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New Diversions Begin This Week

The TTC has announced two significant diversions as a result of road and sewer work in the city. The first affects all buses travelling on Royal York Road between Mimico Creek and Bloor Street. Due to watermain work starting Monday, all northbound buses on routes 76 Royal York South and 15 Evans will divert via Thompson Avenue and Bloor Street to Royal York station. Southbound buses remain unaffected. Details of the Royal York South diversion can be found here while the Evans diversion can be found here. These diversions are expected to continue until December.

Starting Wednesday, 42 Cummer buses will divert in both directions via Pharmacy, Finch and Warden, again due to watermain construction. The project is expected to continue through to next summer, although the first phase is set to end this December, and the route should return to normal then. Details can be found here.

Student/Senior Passes are Transferrable Too!

A reader forwards a correction on our earlier post regarding the transferrable Metropass. In our earlier report, we said that student and senior Metropasses remained non-transferrable. We were incorrect. Although the TTC requires photo ID to prove one’s age, students and seniors can hand their metropasses off to their friends just like the adult Metropass.

(Update: September 16, 2005): Another reader writes to note that, since seniors and students share essentially the same Metropass, it is also possible for grandparents and grandchildren to transfer passes between each other after use, so long as a valid photo ID is shown to a TTC collector.

Ridership Gains Spares GO From Fuel Surcharge

Earlier this summer, GO Transit worried that spiking fuel prices could require the agency to charge a $0.15 fuel surcharge on its ticket prices. Now, ridership figures from July suggest that the move may not be necessary. Kevin McGran of the Star reports that although fuel costs were $1.3 million over budget in July, this was more than made up for by an unexpected $1.6 million in passenger revenues. GO officials believe that the rising cost of fuel spurred an increase in longer-distance ridership as more commuters left their cars at home and took public transit.

It remains to be seen whether GO’s ridership increase can make up for the substantial fuel cost spikes in August and September, but officials are now more optimistic.

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