Finch GO Bus Terminal

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Finch GO Bus Terminal is wheelchair accessible.
Finch Station
Finch GO Bus Terminal
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Address 5697 Yonge Street
Local Routes 2, 5, 23, 77, 77A, 88, 91, 91A, 91E, 98E, 99, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 760, GO 19, 27, 32, 34, 67, 96, TTC
Style Terminal
Opening Date 1974
Next Station Steeles (North)


---This page is about the GO/YRT Bus Terminal at Finch. For the TTC Subway Station, see Finch Station.

Finch GO Bus Terminal (formerly York Region Terminal) is a transit terminal located in Toronto, ON. It is located at Yonge St. and Bishop Ave., one block north of Finch Ave. It has a direct connection to Finch Subway Station on the Yonge Subway, which is the main reason the terminal was built on this location.

The terminal includes a small terminal building, consisting mainly of a newsstand, washroom and an elevator and stairs to the subway. The terminal area consists of a long platform to the north and east of the building with 7 bays, and an island in the centre of the terminal with 8 more bays. The centre island has 3 larger shelters and plenty of open air waiting room. A large layover/staging area is available for approximately 10 buses in the east part of the terminal area.

Commuter parking lots and a passenger pick up/drop off are available on TTC property, but are connected through non-fare paid tunnels to Finch GO Bus Terminal. 2 automatic ticket machines for YRT/Viva are across from bay 2, which Viva occupies.

At approximately 18,200 passengers on an average weekday, Finch GO Bus Terminal is the busiest transit passenger loading location in the YRT/Viva network according to the 2013 Transportation Fact Book. This is an increase from approximately 16,600 weekday passengers from the 2011 Transportation Fact Book. It is also the oldest connection for York Region buses to the subway, with the only other connections opening in 2002 and 2005 for Don Mills and Sheppard West Stations respectively.

History

York Region Terminal opened just north of the TTC's Finch Station bus terminal when the subway was extended to Finch in 1974. Even though the TTC terminal was originally outside the fare-paid area (soon to be abolished), GO buses had to use the seperate facility, connected to the TTC area through a long tunnel which also connected the parking lots and passenger pick up/drop off.

York Region Terminal was not located in York Region, rather 2 km south of the Steeles border. However, it was referred to as such since the GO Newmarket 'B', Yonge 'C' and Bayview buses used it as its main terminus. 2 of the 3 Southern York Region transit systems, Markham Transit and Vaughan Transit, had routes running into the terminal as well, namely Markham routes 1, 2, and the Business, Markham and Unionville express buses, and Vaughan routes 5 and 77 (shared with Brampton Transit).

With the creation of YRT in 2001, YRT quickly took over most of the terminal, especially in 2003 when the Yonge 'C' and Bayview services were transfered to YRT from GO. Most buses running between Bayview and Bathurst and south of Highway 7 were routed south (usually via Yonge St.) into the terminal, quickly making it the largest, busiest and most important terminal belonging to YRT, with thousands of York Region residents using it daily to access the subway.

So many buses use the approach down Yonge St. that the peak frequency between Steeles and Finch was comparable only to Eglinton Ave. E when the original Yonge Subway opened. TTC express buses on 53E,F and 60E often use Willowdale or even Bayview to access Finch Station. Dedicated bus lanes are being planned to help buses make it through the daily gridlock in this section.

An elevator opened in the terminal building in 2006, finally making the YRT/GO terminal accessible to wheelchair and disabled passengers, almost a full decade after the subway platform and TTC terminals had elevators installed.

In October 2008, asphalt paving of the bus turnaround loop, upgrade works to the island, north and south bus platforms, repair of concrete curbs, installation of three new shelters, installation of new light standards, and installation of closed circuit television cameras caused some YRT routes to load and unload in different bays. To minimize delays, most of the asphalt work was done on weekends. Most importantly, a new bay was added (Platform 13A), which is now the new drop off bay. With the new bay, the 5 Clark buses will not be delayed as much by another bus not on the route taking over the bay for drop off purposes.

In May 2009, the construction work was done and platforms were renumbered, also new Terminal signage was installed with next bus times and the Shelters were also upgraded.

September 2012 saw a complete reorganization of bus bay platforms for YRT and GO Transit, mostly to improve efficiency on certain routes exiting the terminal. One GO Transit route was moved to the island platform, as it would proceed north on Yonge St. after leaving the terminal, hence loading on the island would eliminate the need to use Bishop Ave.

Finch may lose much of its glamour soon: as part of the MoveOntario 2020 plan, the Yonge Subway will be extended north past Finch and to Richmond Hill Centre at Highway 7. There is a strong possibility of a new terminal being built at Steeles, closer to York Region riders, and this may result in the permanent closure of Finch's YRT/GO terminal. For now, however, it will continue to carry out its current duty.

Routes

Note that there is no Bay 7.

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Properties
Divisions BRT (TOK Transit) - North (TOK Transit) - Southeast (Miller) - Southwest (Transdev)
Terminals Bernard - Canada's Wonderland - Cornell - Finch - Highway 407 Station - Markham-Stouffville Hospital - Newmarket - Pioneer Village - Promenade - Richmond Hill Centre - SmartVMC - Vaughan Mills - York University
Hubs 404 Town Centre - Don Mills Station - Humber College - Islington Loop - Markville Mall - Seneca College King Campus - Sheppard West Station
Park & Rides Davis Dr. & Hwy 404 - Major Mackenzie Dr. & Hwy 400 - Wellington St. & Hwy 404
Bus Stops 1000-1999, 2000-2999, 3000-3999, 4000-4999, 5000-5999, 6000-6999, 7000-7999, 8000-9999 - Family Of Services
Routes
Regular 1 2 3 4/4A 5 7 8 9 12 13 14 16 18 20 22 23 24 25 26 32 33/33A 40 41 42 44 45 50 51 52 54 55 56 57/57A 77 80 81 82 83/83A 85 86 87 88 90/90B 91/91A/91B/91E 96 98/98E 99 105 107/107B 165/165F 522 760
TTC-operated 17A 68B 102D 129A 160
Express 300 301 302 303 304 305
On-Request Aurora GO - Aurora-Oak Ridges - Bristol - Bur Oak - Gorham-Eagle - Holland Landing - Keswick - King City GO - King Local - Markham Local - Newmarket - North - Richmond Hill - Stouffville - Sutton-Pefferlaw - Unionville Local - Velore Local - Woodbridge
School Specials 401 402 405 406 410 411 412 413 415 417 418 420 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 432 440 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 452 460 461 462 464 465 466
Viva Blue/Blue A - Purple - Pink - Orange - Green - Yellow - Silver
Discontinued 2A 6 9 10 11 15 18 21 24D 25D 27 28 31 33 34 35D 37D 53 58 59 66 69 80 81 84 87 88E 107F 200 201 202 203 203 204 210 215 220 220/221 222 222 223/223A 224B 224C/224D 225 240 241 243 242 244 260 318/319 320 340 360 400 401 402 404 405 408 409 410 414 416 421 422 440 441 442 443 451 463 466 560 561 800 - Blue Willow Community - Business Shuttle - Mapleglen - Markham Fair
Greater Golden Horseshoe Agencies
Barrie
Bradford West Gwillumbury
Brampton
Burlington
Caledon
Cobourg
Durham Region
Fort Erie
GO Transit
Grand River
Guelph
Hamilton
Lincoln
Metrolinx
Milton
Mississauga
Niagara Falls
Niagara-on-the-Lake
Niagara Region
Oakville
Orangeville
Pelham
Peterborough
Port Hope
Simcoe County
St. Catharines
Thorold
Toronto
Welland
York Region


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Routes & Stations
Viva Blue Newmarket GO Bus Terminal - Yonge/Davis - Eagle - Mulock - Savage - Orchard Heights - Wellington - Golf Links - Henderson - Bloomington - Regatta - King - Jefferson - 19th-Gamble - Bernard Terminal - Bernard - Elgin Mills - Crosby - Major Mackenzie - Weldrick - 16th-Carrville - Bantry-Scott - Richmond Hill Centre Terminal - Royal Orchard - Centre - Clark - Steeles - Finch GO Bus Terminal
Viva Purple Richmond Hill Centre Terminal - Bayview - Chalmers - Valleymede - West Beaver Creek - Leslie - East Beaver Creek - Allstate Parkway - Woodbine - Montgomery - Town Centre - Cedarland - Warden/Enterprise - Post - Rivis - Warden - Village Parkway - Sciberras - Main Street Unionville - Kennedy - Bullock - McCowan - Galsworthy - Main Street Markham - Wootten Way - Markham-Stouffville Hospital - Cornell
Viva Pink Unionville GO Station - Rivis - Post - Warden/Enterprise - Cedarland - Town Centre - Montgomery - Woodbine - Allstate Parkway - East Beaver Creek - Leslie - West Beaver Creek - Valleymede - Chalmers - Bayview - Richmond Hill Centre Terminal - Royal Orchard - Centre - Clark - Steeles - Finch GO Bus Terminal
Viva Orange Martin Grove - Kipling - Islington - Wigwoss-Helen - Pine Valley - Ansley Grove - Weston - Commerce - Vaughan Metropolitan Centre - Creditstone - Keele - Dufferin - Taiga - Disera-Promenade - Atkinson - Bathurst/Highway 7 - Richmond Hill Centre Terminal
Viva Green McCowan - Bullock - Kennedy - Rivis - Post - Warden - 14th - Denison - Esna-Steeles - McNicoll - Seneca Hill - Don Mills Station
Viva Yellow Newmarket GO Bus Terminal - Longford - Main - Southlake Hospital - Huron Heights - Leslie - Highway 404