Wednesday, March 06, 2024

Forlorn Toronto Gray Coach Terminal

The terminal closed in 2021 after the final buses moved to Union Station and the depressed Art Deco building sits near Bay and Dundas waiting for something different. I liked the bus stations colourful platform number signage and decided to look into the fascinating history of the structure and its associated transportation companies.
Luckily the internets has plenty of information on just about anything and Wikipedia and the City of Toronto's own website tell the tale of the empty terminal. I have mostly known of the terminal as a Greyhound bus terminal, a private company. It was a Toronto TTC company before that when the City took over some competition in the bus business way back in 1927 and built the Gray Coach Terminal in 1931 (which also was used by other lines).
Looking into the bus platform terminals
From the City's website, "Consequently, in 1927, the TTC incorporated a subsidiary business called Gray Coach Lines, Ltd. to provide interurban motor coach services and sightseeing operations. Routes covered much of central Ontario, and included Buffalo, where passengers could transfer to other US destinations. Gray Coach Lines also operated several extra-fare special motor coach services in Toronto and motor launch sightseeing tours of the lagoons at Toronto Island."
The view from Bay Street
Public notices on the doors

TTC funding issues and the introduction of GO Transit which duplicated many of the GTA routes contributed to the sale of Gray Coach Lines in 1990. The other companies operated the terminal, leased from the City, until operations ended in 2021 and the building was locked up and the bus platforms fenced off.

Toronto has big plans for the site and will reuse parts of the heritage listed building which will make the building happy again.

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