522 Exhibition West

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522 Exhibition West
Dufferin Loop, Parkdale, Toronto.JPG
Dufferin Loop during the 2013 CNE
Overview
Type Streetcar Route
Locale Toronto, Ontario
Termini Dufferin Gates (East)
Dundas West (West)
Stations TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Dundas West
BSicon CLRV.svg Dufferin Loop
Operation
Operator(s) Toronto Transit Commission
Rolling stock CLRV
Technical
Track gauge 4 ft 10 78 in (1,495 mm) - TTC Gauge
Electrification 600 VDC Overhead

522 Exhibition West was a streetcar route in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, operated by the Toronto Transit Commission from the 1960s to 1986.[1]

History[edit]

The TTC ran a seasonal streetcar service named the 522 Dundas Exhibition, to serve the Canadian National Exhibition. In 1980, this route was officially renamed "Exhibition West," from the former name "Dundas Exhibition." This streetcar route operated on special occasions and events that took place at Exhibition Place, such as the Canadian National Exhibition, and the Molson Indy.

522 operated from Dundas West Station, running south on Roncesvalles, east on King Street, south on Dufferin Street, and south towards the Dufferin Gates at Exhibition Place.

The 522 route began service when the TTC opened the Bloor-Danforth subway line in 1966. The TTC discontinued the route in 1986 and replaced it with the 93 Exhibition West route, but reinstated it for one year in 1995, due to the large number of buses required to shuttle passengers on the Spadina Line, because of the Russell Hill accident on August 11, 1995.

A similar event-only route, the 521 King Exhibition (now known as the 521 Exhibition East) also only served the CNE during special events.

Resurrection[edit]

Unlike the counterpart of this route (521 Exhibition East), 522 was reinstated in 1988, not as a streetcar route, but as 93 Exhibition West, which was also a seasonal service that ran only during the CNE and other special occasions. The 93 was later renamed the 193 Exhibition Rocket on November 23, 2002 as a TTC marketing strategy to replace regular fare express services as "Rocket" routes. [2]

The 193 buses operate from Dundas West Station, then southeast on Dundas Street West, then south on Dufferin Street to Springhurst Avenue. This route operates as a seasonal express service.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ James Bow (2013-08-13). "Streetcars to the Exhibition (Routes 521, 522 and More)". Transit Toronto. Retrieved 2013-10-30. It began its route at Dundas West Station, running south on Roncesvalles, east on King and south on Dufferin to the Exhibition West (Dufferin) loop near the Dufferin Gates. Like its 521 cousin, it operated only during the times the CNE was commanding huge crowds. The last 522 car on Labour Day, 1986, before being replaced by the 93 Exhibition West bus. It was reinstated for one year only during the 1995 Exhibition season. 
  2. ^ Kay, Jeffery. "93 EXHIBITION WEST EXPRESS (1988-2002)". Transit Toronto. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "193 Exhibition Rocket: Route Description". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 16 June 2014.