Toronto Transit Commission route 953 'Steeles East Express'

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Toronto Transit Commission route 953 'Steeles East Express' is wheelchair accessible.
Toronto Transit Commission route 953 'Steeles East Express' is a bike rack route.
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953 Steeles East Express
Number of Branches 2
Distance 21.60km (Finch Station - Staines)
17.51km (Finch Station - Markham Rd)
Blue Night 353 Steeles SmallAccessible.gif
Types of vehicles used Nova Bus LFS Artic SmallAccessible.gif, Nova Bus LFS SmallAccessible.gif, New Flyer XDE60 SmallAccessible.gif
Division McNicoll
Ridership (2018) N/A

953 Steeles East Express SmallAccessible.gif is a bus route operated by the Toronto Transit Commission in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This route is part of the Express Network.

Route Details

The current routing of route 953.

This route provides service on Steeles Avenue East between Yonge Street and Staines Road, and the Morningside Heights neighbourhood. It also provides service to the Amazon Fulfillment Centre on Morningside Avenue. This route operates express between Finch Station and McCowan Road making limited express stops at major intersections only. All stops are served east of McCowan Road. There is one western terminal, which is Finch Station. Eastern terminals include Staines Road (Morningside Heights) for 953A, and Markham Road for 953B. This route operates during the weekday peak period only.

During the afternoon peak period, all westbound service operates via south on Bayview Avenue and west on Finch Avenue East to Finch Station. Buses use the Steeles/Bayview loop to turn south on Bayview Avenue.

Branches

This route has 2 branches:

History

  • February 6, 1989 - Route introduced as the express branch of the 53 Steeles East, known as the 53C Steeles East Express operating between Finch station and McCowan with stops at Don Mills and Bayview.
  • June 24, 1990 - 53C extended to operate east towards Middlefield.
  • February 13, 1994 - Route renumbered to 53E Steeles East Express, due to a system-wide reorganization to use the letter ‘E’ to designate Express services. Route begins articulated bus service.
  • April 18, 1994 - Westbound buses rerouted to operate via Steeles to Bayview, then clockwise through the off-street loop on the northwest corner, then south on Bayview and west on Finch to Finch station during afternoon peak only.
  • July 28, 1996 - Route made accessible SmallAccessible.gif.
  • September 3, 2000 - Articulated buses withdrawn.
  • June 25, 2007 - 53F Steeles East Express peak trips to Staines introduced.
  • January 2, 2011 - Branch 53F extended to Morningside Heights.
  • April 17, 2014 - Articulated bus service restored.
  • January 7, 2019 - With the implementation of the TTC's express network, express branches 53E/F are given their own route number and name and is now designated 953 Steeles East Express.
  • March 23, 2020 - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the re-allocation of service to busier routes, service is suspended until further notice.
  • January 3, 2021 - With the increase in ridership, full weekday peak-period service is restored to pre-pandemic levels.
  • March 28, 2021 - This route was transferred to the brand new McNicoll Division.
  • October 10, 2021 - As part of the Annual Service Plan 2021, new off-peak service during the weekday midday and early evening, and during the daytime on weekends and Holidays is introduced replacing local service on branch 53A Steeles East. All off-peak westbound service will operate via Steeles Avenue East and Yonge Street to Finch Station.
  • November 21, 2021 - New express stop added in both directions at Leslie Street. Due to a shortage of operators, all off-peak service is temporarily suspended until further notice.
  • September 4, 2022 - The routing of the eastern terminus of branch 953B is adjusted to operate via Tapscott Avenue, Passmore Avenue, and Morningside Avenue to better serve the employment area. Service on Markham Road and Select Avenue is discontinued.
  • March 26, 2023 - The routing of branch 953A is modified to operate via the Amazon Scarborough Facility in both directions to replace the routing of branch 953B. As a result, branch 953B is suspended and all service will operate on branch 953A.

Overnight Service

Overnight service is provided by route 353 Steeles SmallAccessible.gif on Steeles Avenue East and Staines Road. The rest of the route does not have overnight service.

Vehicles

Buses that can appear on 953 Steeles East Express include the Nova Bus LFS Artic SmallAccessible.gif, Nova Bus LFS SmallAccessible.gif, and New Flyer XDE60 SmallAccessible.gif.

Previous route maps

March 2023
September 2022
May 2021
February 2019
January 2019

Summary

Major Stops

Major Stop Branches Connections Notes
Express
Finch Station Line 1 953A 953B Finch GO Bus Terminal GO Transit York Region Transit
Yonge St. @ Steeles Ave. East 953A 953B GO Transit York Region Transit
Steeles Ave. East @ Bayview Ave. 953A 953B York Region Transit
Steeles Ave. East @ Leslie St. 953A 953B
Steeles Ave. East @ Don Mills Rd. 953A 953B York Region Transit
Steeles Ave. East @ Woodbine Ave. 953A 953B
Steeles Ave. East @ Victoria Park Ave. 953A 953B York Region Transit
Steeles Ave. East @ Pharmacy Ave. 953A 953B York Region Transit
Steeles Ave. East @ Warden Ave. 953A 953B
Steeles Ave. East @ Birchmount Rd. 953A 953B
Steeles Ave. East @ Kennedy Rd. 953A 953B York Region Transit
Milliken GO Station 953A 953B GO Transit
Steeles Ave. East @ Midland Ave. 953A 953B
Steeles Ave. East @ Brimley Rd. 953A 953B
Steeles Ave. East @ McCowan Rd. 953A 953B
Local
Steeles Ave. East @ Middlefield Rd. 953A 953B
Steeles Ave. East @ Markham Rd. 953A 953B York Region Transit
Steeles Ave. East @ Tapscott Rd. 953A 953B
Morningside Ave. @ Amazon Main Entry 953A 953B
Steeles Ave. East @ Staines Rd. 953A
Staines Rd. @ Morningside Ave. 953A
Seasons Dr. @ Staines Rd. 953A

Service Summary

Toronto Transit Commission Logo.png Frequency Vehicles Used Notes
Weekday AM Peak 11 12 953A branch only.
Weekday Midday Route does not operate.
Weekday PM Peak 12 13 953A branch only.
Weekday Early Evening Route does not operate.
Weekday Late Evening
Saturday Early Morning
Saturday Morning
Saturday Afternoon
Saturday Early Evening
Saturday Late Evening
Sunday Early Morning
Sunday Morning
Sunday Afternoon
Sunday Early Evening
Sunday Late Evening
Last updated: September 3, 2023


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Miscellaneous
Vehicles Buses - Community Buses - Wheel-Trans - Streetcars - Subway - Rail Workcars - Support Vehicles
Current Divisions Arrow Rd - Birchmount - Davisville - Eglinton - Greenwood - Hillcrest - Lakeshore - Leslie Barns - Malvern - McNicoll - Mount Dennis - Queensway - Roncesvalles - Russell - Wilson
Former Divisions McCowan - Danforth - (Old) Eglinton - Lansdowne - St. Clair (Wychwood) - Vincent (Keele)
Current Projects RapidTO - Easier Access
Former Projects Network 2011 - OneCity - Transit City (Bus Plan - Light Rail Plan)
Bus Stops 1-999, 1000-1999, 2000-2999, 3000-3999, 4000-4999, 5000-5999, 6000-6999, 7000-7999, 8000-8999, 9000-9999, 10000-10999, 11000-11999, 12000-12999, 13000-13999, 14000-14999, 15000-15999, 16000-16999
Current Routes
Rapid Transit 1 (Yonge-University) - 2 (Bloor-Danforth) - 3 (Ontario Line) - 4 (Sheppard) - 5 (Eglinton Crosstown) - 6 (Finch West)
Bus 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 160 161 162 165 167 168 169 171 176 184 189
Downtown Express 141 142 143 144 145
Seasonal 200 201 202 203
Blue Night 300 301 302 304 306 307 310 312 315 320 322 324 325 329 332 334 335 336 337 339 340 341 343 352 353 354 363 365 384 385 395 396
Community Bus 400 402 403 404 405
Streetcar 501 503 504 505 506 507 508 509 510 511 512
Express Network 900 902 903 905 924 925 927 929 935 937 938 939 941 943 944 945 952 953 954 960 968 984 985 986 989 995 996
Former Routes
Rapid Transit 3 (Scarborough)
Bus 1 2 3 4 5 6 13 13 13 14 19 24 27 28 30 38 40 42 58 59 93 102 106 107 107 108 117 117 118 121 121 121 123 124 134 136 137 139 139 140 144 163 163 164 166 171 172 172 175 197 224 268 406 408
Rocket 185 186 188 190 191 192 193 194 194 195 196 198 199
Seasonal 174
Blue Night 302 303 305 307 308 309 310 311 313 315 316 317 319 321 383
Community 401 406 407 409 425
Streetcar 502 513 514 521 522
Express 913
Current Stations
Yonge-University Vaughan Metropolitan Centre - Highway 407 - Pioneer Village - York University - Finch West - Downsview Park - Sheppard West - Wilson - Yorkdale - Lawrence West - Glencairn - Eglinton West - St. Clair West - Dupont - Spadina - St. George - Museum - Queen's Park - St. Patrick - Osgoode - St. Andrew - Union - King - Queen - Dundas - College - Wellesley - Bloor-Yonge - Rosedale - Summerhill - St. Clair - Davisville - Eglinton - Lawrence - York Mills - Sheppard-Yonge - North York Centre - Finch
Bloor-Danforth Kipling - Islington - Royal York - Old Mill - Jane - Runnymede - High Park - Keele - Dundas West - Lansdowne - Dufferin - Ossington - Christie - Bathurst - Spadina - St. George - Bay - Bloor-Yonge - Sherbourne - Castle Frank - Broadview - Chester - Pape - Donlands - Greenwood - Coxwell - Woodbine - Main Street - Victoria Park - Warden - Kennedy
Sheppard Sheppard-Yonge - Bayview - Bessarion - Leslie - Don Mills
Bus Scarborough Centre
Former Stations
Rapid Transit Lower Bay - Lawrence East - Ellesmere - Midland - McCowan
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Brampton
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Burlington
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