Dufferin Gate Loop

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Dufferin Gate Loop
Dufferin Loop station at night.jpg
Location Dufferin Street
Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates 43°38′04″N 79°25′33″W / 43.63444°N 79.42583°W / 43.63444; -79.42583Coordinates: 43°38′04″N 79°25′33″W / 43.63444°N 79.42583°W / 43.63444; -79.42583
Owned by Toronto Transit Commission
Connections BSicon BUS1.svg TTC buses
Opened 1922

Dufferin Gate Loop[1] is a Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) bus station and turning loop for streetcars near the southern end of Dufferin Street in Toronto. During the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) this becomes a primary access point for visitors entering Exhibition Place via the Dufferin Gates.[2] This west entrance to the CNE can be reached by the Dufferin Street bridges across the Lakeshore West railway corridor and Gardiner Expressway.

Southbound streetcars on Dufferin Street run anticlockwise through the loop; west on Springhurst Avenue; south on Fort Rouille Street; enter the station eastbound; and exit back onto Dufferin Street northbound. Buses on layover park at the west end of the station, south of the tracks.


The loop was constructed in 1922 by the newly created Toronto Transportation Commission, which had taken over and amalgamated existing ageing streetcar systems within the city limits.[3] The original wood frame structure has been rebuilt and renovated. The most recent renewal of the streetcar tracks was in 2013.[4]

It was proposed that a new loop be built at Dufferin on an extension of the Harbourfront LRT from Exhibition Loop, as part of the Waterfront West Light Rail Transit project,[5] which was cancelled in 2013.[6]


To process the large number of people at the time of the CNE the loading platform is operated as a fare-paid area and the ticket booths, turnstiles and control tower come into use, allowing passengers to board streetcars and buses by any door.

29 Dufferin and 193 Exhibition Rocket buses northbound

29 Dufferin from Wilson station via Dufferin station is the only regular TTC bus route,[7] which has additional frequent service terminating here during the CNE.

The loop is used to short turn streetcar service on the 504 King and 501 Queen routes. Formerly it was the terminus of the seasonal 522 Exhibition West streetcar which operated during the CNE from Dundas West station via Roncesvalles Avenue, King Street and Dufferin Street,[8] which has been replaced by the 193 Exhibition Rocket nonstop express bus.[9]


  1. ^ "TTC schedule for Route 29, DUFFERIN GATE LOOP". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved August 2014. 
  2. ^ "CNE / Getting Here / Public Transit / TTC". Canadian National Exhibition. Retrieved August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Looking Back". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved August 2014. In 1920, a Provincial Act created the Toronto Transportation Commission (TTC) and, in 1921, the Commission took over and amalgamated nine existing fare systems within the city limits. 
  4. ^ Robert Mackenzie (April 14, 2013). "TTC repairs tracks in Dufferin Gate Loop". Transit Toronto. Retrieved August 2014. The TTC is upgrading the streetcar tracks in Dufferin Gate Loop, just north of Exhibition Place. 
  5. ^ "WATERFRONT WEST STREETCARS EXTENSION, CNE TO DUFFERIN – EA MODIFICATION" (PDF). TTC Report. City of Toronto. May 21, 2008. Retrieved August 2014. An extension to the Harbourfront LRT line from Spadina Avenue via Queens Quay, Lake Shore, Ontario Place and Dufferin Street to a new loop on the east side of Dufferin Street north of the CN Rail corridor 
  6. ^ Tamara Shephard (Jan 10, 2013). "Residents share wishlist for Toronto budget". Etobicoke Guardian. Retrieved August 2014. An LRT planned for 2015 to run along Lake Shore Boulevard West has now been shelved by city officials, along with other planned LRT routes. 
  7. ^ "TTC description of 29 Dufferin". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved August 2014. The 29 Dufferin bus route operates between Wilson Station on Line 1 Yonge-University-Spadina and Exhibition Place, generally in a north-south direction. It also serves Dufferin Station on Line 2 Bloor-Danforth. 
  8. ^ James Bow. "Streetcars to the Exhibition (Routes 521, 522 and More)". Transit Toronto. Retrieved August 2014. 
  9. ^ "TTC description of 193 Exhibition Rocket". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved August 2014. The 193 Exhibition Rocket bus route operates between Dundas West Station on the Bloor-Danforth Subway and the Dufferin Gates (West Entrance) of Exhibition Place 

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