Effective Sept. 4, 2023, Routes 2 and 73 will be discontinued. The discontinuation of Routes 2 and 73 matches current customer demand and allows GRT to direct resources to grow other parts of the network. Details of the review of Routes 2 and 73 is available here. Removing Routes 2 and 73 will provide more than $400,000 in 2023 and more than $1.2 million in 2024 to be used to enhance the wider transit network.

Route 2 ridership

  • Route 2 Stirling has the lowest number of boardings per hour compared to any other local route (8.4 boardings per hour vs. 33 on average across all local bus routes)
  • Ridership recovered much lower compared to the rest of GRT network. 70% of pre-pandemic ridership during Fall 2022 vs. 95% network wide
  • Ridership is mostly during weekday morning and afternoon peak periods, mostly serving high school students travelling to and from Forest Heights, Cameron Heights and Eastwood Collegiate Institute. 

Route 2 alternative transit service

  • Alternative transit service is provided by Routes 201, 205, 1, 3, 12 and 16.
  • The new Route 35 Greenbrook will provide service along Stirling Avenue and Greenbrook Drive, connecting Central Station and Sunrise Centre Station.
  • Route 35 will operate Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • View the Route 35 schedule

Map of Route 35 Greenbrook

  • Riders along Ottawa St N traveling between Stanley Park Mall and Borden Station can take Route 205. Route 205 has service every 15-30 minutes.

Map of Route 2 transit alternatives along Ottawa St. N

  • Riders in the Westheights/Driftwood area can take Route 1 or Route 204.
  • A new pair of Route 204 stops has been added at Highland/Path to Newbury Drive. The new stops will serve customers along Rolling Meadows Drive.

Map of Route 2 transit alternatives near Westheights/Driftwood