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60 Steeles West/60 Steeles

Compiled by Jeffrey Kay

60 STEELES (1969-1974)

November 3, 1969

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The TTC launches a new service on Steeles Avenue, across the north of the city, from Jane Street east to Bayview Avenue. At the west end, buses loop via south on Jane, west on Hullmar and north on Peter Kaiser. In the east, buses loop via south on Laureleaf and then east and north on Bestview. Service operates Monday to Friday, during rush hours and midday.

Service is not immediately a hit. A Headlights report at the time expressed disappointment with the lack of ridership, but service is retained.

STEELES

60

J  A  N  E
LAURELEAF

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

October 16, 1972

Service extended east from Bayview to Don Mills, looping via south on Townsend, west on Freshmeadow and north on Don Mills.

STEELES

60

J  A  N  E
DON MILLS

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

March 29, 1974

Last day of operation. Coincident with the opening of the North Yonge extension to Finch, service is split at Yonge between the new 60 STEELES WEST and 53 STEELES EAST routes.

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60 STEELES WEST (1974-date)

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March 30 1974

New route begins operation, replacing the western portion of the old 60 STEELES with the Yonge subway at Finch. Buses follow the old route's looping at Jane and run east on Steeles to Yonge Street, and then south on Yonge to Finch. Service increased to seven days a week, eighteen hours a day.

STEELES WEST

60

J  A  N  E
FINCH STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

July 21, 1974

Service extended west of Jane to an off-street loop on the north side of Steeles, just west of Islington Avenue.

STEELES WEST

60

ISLINGTON
FINCH STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

September 2, 1980

During the daytime on Mondays through Fridays, service extended west of Islington to a new off-street loop on Kipling Avenue, just north of Steeles. In addition, a new rush hour branch begins operation between Finch Station and Jane, following the original on-street loop of south on Jane, west on Hullmar and north on Peter Kaiser.

STEELES WEST

60

ISLINGTON
FINCH STN

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

STEELES WEST

60A

J  A  N  E
FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

STEELES WEST

60B

KIPLING
FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

April 18, 1983

Service in the Kipling branch (60B) increased to include Monday through Friday evenings and all day Saturdays. Islington branch (60) operates on Saturday evenings and all day Sundays and holidays.

September 6, 1983

Coincident with the inauguration of the 117 ALNESS route (operating on Steeles Avenue between Alness and Jane and then running on transit-priority lanes to Wilson station on the Spadina subway), service ends on the 60A "Jane" rush hour branch, replaced with a new rush hour short turn service between Finch station and Bathurst, looping south on Bathurst, west on Fisherville and north on Carpenter.

STEELES WEST

60

ISLINGTON
FINCH STN

Saturday, evenings only
Sunday and holidays, 18 hours a day

STEELES WEST

60B

KIPLING
FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, 18 hours a day
Saturday, daytime

STEELES WEST

60C

BATHURST
FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

November 21, 1983

Rush hour short turn service extended west from Bathurst to near Keele Street, to connect with the 117 ALNESS service. 60C buses now loop via south on Petrolia, east on Limestone and north on Shale Gate.

STEELES WEST

60

ISLINGTON
FINCH STN

Saturday, evenings only
Sunday and holidays, 18 hours a day

STEELES WEST

60B

KIPLING
FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, 18 hours a day
Saturday, daytime

STEELES WEST

60C

K E E L E
FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

March 17, 1984

One bus added on Saturdays after 7 p.m. to increase service to every 20 minutes on the 60 "Islington" branch.

April 16, 1984

Coincident with the elimination of all 117 ALNESS service on Steeles west of Alness, rush hour short turn service is extended back to Jane Street, looping via south on Jane, west on Hullmar and north on Peter Kaiser.

STEELES WEST

60

ISLINGTON
FINCH STN

Saturday, evenings only
Sunday and holidays, 18 hours a day

STEELES WEST

60A

J  A  N  E
FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

STEELES WEST

60B

KIPLING
FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, 18 hours a day
Saturday, daytime

March 25, 1985

A new Monday through Friday rush hour and midday service is introduced between Finch Station and York University. 60C buses loop via south on Keele, west on St. Lawrence, north and west on Fraser and north on Ottawa. Service on the 60A Jane rush hour branch is discontinued.

STEELES WEST

60

ISLINGTON
FINCH STN

Saturday, evenings only
Sunday and holidays, 18 hours a day

STEELES WEST

60B

KIPLING
FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, 18 hours a day
Saturday, daytime

STEELES WEST

60C

YORK UNIVERSITY
FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

March 30, 1986

Sunday service increased to every 18-19 minutes until about 6:15 p.m.

November 24, 1986

Service on the 60B Kipling branch is extended west to a new off-street loop on the south side of Steeles, just west of Martin Grove.

STEELES WEST

60

ISLINGTON
FINCH STN

Saturday, evenings only
Sunday and holidays, 18 hours a day

STEELES WEST

60B

MARTIN GROVE
FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, 18 hours a day
Saturday, daytime

STEELES WEST

60C

YORK UNIVERSITY
FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

January 1, 1989

Larger capacity 60-foot articulated buses now scheduled on all trips.

February 19, 1990

New rush-hour branch launched extending service west of Martin Grove to serve the industrial area west of Highway 27. Buses loop via south and west on Steinway and north on Signal Hill.

STEELES WEST

60

ISLINGTON
FINCH STN

Saturday, evenings only
Sunday and holidays, 18 hours a day

STEELES WEST

60B

MARTIN GROVE
FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, 18 hours a day
Saturday, daytime

STEELES WEST

60C

YORK UNIVERSITY
FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

STEELES WEST

60D

HIGHWAY 27
FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

April 1, 1991

During rush hours (6-9 a.m. and 3-7 p.m.), all buses operate EXPRESS on Yonge Street between Steeles Avenue and Finch station. No change in destination signs.

June 24, 1991

Morning rush hour express service on Yonge now begins at 7 a.m.

November 24, 1991

Articulated buses no longer used on this route.

January 5, 1992

Saturday evening and Sunday daytime and early evening service added to the 60B Martin Grove branch. Service only cut back to Islington during late evenings on Sundays.

June 21, 1992

Looping revised for 60C York University buses, to include service to York Lanes.

October 17, 1993 (or earlier)

Following the introduction of electronic signs on all buses, express services now have their own branch letter designation. The exact date of the introduction of these new branch designations is unknown, but is believed to have occurred after the June 1992. Buses running express on Yonge Street during the rush hours are designated 60E (to Highway 27) and 60F (to York University)

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

 

 

 

60

STEELES WEST

 

TO FINCH STN

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

60

STEELES WEST

 

 

 

TO ISLINGTON

 

Sunday and holidays, late evenings only

60B

STEELES WEST

 

 

 

TO MARTIN GROVE

 

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day
Sunday and holidays, daytime and early evening
Except Monday to Friday rush hours after 7 a.m.

60C

STEELES WEST

 

 

 

TO YORK UNIVERSITY

 

Monday to Friday, early morning rush hours and midday

60D

STEELES WEST

 

 

 

TO HIGHWAY 27

 

Monday to Friday, early morning rush hours

60E

STEELES WEST

 

60E

STEELES WEST

E X P R E S S
TO HIGHWAY 27

E X P R E S S
TO FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only
(Morning rush hours after 7 a.m.)

60F

STEELES WEST

 

 

 

E X P R E S S
TO YORK UNIVERSITY

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours only
(Morning rush hours after 7 a.m.

February 13, 1994

New Monday through Friday evening service is added to the York University branch. Buses operate until about 10:30 p.m.

February 18, 1996

As part of a series of system-wide cutbacks resulting from the elimination of provincial subsidies, Monday-Friday afternoon rush hour frequent service reduced, and early evening service reduced to every 11-12 minutes.

July 28, 1996

Route is designated as an accessible route with all off-peak trips and most peak trips operated by lift-equipped Orion buses. In late 2001, early 2002, lift-equipped Nova RTS buses arrive.

October 6, 1996

Saturday daytime service (between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.; later from 8 a.m.) added to the York University (60C) branch. Service reduced on the Martin Grove branch.

September 5, 1999

Additional short turn service added on Sundays on the York University (60C) branch.

June 11, 2000

An earlier round-trip added on Sundays and holidays, departing from Finch Station at approximately 7:40 a.m., and departing eastbound from Martin Grove at approximately 8:27 a.m. This new trip maked an earlier connection with the 8:31 a.m. departure on the new Vaughan Transit Route 27, operating from Martin Grove Loop.

October 15, 2000

Service increased on the 60C York University branch during the late evening from Monday to Friday, to reduce overcrowding. East of York University, service improved from every 16 minutes to every 12 minutes. West of York University, service changed from every 16 minutes to every 24 minutes.

January 7, 2001

Westbound service from Finch Station increased at the end of the daytime on Sundays and holidays, to reduce overcrowding. Three additional westbound trips added, at approximately 6:30, 6:50, and 7:10 p.m., between Finch Station and Weston Road.

February 18, 2001

Service increased during the afternoon peak period from Monday to Friday, from every 3 minutes 50 seconds to every 3 minutes 30 seconds.

September 2, 2001

Service increased during the daytime on Sundays and holidays. The combined service east of York University improved from every 10 min to every 8 min 30 s. Service west of York University improved from every 20 min to every 10 min.

January 7, 2002

A new earlier eastbound trip to Finch Station added, leaving Martin Grove at approximately 4:50 a.m., from Monday to Friday. A new later round trip added, leaving Martin Grove eastbound at approximately 2:15 a.m., and leaving Finch Station westbound at approximately 1:30 a.m., from Monday to Friday. Two additional eastbound trips added from York University to Steeles Avenue in the evenings from Monday to Friday. The trips depart from York University at approximately 9:15 and 9:39 p.m. to reduce crowding which now occurs when evening classes at the University are dismissed.

May 12, 2002

The 5:00 a.m. Monday-Friday eastbound departure from Martin Grove changed to start eastbound at Steeles & Peter Kaiser at 5:14 a.m. The 5:20 a.m. Monday-Friday eastbound departure from Martin Grove changed to start eastbound at Steeles & Peter Kaiser at 5:34 a.m. The 1:45 a.m. and 2:15 a.m. Monday-Friday eastbound departures from Martin Grove discontinued.

September 1, 2002

Service increased during the early evening on Saturdays from every 20 minutes to every 16 minutes.

Sundays from September 1 through October 6, 2002, inclusive.

Due to construction on the SHEPPARD subway, route is extended to York Mills Station during the Sunday morning hours (until noon) that subway service is normally provided. Service levels are not be changed. Buses operate both ways through the Finch station bus terminal and then south on Yonge, stopping only at Park Home Avenue and Sheppard Avenue.

March 30, 2003

Service increased between approximately 7:00 and 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays, to reduce crowding. Service east of Keele Street improved from every 20 minutes to every 10 minutes. Service at York University on the 60C (Finch Stn-York University) branch starts earlier, at approximately 9:00 a.m., instead of 10:00 a.m.

August 31, 2003

Additional time added to the schedules, Monday through Friday, to improve reliability in the face of delays caused by traffic congestion. This increases headways slightly.

September 7, 2004

New Monday through Friday and Saturday daytime service provided west of Martin Grove to Highway 27 (60D). Service cut back to Martin Grove (60B) for Monday to Saturday evenings and Sundays daytimes and early evenings. Service cut back to Islington (60) for Sunday late evenings only.

Service increased in the afternoon peak period from Monday to Friday, as part of the TTC's Ridership Growth Strategy. Combined service east of York University improved from every 3 minutes, 37 seconds to every 3 minutes, 22 seconds.

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

 

 

 

60

STEELES WEST

 

TO FINCH STN

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

60

STEELES WEST

 

 

 

TO ISLINGTON

 

Sunday and holidays, late evenings only

60B

STEELES WEST

 

 

 

TO MARTIN GROVE

 

Monday to Saturday, evenings
Sunday and holidays, daytime and early evening

60C

STEELES WEST

 

 

 

TO YORK UNIVERSITY

 

Monday to Friday, 18 hours a day, except rush hours after 7 a.m.
Weekends and holidays, daytime

60D

STEELES WEST

 

 

 

TO HIGHWAY 27

 

Monday to Friday, early morning rush hours and midday
Saturday, daytime

60E

STEELES WEST

 

60E

STEELES WEST

E X P R E S S
TO HIGHWAY 27

E X P R E S S
TO FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only
(Morning rush hours after 7 a.m.)

60F

STEELES WEST

 

 

 

E X P R E S S
TO YORK UNIVERSITY

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours only
(Morning rush hours after 7 a.m.

January 2, 2005

Additional departures added during the early part of the afternoon rush hour.

September 6, 2005

Service increased during the morning peak period and throughout the midday, Mondays through Fridays. Combined service east of Keele Street during the midday improved from every six minutes to four minutes.

May 8, 2006

Later northbound/westbound trips added seven days a week, to provide a connection with the last subway train arriving northbound at Finch Station at approximately 2:10 a.m.

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November 23, 2008

As part of the TTC's Ridership Growth Strategy, service that was scheduled to operate to Islington is now extended to operate to Martin Grove so that service east of Martin Grove operates 7 days a week, whenever the subway is open, effectively eliminating the 60 "Islington" branch.

October 19, 2009

Express service is revised, with additional buses allowing express service to operate overtop the local branches during rush hours. Further, buses on the 60E and 60F branches now make limited stops along Steeles Avenue. Service on the 60E branch now operates from the Kipling bus loop north of Steeles, operating via south on Kipling, east on Steeles and south on Yonge to Finch station; westbound buses reverse this route. Buses stop only at Islington Avenue, Weston Road, Signet Drive, Peter Kaiser Gate, Jane, Keele and Dufferin Streets, Hidden Trail, Black Hawkway (opposite New Westminster Drive), Bathurst Street, Village Gate, Hilda Avenue, Tangreen Court and Yonge Street. Buses on the 60F branch to York University stop at the same stops east of Keele, and operate local through the York University campus. Westbound buses leave Finch Station from 6 until 8:24 a.m. and from 3:24 until 6:36 p.m. Mondays to Fridays.

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

 

 

 

60

STEELES WEST

 

TO FINCH STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

60B

STEELES WEST

 

 

 

TO MARTIN GROVE

 

Monday to Saturday, evenings
Sunday and holidays, 18 hours a day

60C

STEELES WEST

 

 

 

TO YORK UNIVERSITY

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

60D

STEELES WEST

 

 

 

TO HIGHWAY 27

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday
Saturdays, midday

60E

STEELES WEST

 

60E

STEELES WEST

E X P R E S S
TO KIPLING

E X P R E S S
TO FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

60F

STEELES WEST

 

 

 

E X P R E S S
TO YORK UNIVERSITY

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

January 5, 2015

Express services revised. 60E Express service to Highway 27 is eliminated (last day of operation, January 2, 2015), replaced by the local 60D branch. Service on the 60F Express service to York University is revised to operate between Finch Station and Harry W. Arthurs Common on York University's Keele campus, stopping only the Yonge/Steeles intersection, Bathurst, Carpenter Road, Black Hawkway, Dufferin and Keele before stopping at all stops within the Keele campus. Additional rush hour service operates on the 60C local branch to York University.

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

 

 

 

60

STEELES WEST

 

TO FINCH STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

60B

STEELES WEST

 

 

 

TO MARTIN GROVE

 

Monday to Saturday, evenings
Sunday and holidays, 18 hours a day

60C

STEELES WEST

 

 

 

TO YORK UNIVERSITY

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

60D

STEELES WEST

 

 

 

TO HIGHWAY 27

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday
Saturdays, midday

60F

STEELES WEST

 

60F

STEELES WEST

E X P R E S S
TO YORK UNIVERSITY

E X P R E S S
TO FINCH STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

October 11, 2015

Late evening service is increased, late evenings on weekends and holidays, so that service between Finch station and Dufferin Street operates at intervals of ten minutes or better, whenever the subway is open.

May 9, 2016

On the 60F (Finch Station-York University Express) branch, a stop will be added at Ian Macdonald Boulevard and Chimneystack Road, in both directions.


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