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68 Warden

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Compiled by Jeffrey Kay
Map by John Calnan

May 11, 1968

Coincident with the extension of the BLOOR-DANFORTH SUBWAY to [Warden station](/subway/stations/002-bloor-danforth-subway/warden.shtml), service begins on the new 68 WARDEN bus route, replacing the portion of the 67 PHARMACY bus route north of Eglinton and providing new daily service on Warden between Eglinton and St. Clair. Buses operate from [Warden station](/subway/stations/002-bloor-danforth-subway/warden.shtml) via Warden north to Huntingwood, looping via west on Huntingwood, south on Bridlewood and east on Bowater. A rush hour short turn service operates between [Warden station](/subway/stations/002-bloor-danforth-subway/warden.shtml) and Ellesmere, looping two blocks north via west on Lupin, south on Budea and east on Sylla. Buses on this route are based out of Birchmount garage.

WARDEN

68

HUNTINGWOOD
WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

WARDEN

68A

ELLESMERE
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

November 4, 1968

All "Huntingwood" buses now loop in an off-street loop on the east side of Warden Avenue, north of Huntingwood.

March 8, 1972

Service is extended north to Finch, looping via west and north on Bridletowne Circle and east on Finch.

WARDEN

68

F I N C H
WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

WARDEN

68A

ELLESMERE
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

June 24, 1973

Service extended north of Finch to a new off-street loop on the west side of Warden, just south of Glen Springs Drive, in the hydro corridor. No change to destination signs.

January 3, 1977

Buses serving the "Ellesmere" branch now run a short distance further north on Warden, turning east on Metropolitan Road, looping on the Robert Simpson Company property at the end of the street.

September 4, 1979

"Finch" buses extended north on Warden, now looping via east and north on Bamburgh and then east on Glendinning. No change to destination signs.

November 22, 1980

"Finch" buses now loop on the east side of Warden, counter-clockwise via Bamburgh Circle.

September 2, 1986

Route signs for the branch looping through Bamburgh Circle changed from "Finch" to "Steeles".

WARDEN

68

STEELES
WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

WARDEN

68A

ELLESMERE
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

February 9, 1987

Night service introduced under the 318 WARDEN BLUE NIGHT bus route.

November 26, 1988

Under contract with the Town of Markham, selected buses from Monday to Saturday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. are extended north on Warden from Bamburgh Circle to 16th Avenue, looping via east on 16th Avenue, south on Village Parkway and west on Carlton.

WARDEN

68

STEELES
WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

WARDEN

68A

ELLESMERE
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

WARDEN

68B

16TH AVENUE
WARDEN STN

Monday to Saturday, daytime

June 21, 1992

Weekday midday service north of Steeles discontinued at the request of the Town of Markham. Weekday rush hour and Saturday daytime service remains.

July 23, 1992

Saturday daytime service north of Steeles is discontinued at the request of the Town of Markham.

January 3, 1993

Rush hour service to Ellesmere (Metropolitan Road) is discontinued.

September 7, 1993

At the request of the Town of Markham, weekday midday and Saturday daytime service north of Steeles Avenue is restored.

September 3, 2000

Looping at 16th Avenue revised so that 68B buses now loop via west on 16th Avenue, north on Village Gate, east on Calvert and south on Warden.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

68

W A R D E N

 

68

W A R D E N

TO STEELES

TO WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

68B

W A R D E N

 

 

 

TO 16th AVENUE
EXTRA FARE REQUIRED
NORTH OF STEELES

 

Monday to Saturday, daytime

January 1, 2001

Transit service in the Town of Markham is now operated by York Region Transit. The TTC's contract to operate the 68B service north of Steeles is transfered from the Town of Markham to the Regional Municipality of York.

February 18, 2001

"Steeles" trips are extended north from Bamburgh Circle to a new off-street loop on the west side of Warden, just north of Steeles. No change in destination signs.

May 12, 2002

At the request of York Region Transit, early evening and Sunday service is added to the 68B "16th Avenue" branch.

November 24, 2002

Coincident with the opening of the SHEPPARD SUBWAY to Don Mills station, service on Warden Avenue north of Steeles is now provided by the new 268 WARDEN NORTH route. All trips that previously operated from [Warden station](/subway/stations/002-bloor-danforth-subway/warden.shtml) to 16th Avenue now turn back at Steeles.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

68

W A R D E N

 

68

W A R D E N

TO STEELES

TO WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

September 5, 2004

Service on the 268 WARDEN NORTH route discontinued due to insufficient ridership to justify the duplication of service between Sheppard and Steeles. Service north of Steeles now provided by a restored 68B branch to 16th Avenue.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

68

W A R D E N

 

68

W A R D E N

TO STEELES

TO WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

68B

W A R D E N

 

 

 

TO 16th AVENUE
EXTRA FARE REQUIRED
NORTH OF STEELES

 

7 days a week, daytime and early evenings

September 4, 2005

Service into York Region is extended north from 16th Avenue to Major Mackenzie. Buses now loop around the Angus Glen Community Centre on Major Mackenzie east of Warden. Service discontinued on 16th Avenue, Village Gate and Calvert.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

68

W A R D E N

 

68

W A R D E N

TO STEELES

TO WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

68B

W A R D E N

 

 

 

TO MAJOR MACKENZIE
EXTRA FARE REQUIRED
NORTH OF STEELES

 

7 days a week, daytime and early evenings

November 23, 2008

Operation of this route transferred from Birchmount garage to Eglinton garage on Comstock Road.

February 15, 2009

Service designated accessible using low floor Orion VII buses on all trips.

June 22, 2014

As part of a system-wide reorganization of branch designations, northbound buses on the the 68 "Steeles" branch are redesignated 68A. All southbound buses show a 68 WARDEN exposure.

NORTHBOUND

 

SOUTHBOUND

 

 

 

68

W A R D E N

 

TO WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

68A

W A R D E N

 

 

 

TO STEELES

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

68B

W A R D E N

 

 

 

TO MAJOR MACKENZIE
EXTRA FARE REQUIRED
NORTH OF STEELES

 

7 days a week, daytime and early evenings


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