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52 Lawrence West / 52 Lawrence

Compiled by Jeffrey Kay
Map by John Calnan
From Transfer Points, Vol. XXII, No. 4, May 1996
with additional information and materials from D.C. Bardeau and Peter Coulman, with thanks to Alan Gryfe

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52 Lawrence

May 1st, 1934

A new route is inaugurated, operated from Davenport garage, and running from Melrose & Elm via Elm, Lawrence Avenue and Ronan to Snowdon, and return. The route is initially operated from Davenport Garage.

LAWRENCE

MELROSE
SNOWDON

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

old-lawrence-transfer.jpg

A LAWRENCE transfer, circa 1951.

October 5th, 1936

Extra afternoon rush hour service added between Yonge Street and Melrose.

LAWRENCE

MELROSE
SNOWDON

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

LAWRENCE

MELROSE
YONGE

Monday to Friday, afternoon rush hours only

December 7th, 1936

Extra morning rush hour service added between Yonge Street and Melrose.

April 1st,1938

Operations transferred to Eglinton garage.

February 10th, 1941

Rush hour short turn eliminated. Additional rush hour service provided on whole route and extended on Elm north from Melrose to Roe.

LAWRENCE

MELROSE
SNOWDON

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

LAWRENCE

R O E
SNOWDON

Rush hours only, 6:00-8:56 a.m. &
Monday-Friday, 5:06-6:38 p.m.
Saturday, 12:11-5:05 p.m.

February 24th, 1941

Saturday Roe extension operates until 7:00 p.m..

June 20th, 1942

Saturday afternoon extras run between Yonge Street and Roe.

LAWRENCE

MELROSE
SNOWDON

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

LAWRENCE

R O E
SNOWDON

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE

R O E
YONGE

Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.

November 1st, 1942

Service extended all day to Roe. Extra rush hour trips run between Yonge Street and Roe.

LAWRENCE

R O E
SNOWDON

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

LAWRENCE

R O E
YONGE

Monday to Friday, rush hours
Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.

March 7, 1954

Concurrent with the launch of the NORTOWN trolley coach providing north-south service on Avenue Road and Mount Pleasant, service on LAWRENCE is revised, pulling buses off of Elm and Ronan. In the west end buses loop via north on Avenue Road, west on Glengarry and south on Grey and then head east on Lawrence to loop via south on Bayview, west on St. Leonards and north on Mildenhall.

In anticipation of the opening of the YONGE SUBWAY, peak period service on LAWRENCE is split at Yonge to operate to and from Eglinton station via Yonge street. Buses loop through the terminal, but don't drop off passengers in the station. On-street connections are made with the YONGE STREETCAR.

LAWRENCE

AVENUE RD
BAYVIEW

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

LAWRENCE WEST

AVENUE RD
SUBWAY

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE EAST

BAYVIEW
SUBWAY

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

March 30, 1954

With the opening of the YONGE SUBWAY at 1 p.m., peak period service on LAWRENCE entering Eglinton station serves Bay #2 at Eglinton.

July 1, 1954

Concurrent with a significant expansion to TTC transit service in the suburbs of Metropolitan Toronto, LAWRENCE service is extended west from Avenue Road via Lawrence to Lawrence Plaza at Bathurst Street. Buses loop in the parking lot on the southwest corner of Bathurst and Lawrence.

LAWRENCE

BATHURST
BAYVIEW

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

LAWRENCE WEST

BATHURST
SUBWAY

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE EAST

BAYVIEW
SUBWAY

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

June 29, 1955

In the west end, buses now loop via north on Bathurst, west on Covington and south on Brucewood to Lawrence, around the back of Lawrence Plaza.

September 7, 1956

All routes operating out of Eglinton garage are assigned route numbers. LAWRENCE is assigned route #52.

September 8, 1957

Service is extended west on Lawrence to Dufferin, looping via south on Corona, west on Cork and north on Dufferin. A Zone Boundary is established for Dufferin trips at Bathurst and Lawrence (which sees occasional short turns). A Central Zone fare is payable east of here, to Bayview or to Eglinton Station, as was the practice before this date. A "Zone 2" fare is payable for travel west of Bathurst.

LAWRENCE

52

DUFFERIN
BAYVIEW

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

LAWRENCE WEST

52A

BATHURST
SUBWAY

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE EAST

52B

BAYVIEW
SUBWAY

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE WEST

52C

DUFFERIN
SUBWAY

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

NOTE: "EAST" and "WEST" monickers were dropped from the front rollsigns starting September 1958, but the "'A' WEST" and "'B' EAST" elements were retained on the side signs right up until 1965.

December 29, 1957

Buses now stop at Bay 10 in Eglinton station. This larger bay, with four stopping locations, is now incorporated into the paid area at Eglinton station as the subway entrance near the Eglinton/Duplex intersection is opened.

December 5, 1960

Rush hour and midday weekday service is extended west from Dufferin to Caledonia, looping via south on Marianfeld, west on Playfair and north on Caledonia.

LAWRENCE

52

DUFFERIN
BAYVIEW

Monday to Friday, Evenings
All day, weekends and holidays

LAWRENCE

52A

BATHURST
SUBWAY

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE

52B

BAYVIEW
SUBWAY

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE

52D

CALEDONIA
SUBWAY

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE

52E

CALEDONIA
BAYVIEW

Monday to Friday, midday only

June 26, 1961

Caledonia service is extended west to Culford (beyond Keele Street), looping clockwise through the service station on the southwest corner.

LAWRENCE

52

DUFFERIN
BAYVIEW

Monday to Friday, Evenings
All day, weekends and holidays

LAWRENCE

52A

BATHURST
SUBWAY

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE

52B

BAYVIEW
SUBWAY

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE

52F

K E E L E
SUBWAY

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE

52G

K E E L E
BAYVIEW

Monday to Friday, midday only

October 10, 1961

Culford "Keele" service is extended to Weston Road, looping via north on Weston, east on John and south on South Station.

LAWRENCE

52

DUFFERIN
BAYVIEW

Monday to Friday, Evenings
All day, weekends and holidays

LAWRENCE

52A

BATHURST
SUBWAY

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE

52B

BAYVIEW
SUBWAY

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE

52D

WESTON
SUBWAY

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE

52E

WESTON
BAYVIEW

Monday to Friday, midday only

September 3, 1962

Evening and weekend service is extended west from Dufferin to Weston Road, effectively eliminating the "52" branch.

May 21, 1963

Afternoon peak period buses from Eglinton station now run express northbound from the first stop north of the subway to Lawrence Avenue. Southbound buses continue to serve all stops on Yonge. Buses now load at Bay 1 at Eglinton station.

Northbound express service during morning peak periods started later, as noted on the pocket timetable issued on October 31, 1966.

September 3, 1963

Concurrent with a major reorganization of the TTC's suburban routes, weekday midday and Saturday midday service is extended west of Weston Road via west on Lawrence, south on Royal York, west on Trehorne and west on the Westway to Martin Grove, looping via west on Redgrave, north and east on Waterbury, and south on Martin Grove. This replaces the old 98 WESTWAY route. Service on the 52A branch (Bathurst-Subway) ended in the fall of 1963. It is believed that this change occurred with the major suburban expansion making the last day of operation for the old 52A branch Friday August 30, 1963.

LAWRENCE

52

MARTIN GROVE
BAYVIEW

Monday to Friday, midday
Saturdays, daytime

LAWRENCE

52B

BAYVIEW
SUBWAY

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE

52C

MARTIN GROVE
SUBWAY

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE

52D

WESTON
SUBWAY

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE

52E

WESTON
BAYVIEW

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

September 16, 1963

Buses looping at Weston Road now run north on Weston Road and west and south on Little, providing a common eastbound stop at Weston Road for buses from Martin Grove and Weston Road short turn buses.

December 16, 1963

Peak period buses arriving at Eglinton station now pick-up and drop off at Bay #10.

September 7, 1965

Evening service is extended from Weston Road to Martin Grove, Mondays through Saturdays. The Weston Road branch continues as a short turn service during rush hours, weekday middays, Saturdays during the daytime, and as the main service through Sundays and holidays.

May 11, 1968

Buses rerouted to run both ways on the Westway between Royal York and Trehorne, eliminating service on Royal York and Trehorne. Also, concurrent with the extension of the BLOOR-DANFORTH SUBWAY to Islington and Warden, rollsigns are revised to show "EGLINTON STN" instead of just "SUBWAY".

LAWRENCE

52

MARTIN GROVE
BAYVIEW

Mondays to Saturdays, 18 hours a day
Except Mondays to Fridays, Rush hour

LAWRENCE

52B

BAYVIEW
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE

52C

MARTIN GROVE
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE

52D

WESTON
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE

52E

WESTON
BAYVIEW

Mondays to Fridays, midday
Weekend and holidays, daytime

April 27, 1969

In the east end, all service outside of rush hour is extended south on Bayview Avenue to Sunnybrook Hospital.

LAWRENCE

52B

BAYVIEW
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE

52C

MARTIN GROVE
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE

52D

WESTON
EGLINTON STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE

52F

WESTON
SUNNYBROOK

Mondays to Fridays, midday
Weekend and holidays, daytime

LAWRENCE

52G

MARTIN GROVE
SUNNYBROOK

Mondays to Saturdays, 18 hours a day
Except Mondays to Fridays, rush hours

February 8, 1971

Some buses may be operating from Queensway Garage on this day. The Pocket Timetable on this date shows some early morning trips beginning eastbound trips from Kipling.

January 21, 1973

The zone fare system within the boundaries of Metropolitan Toronto is eliminated on this day. The zone boundary at Bathurst is removed.

March 31, 1973

Concurrent with the extension of the YONGE SUBWAY to York Mills station, LAWRENCE bus service is split at Lawrence station. Peak period service on Yonge Street to Eglinton Station ends.

In addition, a new "Ranee" service is added, operating from Lawrence station via west on Lawrence and north on Varna, looping via north on Varna, west on Ranee and south and east on Flemingdon, returning south on Varna and east on Lawrence to Lawrence station. This new branch replaces part of the 14 CHAPLIN route.

The pocket timetable on this date now shows that route signs for service to Weston Road now include "RD" as part of the western destination.

LAWRENCE

52

MARTIN GROVE
LAWRENCE STN

Mondays to Saturdays, 18 hours a day

LAWRENCE

52A

WESTON RD.
LAWRENCE STN

Mondays to Saturdays, daytime
All day, Sundays and holidays

LAWRENCE

52B

R A N E E
LAWRENCE STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

LAWRENCE

52C

BAYVIEW
LAWRENCE STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

LAWRENCE

52D

SUNNYBROOK
LAWRENCE STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day
Except Mondays to Fridays, rush hours

August 15, 1973

Service east of Yonge Street is replaced by the revised 11 BAYVIEW and 28 DAVISVILLE routes.

February 9, 1976

A new rush hour service begins operation, from Lawrence station via west on Lawrence, north on Bathurst, west on Hotspur, west on Neptune, south on Ameer, east on Ranee, south on Bathurst, west on Covington, south on Brucewood and returning via east on Lawrence.

LAWRENCE

52

MARTIN GROVE
LAWRENCE STN

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

LAWRENCE

52A

WESTON RD.
LAWRENCE STN

Monday to Saturday, daytime
All day, Sundays and holidays

LAWRENCE

52B

R A N E E
LAWRENCE STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

LAWRENCE

52C

NEPTUNE
LAWRENCE STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

January 28, 1978

Concurrent with the opening of the SPADINA SUBWAY, service is revised to operate in both directions through the newly opened Lawrence West stations. Service on the 52B and 52C branches are replaced by the new [109 RANEE](/bus/routes/109-ranee.shtml) route. A new branch is introduced operating from Lawrence West station to Culford, replacing the southern portion of the old 59 MAPLE LEAF route, looping via south on Culford, east on Flamborough, south on Keele, west on Gulliver and north on Culford.

LAWRENCE

52

MARTIN GROVE
LAWRENCE STN

Monday to Saturday, 18 hours a day

LAWRENCE

52A

WESTON RD.
LAWRENCE STN

Monday to Saturday, daytime
All day, Sundays and holidays

LAWRENCE

52B

MARTIN GROVE
LAWRENCE WEST STN

Unscheduled short turns

LAWRENCE

52C

WESTON RD.
LAWRENCE WEST STN

Unscheduled short turns

LAWRENCE

52D

C U L F O R D
LAWRENCE WEST STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

April 14, 1980

The Weston Road looping is revised to operate via south on Weston Road, west on Bellevue, north on Hickory Tree and east on Lawrence.

September 5, 1982

Service from Eglinton garage ends and all buses operate out of Queensway Garage.

January 3, 1983

The midday short turn service to Weston Road is discontinued, with through service improved to Martin Grove. Weston Road service continues during rush hours, daytime on Saturdays, and providing the main service on Sundays and holidays.

February 12, 1983

Saturday short turn service to Weston Road is discontinued, with service improved to Martin Grove.

April 18, 1983

Afternoon peak period short turn service to Weston Road is discontinued, with all buses running through to Martin Grove.

January 5, 1987

"Culford" looping revised to provide a new service into the Sheffield industrial area and closer service to Northwestern Hospital and the Baker Health Clinic. 52D buses now loop via south on Benton, west on Colville, south on Sheffield, west on Ingram and Gulliver, north on Culford, and east on Lawrence. Buses reverse this looping after 3 p.m. Service is no longer provided on Flamborough between Culford and Keele.

September 8, 1987

Morning peak period short turn service to Weston Road is discontinued, with all buses running through to Martin Grove. Buses operate to Weston Road (the "52A" branch) only on Sundays and holidays.

November 22, 1987

Sunday service is extended from Weston Road to Martin Grove, effectively ending the 52A "Weston Road" branch.

LAWRENCE

52

MARTIN GROVE
LAWRENCE STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

LAWRENCE

52D

C U L F O R D
LAWRENCE WEST STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

November 17, 1988

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

February 6, 1989

Culford service is extended east from Lawrence West station to Lawrence Station.

LAWRENCE

52

MARTIN GROVE
LAWRENCE STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

LAWRENCE

52E

C U L F O R D
LAWRENCE STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

March 29, 1992

The bulk of the route's buses are transferred back to Queensway Garage, although buses serving the 52E "Culford" branch continue to operate out of Arrow Road Garage.

January 3, 1993

All buses now operate out of Wilson Garage

May 9, 1993

Concurrent with the discontinuation of the 314 DUFFERIN/BATHURST NIGHT service after 5:30 a.m. on Sundays, a new 52A branch begins operation from 5:30 until about 9 a.m., Sunday mornings, running from Yonge Street to Dufferin, looping in the west end via north and east on Apex and south on Dufferin.

LAWRENCE

52

MARTIN GROVE
LAWRENCE STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

LAWRENCE

52A

DUFFERIN
LAWRENCE STN

Early Sunday Mornings, until 9 a.m.

LAWRENCE

52E

C U L F O R D
LAWRENCE STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

February 12, 1994

Last day of operation under this route name.

52 LAWRENCE WEST

52-lawrence-west-map.png

February 13, 1994

Route renamed to eliminate confusion with 54 LAWRENCE EAST.

New peak period express service established between Martin Grove and Lawrence Station. Express buses serve all stops between Martin Grove and Jane, then run express in both directions to Lawrence station, stopping only at Keele, Caledonia, Dufferin, Lawrence West station, Bathurst and Avenue Road.

In conjunction with the new express service, the "Culford" branch is redesignated "52C".

LAWRENCE WEST

52

MARTIN GROVE
LAWRENCE STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

LAWRENCE WEST

52A

DUFFERIN
LAWRENCE STN

Early Sunday Mornings, until 9 a.m.

LAWRENCE WEST

52C

C U L F O R D
LAWRENCE STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday

LAWRENCE WEST

E X P R E S S

52E

MARTIN GROVE
LAWRENCE STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

September 5, 1995

The express service is discontinued.

October 6, 1996

Midday service on the 52C "Culford" branch is replaced by a new midday branch of the 59 MAPLE LEAF bus, operating from Lawrence station.

March 21, 1999

Operation of this route is split between Wilson and Queensway garages.

NOTE: By May 1999, Sunday service to Martin Grove begins at 7 a.m., and the remaining number of "52A-Dufferin" trips is very limited. The 52A branch vanishes completely in September 2005 with the introduction of the 352 LAWRENCE WEST NIGHT bus.

September 7, 2004

Rush hour service from Culford is cut back to Lawrence West station.

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

52

LAWRENCE WEST

 

52

LAWRENCE WEST

TO MARTIN GROVE

TO LAWRENCE STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

52C

LAWRENCE WEST

 

52C

LAWRENCE WEST

TO CULFORD

TO LAWRENCE WEST STN

Monday to Friday, rush hours only

November 23, 2008

All buses now operate exclusively out of the newly opened Mount Dennis Garage.

December 18, 2011

Service is rendered fully accessible with low floor buses equipped with bike racks. This route and 352 LAWRENCE WEST NIGHT were the last bus routes to be equipped with these modern features.

March 30, 2014

Effective on this day, service is reorganized to absorb the 58 MALTON bus route. The branches of the 58 MALTON bus are incorporated into 52 LAWRENCE WEST and extended from Lawrence West station to Lawrence station. Buses on the 52A branch operate from Lawrence station west via Lawrence, Scarlett Road and Dixon Road to loop through Pearson International Airport at intervals of 30 minutes or better, whenever the subway is open, 7 days a week. Service alternates with buses on the 52B branch, which follow the same route to the entrance to Pearson Airport, and then, after bypassing the airport, continues via Airport Road and Morningstar Drive to loop through Westwood Mall, Mondays to Fridays, throughout the operating day. On weekends and holidays, service alternates with the 52D branch, which also bypasses the airport, and then continues northwest on Airport Road to loop at McNaughton Drive, past Derry Road.

Service begins on a new branch, designated 52F, operating from Lawrence Station west via Lawrence to loop via Royal York Road, Dixon Road and Scarlett Road, on weekdays and Saturdays, during rush hours and midday. In addition, service to Martin Grove is redesigned 52G and is operated as a separate branch operating from Lawrence West station via west on Lawrence and the Westway to loop via north on Waterbury Drive and south on Martin Grove, operating at intervals of 30 minutes or better, whenever the subway is open, seven days a week.

Service on the 52C "Culford" branch is replaced by new service on the 59 MAPLE LEAF route.

WESTBOUND

 

EASTBOUND

 

 

 

52

LAWRENCE WEST

 

TO LAWRENCE STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

52A

LAWRENCE WEST

 

 

 

TO PEARSON AIRPORT

 

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

52B

LAWRENCE WEST

 

 

 

TO WESTWOOD MALL
VIA PEARSON AIRPORT
EXTRA FARE REQUIRED
WEST OF PEARSON AIRPORT

 

Monday to Friday, 18 hours a day

52D

LAWRENCE WEST

 

 

 

TO McNAUGHTON
VIA PEARSON AIRPORT
EXTRA FARE REQUIRED
WEST OF PEARSON AIRPORT

 

Weekends and holidays, 18 hours a day

52F

LAWRENCE WEST

 

 

 

TO ROYAL YORK

 

Monday to Friday, rush hours and midday
Weekend and holidays, daytime

52G

LAWRENCE WEST

 

52G

LAWRENCE WEST

TO MARTIN GROVE

TO LAWRENCE WEST STN

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

October 11, 2015

Service is increased during the late evenings on weekdays and during the mornings and evenings of weekends and holidays to ensure that service between Pearson Airport and Lawrence station (not including service on the Westway) operates at intervals of ten minutes or better whenever the subway is open.

February 13, 2017

The western looping of the 52F "Royal York" branch is altered. Buses now travel over the regular route to the Lawrence/Royal York intersection and loop via south on Royal York, west on Braecrest Avenue and east on the Westway to the Royal York/Lawrence intersection. A new stop will be added on Royal York Road just south of the Westway as the last service stop for westbound 52F buses. The first eastbound stop will be on the Westway at Royal York Road. Service is removed on Royal York Road, Dixon Road and Scarlett Road, but these are already served by other branches of the 52 LAWRENCE bus and by the [73 ROYAL YORK](/bus/routes/73-royal-york.shtml) bus.

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