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522 Exhibition West

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Type  Streetcar Route
Rolling stock  CLRV
Locale  Toronto, Ontario
522 Exhibition West
Termini  Dufferin Gates (East) Dundas West (West)
Stations  Dundas West Dufferin Loop
Operator(s)  Toronto Transit Commission

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

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History

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

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.

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.

References

522 Exhibition West Wikipedia


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