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TTC decreasing rush-hour service on 52 routes,
starting January 9



The TTC is decreasing rush-hour service along 52 bus routes in January to help meet the City of Toronto’s objective to cut the budgets of its agencies, boards, commissions and departments by ten percent. The TTC starts operating less frequent rush-hour service Monday, January 9.

The plan to reduce service flows from the 2012 operating budget, which the Toronto Transit Commission recently approved. With these changes, the TTC can balance its budget with less money from the City, without cutting routes or hours of service.

To meet this goal, the TTC is reverting to the “loading standards” it used for buses and streetcars before 2004. This means, for example, that it will adjust the service capacity for buses from an average of 48 to 53 passengers during the busiest hour on that route.

Since the TTC estimates that it will attract about 503 million riders next year, it will have enough buses and streetcars on the road to meet next year’s ridership demand if it uses the loading standard from before 2004. This will save the TTC $15 million next year. Ironically, the cuts come just as the TTC ends a record-breaking year: more people traveled by TTC than in any other year in its history.

Starting in January, the TTC is decreasing the frequency of rush-hour service along 52 bus routes. It’s also decreasing the frequency of service along 36 routes at other times of the week. That means that, generally, passengers will have to wait longer for buses and streetcars and ride more crowded vehicles.

The TTC is also increasing some service along 21 bus and streetcar routes in January.


Decreasing rush-hour services, starting Monday, January 9

The TTC is decreasing the frequency of service along these routes Mondays to Fridays during rush hours: 6 Bay; 7 Bathurst; 9 Bellamy; 10 Van Horne; 11 Bayview; 16 McCowan; 17 Birchmount; 21 Brimley; 22 Coxwell; 23 Dawes; 24 Victoria Park; 25 Don Mills; 26 Dupont; 28 Davisville; 29 Dufferin; 30 Lambton; 31 Greenwood; 32 Eglinton West; 34 Eglinton East; 35 Jane; 37 Islinton; 39 Finch East; 41 **Keele; 42 Cummer; 45 Kipling; 46 Martin Grove; 53 Steeles East; 54 Lawrence East; 60 Steeles West; 66 Prince Edward; 67 Pharmacy; 68 Warden; 69 Warden South; 79 Scarlett Rd; 81 Thorncliffe Park; 85 Sheppard East; 89 Weston; 95 York Mills; 96 Wilson; 102 Markham Rd; 110 Islington South; 112 West Mall; 116 Morningside; 117 Alness; 123 Shorncliffe; 131 Nugget; 133 Neilson; 134 Progress; 139 Finch - Don Mills; 191 Highway 27 rocket; 192 Airport rocket; 506 Carlton;

Decreasing services at other times of the week, starting Sunday, January 8

The TTC is decreasing the frequency of service along these routes Mondays to Fridays from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m. or any time Saturdays; Sundays and holidays: 7 Bathurst; 24 Victoria Park; 25 Don Mills; 29 Dufferin; 32 Eglinton West; 34 Eglinton East; 35 Jane; 36 Finch West; 37 Islington; 39 Finch East; 41 Keele; 44 Kipling South; 45 Kipling; 52 Lawrence West; 53 Steeles East; 54 Lawrence East; 58 Malton; 60 Steeles West; 63 Ossington; 68 Warden; 79 Scarlett Rd; 84 Sheppard West; 85 Sheppard East; 89 Weston; 95 York Mills; 96 Wilson; 102 Markham Rd; 129 McCowan North; 165 Weston Rd North; 199 Finch rocket; 501 Queen; 504 King; 505 Dundas; 506 Carlton; 510 Spadina; 512 St. Clair.

Increasing service at all times of the week, starting Sunday, January 8

The TTC is increasing the service along these routes at various times of the week; including rush hours: 17 Birchmount; 23 Dawes; 25 Don Mills; 40 Junction; 41 Keele; 42 Cummer; 54 Lawrence East; 60 Steeles West; 79 Scarlett Rd; 86 Scarborough; 87 Cosburn; 111 East Mall; 116 Morningside; 129 McCowan North; 165 Weston Rd North; 168 Symington; 191 Highway 27 rocket; 501 Queen; 505 Dundas; 511 Bathurst; 512 St. Clair.


Transit Toronto will provide more information about the changes in posts closer to January. In the meantime, you can read the details here. (.pdf)