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86 Scarboro/86 Scarborough

Compiled by Pete Coulman, with images donated from his collection

June 26, 1936

Service begins on a new bus route replacing the SCARBORO RADIAL line. Buses operate from Bingham loop to the Scarboro post office via Kingston Road, looping in the east end through an off-street loop on the east side of Kingston Road at Eglinton Avenue. Service operates under contract with the Township of Scarboro and is operated out of Davenport Division.

S C A R B O R O

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

Scarboro vs. Scarborough

It’s worth noting the use of the name “Scarboro” in this route history. For the first five decades or so of this bus route, the service was named “SCARBORO”. In the 1980s, when the all-black rollsigns replaced the tricolours, this changed to “SCARBOROUGH”. In some cases (see the image archive below), tricolour and all-black version of the route name coexisted. So there is no hard-and-fast date when the SCARBORO route became SCARBOROUGH.

This is reflective of the use of the name by the wider community. When Scarborough Township was incorporated in 1850, its official title was “Scarborough”, after a city in the United Kingdom. Residents would colloquially shorten the name to “Scarboro’” so as not to have to write the “ugh” at the end of the word. The railway company founded in 1894 to serve Kingston Road (and thus the original ancestor of this bus route) was known as “Toronto and Scarboro’ Electric Railway, Light and Power Company”. Note the apostrophe at the end of the “Scarboro”. This indicates that the official name is longer, but the name has been shortened.

Scarborough Township officially became a city in June 1983. It is likely that, during this time, Scarborough’s mayor and city council emphasized the full spelling of the city’s name as a point of civic pride. It may not be coincidence that it is around this time, when the all-black rollsigns are coming into being, that the route name changes.

September 1, 1936

An extra “tripper” service is launched, running from Bingham via Kingston Road and north on Birchmount Road to the Scarborough Collegiate Institute. A bus, housed at Russell Division and manned by the “Russell extra man” operates mornings and late afternoons, Monday to Friday. No change in destination signs, although a window card reading “HIGH SCHOOL” is used.

September 3, 1936

Service cut back from Bingham loop to Birchmount loop at the southeast corner of Kingston Road and Birchmount. Passengers travelling further west must transfer to KINGSTON ROAD streetcars.

April 6, 1942

Monday to Saturday rush hour service extended from Eglinton Avenue to West Hill at the Franklin Avenue overpass. Buses loop via east on Lawson, north over the Franklin Bridge and west on Kingston Road to route. The whole route operates with 3-Zone fares rather than using a sliding scale based on route length, as before.

SCARBORO

BIRCHMOUNT
WEST HILL

Monday to Saturday, rush hours only

SCARBORO

BIRCHMOUNT
SCARBORO P.O

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

June 11, 1942

The sliding fare scale is restored from Birchmount to Stop 26, with a straight five-cent fare east of Stop 26.

February 28, 1944

West Hill service increased to operate all day, every day, including Sundays and holidays.

September 10, 1945

Operations transferred to Sherbourne Garage

On or Before June 7, 1946

Service to West Hill increased from every hour to every half-hour in rush hours. Additional buses now short turn at Stop 14 (Midland Avenue).

SCARBORO

BIRCHMOUNT
WEST HILL

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

SCARBORO

BIRCHMOUNT
S T O P   1 4

Additional short turn service

July 1, 1954

On this day, the six-month-old Toronto Transit Commission reorganizes most of its suburban services, now that it is responsible for all transit service within the boundaries of Metropolitan Toronto. SCARBORO service replaces KINGSTON ROAD streetcars between Birchmount and Bingham loops, and now operates within Suburban Fare Zones 1, 2, 3 and 4.

The main branch operates from Bingham loop at Kingston Road and Victoria Park via northeast on Kingston Road and east on Lawrence Avenue to an off-street loop at Kingston Road and Beechgrove. This removes service on Kingston Road northeast of Beechgrove to Lawson. In addition, a short turn service operates during rush hours and evenings between Bingham and Birchmount. The TTC map for July 1, 1954 indicates that additional short turns occurred at Kingston Road and St. Clair and at Stop 26 (Kingston Road and Eglinton).

Suburban Zone 1 fares were in effect between Bingham and Kennedy. Suburban Zone 2 fares were in effect between Kennedy and McCowan. Suburban Zone 3 fares were in effect between McCowan and the Canadian National Railway tracks. All stops further east were in Suburban Zone 4.

SCARBORO

BINGHAM
WEST HILL

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

SCARBORO

BINGHAM
BIRCHMOUNT

Monday to Friday, rush hours and evenings

SCARBORO

BINGHAM
ST. CLAIR

Occasional short turns
(Sign Assumed)

SCARBORO

BINGHAM
SCARBORO P.O

Occasional short turns
(Sign Assumed)

February 8, 1955

Service on the main branch is extended east of Beechgrove back to the Franklin Avenue Overpass, looping via east on Lawson, northwest on the overpass and southwest on Kingston Road. In addition, additional midday service (every second bus) is provided to Stop 26 (Eglinton Avenue).

April 15, 1956

Service assigned route number 86. On or before this day, service begins on a new midday and evening short turn service. Buses on the 86 branch operate from Bingham loop via northeast on Kingston Road to nearly St. Clair, looping via south on Brooklawn, west on Sloley and north on Eastville.

Buses are served by Sherbourne Garage, Woodbine Garage and (though it is not officially opened on this date) Birchmount Garage. Through the summer, buses on the main branch operate every 20 minutes during rush hours and every 35 minutes at other times. Service on the 86A “Birchmount” branch operate ever 7 minutes during rush hours. Service on the 86B “St. Clair” branch operate every 35 minutes during weekday midday and evenings, and service on the 86C “Eglinton” branch operates every 20 minutes during rush hours.

SCARBORO

86

W E S T   H I L L
B I N G H A M

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

SCARBORO

86A

BIRCHMOUNT
B I N G H A M

Monday to Friday, rush hours

SCARBORO

86B

S T.   C L A I R
B I N G H A M

Monday to Friday, midday and evenings

SCARBORO

86C

E G L I N T O N
B I N G H A M

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

March 4, 1957

Additional rush hour service is provided between Bingham loop and Midland Avenue, looping via south and east on a private roadway located behind the gas station on the southwest corner, and north on Midland to Kingston Road.

SCARBORO

86

W E S T   H I L L
B I N G H A M

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

SCARBORO

86A

BIRCHMOUNT
B I N G H A M

Monday to Friday, rush hours

SCARBORO

86B

S T.   C L A I R
B I N G H A M

Monday to Friday, midday and evenings

SCARBORO

86C

E G L I N T O N
B I N G H A M

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

SCARBORO

86D

M I D L A N D
B I N G H A M

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

September 4, 1961

Last week of official 86B “St. Clair” service. The service does continue to operate on a few trips serving R.H. King Collegiate Institute, looping through the school driveway. Destination sign for this service, if not using the 86B exposure, is likely a blank exposure with a window card.

September 5, 1961

Service begins on a new branch operating from Bingham loop via Kingston Road and then north on Markham Road to Painted Post, looping via west on Rochman, north on Sophia and east on Painter Post, returning via south on Markham Road. Buses operate during the daytime hours, Monday to Friday. Service alternates with the 86 main branch.

At Bingham, the 86E and 86 buses load at the “middle” position at Bingham loop. 86A buses load at the far east, while 86C loads at the far west.

SCARBORO

86

W E S T   H I L L
B I N G H A M

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

SCARBORO

86A

BIRCHMOUNT
B I N G H A M

Monday to Friday, rush hours

SCARBORO

86C

E G L I N T O N
B I N G H A M

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

SCARBORO

86D

M I D L A N D
B I N G H A M

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

S C A R B O R O
via MARKHAM

86E

PAINTED POST
B I N G H A M

Monday to Friday, daytime

December 5, 1964

Saturday daytime service added to the 86E “Via Markham Road” branch.

August 19, 1966

Service on Markham Road is extended north of Painted Post, Monday to Friday, looping at Ellesmere via a large on-street loop. Buses loop via east and north on Painted Post, north on Scarborough Golf Club Road, west on Ellesmere and south on Markham Road. The extension replaces the looping of a branch of 54 LAWRENCE EAST.

SCARBORO

86

W E S T   H I L L
B I N G H A M

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

SCARBORO

86A

BIRCHMOUNT
B I N G H A M

Monday to Friday, rush hours

S C A R B O R O
via MARKHAM

86B

CHURCHILL HTS
B I N G H A M

Monday to Saturday, daytime

SCARBORO

86C

E G L I N T O N
B I N G H A M

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

SCARBORO

86D

M I D L A N D
B I N G H A M

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

May 11, 1968

Coincident with the extension of the BLOOR-DANFORTH SUBWAY to Warden station, all SCARBORO 86 buses are rerouted at the west end to operate out of Warden station. Service on Kingston Road southwest of St. Clair is now provided by the new 12 KINGSTON RD bus. The 86A “Birchmount” and 86C “Eglinton” branches are discontinued.

The 86B “Churchill Hts” branch is redesigned 86A and extended north of Ellesmere, looping via west on Progress and north, west and south on Estate Drive and east on Progress back to Markham Road.

SCARBORO

86

HIGHLAND CREEK
WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

S C A R B O R O
via MARKHAM RD

86A

P R O G R E S S
WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

September 3, 1972

Service on the main branch is extended east of Lawson Road via Old Kingston Road to Meadowvale, looping via White and Meadowvale. No change to destination signs.

January 2, 1973

Service begins on a new rush hour branch into the Beechgrove area, replacing a portion of the 54 LAWRENCE EAST route. 86B SCARBORO buses follow the regular route to Kingston Road and Lawrence and then head east on Lawrence, looping via south on Beechgrove, west on Coronation and north on Manse to Lawrence.

SCARBORO

86

HIGHLAND CREEK
WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

S C A R B O R O
via MARKHAM RD

86A

P R O G R E S S
WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

S C A R B O R O
via LAWRENCE

86B

BEECHGROVE DR.
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

July 21, 1974

Coincident with the opening of the Metro Toronto Zoo, a new branch of the 86 SCARBORO bus is extended to provide service. Buses run from Warden Station over the regular route to Meadowvale and then north on Meadowvale to the new Metro Zoo looping in the parking lot. Service provided on a limited basis when the Zoo is open.

SCARBORO

86

HIGHLAND CREEK
WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

S C A R B O R O
via MARKHAM RD

86A

P R O G R E S S
WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

S C A R B O R O
via LAWRENCE

86B

BEECHGROVE DR.
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

SCARBORO

86C

METRO ZOO
WARDEN STN

During Zoo hours

October 16, 1977

Last day of service on the 86A “Progress” branch. The following day, service on Markham Road is provided by the new 102 MARKHAM RD bus.

September 7, 1980

Service on the 86 “Highland Creek” branch is extended north on Meadowvale to loop at an off-street loop just north of Sheppard Avenue. 86C buses provide service north of Sheppard to the Zoo throughout the day and the evening, whenever the Zoo is open.

SCARBORO

86

SHEPPARD
WARDEN STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

S C A R B O R O
via LAWRENCE

86B

BEECHGROVE DR.
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

SCARBORO

86C

METRO ZOO
WARDEN STN

During Zoo hours

ttc-86-scarborough-transfer-1985.jpg

An 86 SCARBOROUGH transfer, circa 1985

November 22, 1980

Coincident with the extension of the BLOOR-DANFORTH SUBWAY to Kennedy, service in the west end is rerouted to operate out of Kennedy station via Eglinton, Kingston Road and Meadowvale. Service on Kingston Road southwest of Eglinton is provided by 102 MARKHAM RD and by the newly minted 114 KINGSTON RD EAST routes. 114 KINGSTON RD EAST also replaces the 86B “Beechgrove” branch.

The 86C “Zoo” branch is redesigned 86A. Also on this day, service begins on the 86B rush hour short turn service at Lawrence. Buses follow the regular route to Kingston Road and Lawrence and loop via east on Lawrence and north on Morningside to Kingston Road.

SCARBORO

86

SHEPPARD
KENNEDY STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

SCARBORO

86A

METRO ZOO
KENNEDY STN

During Zoo hours

SCARBORO

86B

LAWRENCE
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

March 14, 1988

Service begins on a new rush hour express service, following the 86 main branch route to Sheppard Avenue. Buses operate express from Kennedy Station to Kingston Road and Guildwood Parkway and continue on in local service

SCARBOROUGH

86

SHEPPARD
KENNEDY STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

SCARBOROUGH

86A

METRO ZOO
KENNEDY STN

During Zoo hours

SCARBOROUGH

86B

LAWRENCE
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

SCARBOROUGH

E X P R E S S

86C

SHEPPARD
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

February 18, 1990

Coincident with the elimination of the 114 KINGSTON RD EAST bus route, service on the 86B “Lawrence” short turn branch ends, with a new branch established to provide service between Kennedy station and the Beechgrove/Coronation area. Buses follow the regular route to Kingston Road and Lawrence and then operate via west on Lawrence, looping via south on Manse, east on Coronation and north on Beechgrove to Lawrence. Buses operate Monday to Friday, daytime until 6:30 p.m.

SCARBOROUGH

86

SHEPPARD
KENNEDY STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

SCARBOROUGH

86A

METRO ZOO
KENNEDY STN

During Zoo hours

SCARBOROUGH

E X P R E S S

86C

SHEPPARD
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

SCARBOROUGH
via LAWRENCE

86D

BEECHGROVE
WARDEN STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

September 6, 1998

Service is established on a new rush hour short turn service, running from Kennedy station over the regular route to loop via Lawson, north on the Highland Creek Overpass and west and south over Old Kingston Road. Although the exact schedule of this service is not known, in later years, all local rush hour service operated along this 86B branch, while service on Meadowvale was provided entirely by the express service.

February 14, 2000

The 86C express branch is re-designated 86E.

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

86

SCARBOROUGH

 

86

SCARBOROUGH

TO KENNEDY STN

TO SHEPPARD

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

86A

SCARBOROUGH

 

TO METRO ZOO

During Zoo Hours

 

 

 

86B

SCARBOROUGH

 

TO HIGHLAND CREEK

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

 

 

 

86D

SCARBOROUGH

 

TO BEECHGROVE
VIA LAWRENCE

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

86E

SCARBOROUGH

 

86E

SCARBOROUGH

TO KENNEDY STN
E X P R E S S

TO SHEPPARD
E X P R E S S

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

November 23, 2008

As part of the TTC’s Ridership Growth Strategy, new evening and weekend service to Beechgrove is provided. Buses operate at intervals of 30 minutes or better whenever the subway is open.

May 8, 2011

Due to a reallocation of resources resulting from a reduction of municipal transit subsidies, all Sunday and holiday service is eliminated on the 86D “Beechgrove” branch. All service after 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday is also eliminated.

June 22, 2014

As part of a system-wide reorganization of route branch designations, northbound buses on the main “Sheppard” branch are redesignated 86C. All southbound local buses continue to show 86 SCARBOROUGH destination signs.

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

86

SCARBOROUGH

 

 

 

TO KENNEDY STN

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

86A

SCARBOROUGH

 

TO METRO ZOO

During Zoo Hours

 

 

 

86B

SCARBOROUGH

 

TO HIGHLAND CREEK

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

 

 

 

86C

SCARBOROUGH

 

TO SHEPPARD

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

 

 

 

86D

SCARBOROUGH

 

TO BEECHGROVE
VIA LAWRENCE

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

86E

SCARBOROUGH

 

86E

SCARBOROUGH

TO KENNEDY STN
E X P R E S S

TO SHEPPARD
E X P R E S S

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

October 11, 2015

Late evening Sunday and holiday service is increased on the 86C “Sheppard” branch so that service between Kennedy station and Sheppard Avenue operates at intervals of ten minutes or better whenever the subway is open.


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