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TTC ends Dundas East bus service

Sunday, July 15 will be the last day that the TTC will operate a bus service to replace streetcars along Dundas Street East between Parliament and River Streets.

At its meeting on Wednesday, July 11, the Toronto Transit Commission agreed to cancel the service which has operated since May. The buses filled a service gap along Dundas, while the City of Toronto and the TTC reconstruct the tracks.

The TTC formally counted ridership on the route twice to confirm operator observations that ridership on the temporary bus service has been very low. Customers made approximately 80 trips on the route each day. The average ridership is two customers per bus-trip, and the highest recorded ridership on any one trip was ten passengers. Approximately one-third of the trips operated with no customers on board.

Since removing streetcars from this section of Dundas Street East, the TTC has also increased the frequency of nearby north-south routes — 65 Parliament and 75 Sherbourne — to help Dundas East passengers reach their destinations.

Cancelling the bus service will save the TTC approximately $245,000 and free up one bus and operator for other services.