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59 North Yonge (1948-1977)

Compiled by Pete Coulman

Public Transit on Yonge Street

October 10, 1948

Effective 4:30 a.m., service begins on a new diesel bus route replacing the NORTH YONGE electric interurban service. Buses operate from Glen Echo loop at the north end of the YONGE streetcar and follow Yonge Boulevard across the high level bridge over the west branch of the Don River to Yonge Street (this high level bridge is currently in use as a portion of the 401, after having been rebuilt for the highway) and continuing north on Yonge to Richmond Hill (just north of Hunt Avenue), returning via the reverse route.

Service on Yonge Street through Hogg's Hollow is provided by the new YORK MILLS bus.

October 20, 1948

A short turn service is added, with buses looping via east on Benson Avenue, north on Church Street and west on Langstaff Road (Highway 7). This short turn service runs north on Yonge Street through Hogg's Hollow.

January 10, 1949

Additional service provided from Glen Echo to Stop 6 in the old village of Lansing (approximately Sheppard Avenue). The route now has multiple short turn services, including the following:

  • LANSING (Sheppard) - Buses loop via west on Elmhurst Avenue, south on Kennington and east on Harlandale Avenue.
  • WILLOWDALE - Buses loop via east on Kingsdale Avenue, north on Doris Avenue and west on Parkview Avenue.
  • FINCH'S - Buses loop via east on Olive Avenue, north on Kenneth Avenue and west on Finch Avenue to Yonge.
  • LANGSTAFF - buses loop via east on Benson Avenue, north on Church Street and west on Langstaff Road (Highway 7).

WILLOWDALE

FINCH'S

STEELE'S

RICHMOND HILL

LANGSTAFF

TORONTO

LANSING

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

Note the use of apostrophes in "Finch" and "Steele". Intriguingly, these names would change over time, so that Finch would lose its apostrophe-s altogether, while Steele would have the "s" incorporated directly into its name.

January 13, 1949

Rush hour LANSING buses extended north to Stop 8 (Willowdale) and routed through Hogg's Hollow.

January 26, 1949

Most service now routed through Hogg's Hollow, replacing the YORK MILLS bus. LANSING short-turn service officially discontinued on this date, with additional service routed to Stop 8 in Willowdale.

November 19, 1952

Service on a new branch begins, linking to the Armour Heights area. Buses operate from Glen Echo loop via northwest on Yonge Boulevard, west on Wilson Avenue and north on Avenue Road, looping counterclockwise via east on Bombay Avenue, north on Tregellis Road, west on Sandringham Drive and south on Bideford Avenue back to Avenue Road. One bus provides service on a 20 minute headway, Mondays through Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to midnight (leaving Glen Echo) and 7:10 a.m. to 12:10 a.m. (leaving Sandringham). This is the beginning of the ARMOUR HEIGHTS route.

September 17, 1952

The Steeles short-turn service now operates through a newly opened off-street loop on the south side of Steeles, just east of Yonge. Service on the loop of Nipigon and Dudley discontinued.

January 1st, 1954

Effective on this date, the responsibility for furnishing transportation service on the section of NORTH YONGE from Steeles Avenue south, now rests fully with Toronto Transit Commission and not the former Township of North York.

January 15, 1954

ARMOUR HEIGHTS is officially classified as a separate route rather than a branch of NORTH YONGE service. A service reduction and a rerouting eventually follow.

March 7, 1954

Coincident with the cutback of the YONGE streetcar from Glen Echo loop to Eglinton carhouse, and the launch of the YONGE BUS (diesel to start, electric trolley buses soon to follow), all in conjunction with the imminent opening of the YONGE SUBWAY, service is extended south of Glen Echo loop via Yonge Street to loop through Eglinton carhouse to connect with YONGE streetcars. Buses operate express on Yonge south of Glen Echo loop. Some buses continue to operate from Glen Echo north on certain times of the day, with passengers using YONGE buses to connect with the rest of the TTC system.

March 22, 1954

Southbound buses no longer enter Glen Echo loop and instead discharge passengers on Yonge Street at Melrose.

March 30, 1954

The YONGE SUBWAY opens. Effective 1:30 p.m., NORTH YONGE buses now pick up passengers from the Eglinton station bus terminal. Southbound buses operate from Glen Echo Loop, south on Yonge, west on Castlefield, south on Duplex, east on Eglinton, entering Eglinton Terminal into platform 9 or 10, depending on their schedule. Northbound buses leave their platform, proceed south and east on the station roadway to Yonge, and then head north on Yonge over regular route. Service continues to operate express between Eglinton and Glen Echo loop.

April 24, 1954

Buses rerouted southbound via Yonge Street from Castlefield to Eglinton.

July 1st, 1954

As part of a general restructuring of services and fare structures, with the TTC now in charge of all transit service within the boundaries of Metropolitan Toronto, service on NORTH YONGE is revised. Base service operates from the Eglinton subway terminal to Richmond Hill, looping in an off-street loop just north of Hunt Avenue). Additional short turn service is provided north from Glen Echo loop (designated CITY LIMITS), north to Parkview (looping via east on Empress, north on Doris and west on Parkview, designated PARKVIEW), north to Olive (looping via east on Olive, north on Doris, west on Finch, designated FINCH'S) and north to Steeles loop (designated STEELE'S)

At this time, one-line destination signs are still used, although a few signs were produced as follows:

NORTH YONGE

RICHMOND HILL
S U B W A Y

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

NORTH YONGE

PARKVIEW
S U B W A Y

Occasional short turns

NORTH YONGE

F I N C H
S U B W A Y

Occasional short turns

NORTH YONGE

STEELES
S U B W A Y

Occasional short turns

NORTH YONGE

RICHMOND HILL
CITY LIMITS

Occasional short turns

February 2, 1955

Loading platform assignments are changed. "Finch" buses load from platform 3 during the morning and afternoon rush hours. "Steeles" buses load from platform 4 during the morning and afternoon rush hours. "Richmond Hill" buses load from platform 5 during the morning and afternoon rush hours. At all other times, all NORTH YONGE buses load from platform 6. NORTH YONGE vehicles will operate EXPRESS from Eglinton Station to Stop 12 during rush hours.

July 11, 1955

Revised vehicle movements at Glen Echo Terminal. Northbound NORTH YONGE vehicles will proceed into the Terminal via the roadway immediately north of the concession and load or unload passengers at the assigned berth. The vehicles will then exit the Terminal via the existing Gray Coach Loop to Yonge Street. Southbound routing not changed.

September 7, 1956

Assigned route number 59 (along with all Eglinton garage routes).

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59

RICHMOND HILL
S U B W A Y

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59A

PARKVIEW
S U B W A Y

Occasional short turns

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59B

FINCH-SUBWAY
VIA
Y O N G E

Occasional short turns

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59C

FINCH-SUBWAY
VIA
WILLOWDALE

Not yet in use

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59D

FINCH-SUBWAY
VIA
S E N L A C

Not yet in use

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59E

STEELES
S U B W A Y

Occasional short turns

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59F

RICHMOND HILL
CITY LIMITS

Occasional short turns

June 24, 1957

Service begins on new rush hour branches serving the residential areas of Willowdale. 59C "North Yonge-Willowdale" buses operate from Eglinton subway terminal (Bay 5) via north on Duplex, east on Fairlawn, north on Yonge, east on Sheppard and north on Willowdale to loop at Finch via east on Olive, north on Longmore, west on Finch and south on Willowdale to route. 59D "North Yonge-Senlac" buses operate frof Eglinton subway terminal (Bay 5) via north on Duplex, east on Fairlawn, north on Yonge, west on Sheppard, north on Senlac and west on Finch to loop at Bathurst via north on Ancona, west on Brenthall, south on Bathurst and east on Finch to route. Both services operate express between Eglinton station and Glen Echo loop.

September 9, 1957

The Senlac (59D) and Willowdale (59C) branches are decoupled from the main 59 NORTH YONGE route midday weekdays and on Saturdays and are interlined into a single U-shaped branch (59G). Buses operate from Bathurst and Finch in the west via east on Finch, south on Senlac, east on Sheppard and north on Willowdale to Finch.

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59

RICHMOND HILL
S U B W A Y

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59A

PARKVIEW
S U B W A Y

Occasional short turns

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59B

FINCH-SUBWAY
VIA
Y O N G E

Occasional short turns

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59C

FINCH-SUBWAY
VIA
WILLOWDALE

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59D

FINCH-SUBWAY
VIA
S E N L A C

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59E

STEELES
S U B W A Y

Occasional short turns

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59F

RICHMOND HILL
CITY LIMITS

Occasional short turns

NORTH YONGE
VIA SHEPPARD

59G

BATHURST
LONGMORE

Monday to Friday middays, Saturday daytime

March 21, 1958

Northbound rush hour 59C and 59D buses departing Eglinton terminal now travel north on Duplex and east on Montgomery to Yonge.

December 6, 1958

59C "Finch via Willowdale" buses are altered to loop via Byng, Wilfred and Finch Avenue. Saturday service to commence at 7:00 a.m. instead of 10:00 a.m., Weekday evening service provided until 12:30 a.m. New weekday and Saturday evening service added to the 59G "North Yonge via Sheppard" branch.

October 11, 1960

Service on Willowdale is extended north from Finch to Cummer and east on Cummer to a new off-street loop immediately west o the St. John's Convalescent Hospital. (Service may not have begun right on this day if the loop facilities weren't ready). During rush hours, the direct service to Eglinton subway station is redesignated from 59C to 59H.

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59

RICHMOND HILL
S U B W A Y

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59A

PARKVIEW
S U B W A Y

Occasional short turns

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59B

FINCH-SUBWAY
VIA
Y O N G E

Occasional short turns

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59D

FINCH-SUBWAY
VIA
S E N L A C

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59E

STEELES
S U B W A Y

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59F

RICHMOND HILL
CITY LIMITS

Occasional short turns

NORTH YONGE
VIA SHEPPARD

59G

BATHURST
CUMMER

Monday to Saturdays, 18 hours a day
Except rush hours

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59H

CUMMER-SUBWAY
VIA
WILLOWDALE

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

January 29, 1961

Additional late evening Saturday and all day Sunday (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) added to the 59G "Senlac-Willowdale" branch. Buses operate at intervals of 30 minutes or better.

June 25, 1961

On Sundays, all 59 NORTH YONGE service now terminates at Glen Echo loop, with passengers required to transfer to 97 YONGE trolley coaches.

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59

RICHMOND HILL
S U B W A Y

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59D

FINCH-SUBWAY
VIA
S E N L A C

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59E

STEELES
S U B W A Y

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59F

RICHMOND HILL
CITY LIMITS

Sunday and holidays, 18 hours a day

NORTH YONGE
VIA SHEPPARD

59G

BATHURST
CUMMER

7 days a week, 18 hours a day
Except Sunday evenings and rush hours

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59H

CUMMER-SUBWAY
VIA
WILLOWDALE

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

September 8, 1961

Service on the Senlac branches is extended west from the present on-street loop at Bathurst via west on Finch and south on the main roadway of North York General Hospital, looping through the parking lot. No change to destination signs.

October 7, 1962

Service on the Senlac branches is rerouted to operate via north on Senlac, west on Finch, north on Grantbrook, east on Drewry and north on Cactus, looping via west on Goulding Ave, south on Harvey Ave, east on Connaught Blvd to Cactus and. Service on Finch west of Grantbrook is discontinued.

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59

RICHMOND HILL
S U B W A Y

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59D

GOULDING-SUBWAY
VIA
S E N L A C

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59E

STEELES
S U B W A Y

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59F

RICHMOND HILL
CITY LIMITS

Sunday and holidays, 18 hours a day

NORTH YONGE
via SHEPPARD

59G

GOULDING
C U M M E R

7 days a week, 18 hours a day
Except Sunday evenings and rush hours

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59H

CUMMER-SUBWAY
VIA
WILLOWDALE

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

December 15, 1963

Three new bus bays put into operation at Eglinton Terminal. Buses on the "Senlac" branch are assigned to Bay #11, while buses on the "Willowdale" branch are assigned to Bay #12. Buses to Richmond Hill are assigned to Bay #13. Buses on the "Steeles" branch are sent to Bay #5.

September 6, 1964

Service is extended north of Richmond Hill to loop at Elgin Mills via east on Elgin Mills, south on Entard and west on Industrial Road to Yonge and return. No change to destination signs, as this was still in Richmond Hill.

June 26, 1965

Service to Elgin Mills discontinued at the end of this day. The northern terminus at Levendale (formerly Hunt) is restored.

September 5, 1965

Service on the Willowdale branches is extended north of Cummer via Willowdale and west on Steeles to Yonge loop. Service on the Senlac branches is extended from Goulding via Cactus to Peckham. Service is also established (or officially acknowledged) providing a new connection between the Eglinton subway terminal and the Finch/Bathurst intersection via Finch and Yonge. Buses on the new 59H branch operate two trips in the morning and three trips in the afternoon during school days, providing service to Northern Heights Secondary School

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59

RICHMOND HILL
S U B W A Y

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59C

STEELES-SUBWAY
VIA
WILLOWDALE

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59D

STEELES-SUBWAY
VIA
S E N L A C

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59E

STEELES
S U B W A Y

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59F

RICHMOND HILL
CITY LIMITS

Sunday and holidays, 18 hours a day

NORTH YONGE
via SHEPPARD

59G

PECKHAM
STEELES

7 days a week, 18 hours a day
Except rush hours

NORTH YONGE
via FINCH

59H

BATHURST
S U B W A Y

Monday to Friday, 2 morning trips, 3 afternoon trips
(School Special)

February 26, 1966

With the opening of the BLOOR DANFORTH SUBWAY rendering the "SUBWAY" destination sign too vague and confusing, route signs on 59 NORTH YONGE are revised. This primarily affected newer buses, as older buses scheduled for retirement within the next couple of years would not receive these new signs. Note the distinction below of the express branch (59A versus 59). It is not clear why the TTC provided express and local branches for the route, but timetables indicate that all scheduled trips Mondays through Saturdays ran express in both directions between Eglinton station and Glen Echo loop.

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59

RICHMOND HILL
EGLINTON STN

Occasional short turns?

NORTH YONGE

E X P R E S S

59A

RICHMOND HILL
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59B

FINCH-EGLINTON STN
VIA
Y O N G E

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59C

STEELES-EGLINTON STN
VIA
WILLOWDALE

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59D

STEELES-EGLINTON STN
VIA
S E N L A C

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59E

STEELES
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59F

RICHMOND HILL
CITY LIMITS

Sunday and holidays, 18 hours a day

NORTH YONGE
via SHEPPARD

59G

WILLOWDALE
S E N L A C

7 days a week, 18 hours a day
Except rush hours

NORTH YONGE
via FINCH

59H

BATHURST
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only
(School Special)

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59J

STEELES
CITY LIMITS

Sunday and holidays, 18 hours a day

July 19, 1968

The morning 59B "Finch" short turn service is discontinued Short-turn AM "Finch" service discontinued on this day, following the last bus operating through the morning rush hour. No change to the afternoon rush hour service.

December 6, 1968

Last day of operation for the afternoon 59B "Finch" rush hour short turn service.

March 31, 1973

Coincident with the extension of the YONGE SUBWAY from Eglinton to York Mills, service is revised to operate out of the York Mills subway terminal. Express service is discontinued. Service on the Willowdale branch is replaced by the new 98 WILLOWDALE bus. Service on the Senlac branch is replaced by the 55 SENLAC bus.

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59A

STEELES
YORK MILLS STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day
(every 3 minutes during rush hours)
(every 10 minutes all other times)

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59B

RICHMOND HILL
YORK MILLS STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day
(every 15 minutes during rush hours)
(every 40 minutes all other times)

March 30, 1974

Coincident with the extension of the YONGE SUBWAY from York Mills to Finch, service is revised to operate out of Finch subway terminal. One branch now provides service (15 minutes during rush hours, every 30 minutes at all other times) between Finch station and Richmond Hill.

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59A

RICHMOND HILL
FINCH STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

June 24, 1974

59A service redesignated 59. No change to service levels.

N O R T H
Y O N G E

59

RICHMOND HILL
FINCH STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

November 27, 1977

Last day of operation. Service is replaced by GO Transit's Yonge Bus service operating out of the regional terminal at Finch station and, eventually, VIVA's Blue Line.


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