEAF

TO WESTON RD.
VIA CHURCH

TO LAWRENCE WEST STN

Monday to Friday, 18 hours a day
Saturdays, except late evenings

59B

MAPLE LEAF

 

59B

MAPLE LEAF

TO TANBRIDGE CRES
VIA GARY DR.

TO LAWRENCE WEST STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

February 13, 1994

Service to Tandridge Crescent is replaced by a new branch of the 96-WILSON route. Rush hour service on Gary Drive once again terminates at Weston Road, looping west on Oak, north on Weston, and east and south on Knob Hill Drive.

59

MAPLE LEAF

 

59

MAPLE LEAF

TO WESTON RD.
VIA CHURCH

TO LAWRENCE WEST STN

Monday to Friday, 18 hours a day
Saturdays, except late evenings

59A

MAPLE LEAF

 

59A

MAPLE LEAF

TO WESTON RD
VIA GARY DR.

TO LAWRENCE WEST STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

February 18, 1996

As part of a system-wide reduction of services resulting from the elimination of provincial subsidies to public transportation midday and evening service (after 7 pm) Monday through Friday, and all Saturday service is eliminated from this route. Buses on both branches operate rush hours only.

October 6, 1996

Monday through Friday midday service is restored as an extension of the old 52C LAWRENCE WEST "Culford" branch. The new 59C route operates from Lawrence Station via west on Lawrence, through Lawrence West station, west on Lawrence, south on Benton, west on Colville, south on Sheffield, west on Ingram, west on Gulliver, north on Culford, west on Maple Leaf, west on Church and south on Weston Road. There is no route 59 service on Lawrence between Culford and Benton at these times.

59

MAPLE LEAF

 

59

MAPLE LEAF

TO WESTON RD.
VIA CHURCH

TO LAWRENCE WEST STN

Monday to Friday, all day except midday
Saturdays, except late evenings

59A

MAPLE LEAF

 

59A

MAPLE LEAF

TO WESTON RD
VIA GARY DR.

TO LAWRENCE WEST STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

59C

MAPLE LEAF

 

59C

MAPLE LEAF

TO WESTON RD
VIA BENTON AND CHURCH

TO LAWRENCE STN
VIA CHURCH AND BENTON

Monday to Friday, midday only

September 3, 2000

The base for this route is moved from Wilson Garage to Arrow Road Garage.

January 08, 2001

The route is be changed, at all times, so that buses operate over a large on-street loop at the west-end of the route. Buses alternate over two routings, so that buses that operate west via Church Street will return from Weston Road east via Gary Drive, and buses that run west via Gary Drive will return from Weston Road via Church Street. This provides a new midday service on Gary Drive. Service is removed from Weston Road between Church and Lawrence and from Knob Hill Drive.

During rush hour westbound buses are marked "59A to Weston Road via Gary" or "59B to Weston Road via Church". All eastbound buses are marked "59 to Lawrence West station". During the midday hours westbound buses will be marked "59A to Weston Road via Benton/Culford and Gary Drive" or "59B to Weston Road via Benton/Culford and Church". All eastbound buses will be marked "59C to Lawrence Station via Culford/Benton, plus "via Gary Dr." or "via Church".

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

 

 

 

59

MAPLE LEAF

 

TO LAWRENCE WEST STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

59A

MAPLE LEAF

 

 

 

TO WESTON RD.
VIA GARY DR.

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

59B

MAPLE LEAF

 

 

 

TO WESTON RD.
VIA CHURCH

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

59A

MAPLE LEAF

 

59C

MAPLE LEAF

TO WESTON RD.
VIA GARY DR.
AND BENTON/CULFORD

TO LAWRENCE STN
VIA CHURCH
AND CULFORD/BENTON

Monday to Friday, midday

59B

MAPLE LEAF

 

59C

MAPLE LEAF

TO WESTON RD.
VIA CHURCH
AND BENTON/CULFORD

TO LAWRENCE STN
VIA CHURCH
AND CULFORD/BENTON

Monday to Friday, midday

September 7, 2004

Midday service that operates via Culford, Gulliver, Ingram, Sheffield, Colville and Benton will only run east to Lawrence West station rather than Lawrence Station.

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

 

 

 

59

MAPLE LEAF

 

TO LAWRENCE WEST STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

59A

MAPLE LEAF

 

 

 

TO WESTON RD.
VIA GARY DR.

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

59B

MAPLE LEAF

 

 

 

TO WESTON RD.
VIA CHURCH

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

59A

MAPLE LEAF

 

59C

MAPLE LEAF

TO WESTON RD.
VIA GARY DR.
AND BENTON/CULFORD

TO LAWRENCE WEST STN
VIA CHURCH
AND CULFORD/BENTON

Monday to Friday, midday

59B

MAPLE LEAF

 

59C

MAPLE LEAF

TO WESTON RD.
VIA CHURCH
AND BENTON/CULFORD

TO LAWRENCE WEST STN
VIA CHURCH
AND CULFORD/BENTON

Monday to Friday, midday

September 4, 2005

The route is transferred from Arrow Road Garage to Wilson Garage.

November 23, 2008

As part of the system-wide increase in service resulting from the Ridership Growth Strategy, service on this route is extended so that buses operate seven days a week until 1 a.m. This means that new service is added during the evening Monday through Friday and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. During the extended periods of operation all trips operate on the 59C routing via Benton and Culford both ways. Also on this date operation of this route is switched from Wilson Garage to the newly opened Mount Dennis Garage.

May 8, 2011

Service is removed in the late evening on Sunday (after 10 PM) due to low ridership.

August 2, 2011

This route is be designated as an Accessible service, operating with low floor buses. These modern buses are also bike rack equipped.

September 2, 2012

Operation of this route is switched from Mount Dennis to Arrow Road Garage.

November 18, 2013

West of Jane, service loops in one direction only, via Gary Drive and returning via Church, due to construction delays caused by Metrolinx construction. This diversion is expected to last until the summer of 2014.

March 30, 2014

As part of a reorganization of services on 52 LAWRENCE WEST, all service on Culford is provided by 59 MAPLE LEAF. The 59C branch designation is discontinued with this change.

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

59A

MAPLE LEAF

 

59

MAPLE LEAF

TO WESTON RD.
VIA GARY DR.
AND BENTON/CULFORD

TO LAWRENCE WEST STN
VIA CHURCH
AND CULFORD/BENTON

7 days a week, 18 hours a day
Except Sunday and holiday late evenings
(NOTE: only 59A operates due to a construction diversion)

59B

MAPLE LEAF

 

59

MAPLE LEAF

TO WESTON RD.
VIA CHURCH
AND BENTON/CULFORD

TO LAWRENCE WEST STN
VIA GARY DR.
AND CULFORD/BENTON

7 days a week, 18 hours a day
Except Sunday and holiday late evenings
(NOTE: only 59A operates due to a construction diversion)

September 6, 2015

Late evening Sunday and holiday service is restored. Buses now operate at intervals of 30 minutes or better whenever the subway is open.


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