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"Ten-minute-or-better" service
along 52 TTC routes or lines

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TTC staff presented this map of the “ten-minute-or-better” route network to the Toronto Transit Commission last August. The network that the commission chair and deputy CEO announced today is somewhat different.

The TTC says it’s improving service along 48 bus or streetcar routes and all four rapid-transit lines to offer passengers “ten-minute-or-better” service during all times of the week, except overnight.

During a media event at Bathurst Station today, Monday, June 15, the chair of the Toronto Transit Commission, Councillor Josh Colle and the TTC’s deputy chief executive officer Chris Upfold announced that the TTC will be increasing the frequency of service along the routes in stages throughout 2015 and 2016. However, many of the routes and lines that it’s targeted to improve already operate with frequent service at all times, including all rapid-transit lines and most streetcar routes.

The TTC already increased service to ten minutes or better along some of these routes, in May. It will further increase the frequency along more routes this Monday, June 22. Passengers can expect “ten-minute-or-better” service along most of these routes (if they aren’t already receiving it) by the end of 2015. The TTC says it will implement more frequent service along three more routes in 2016, as soon as more buses and streetcars become available.

(Read Steve Munro’s post for details about which of these routes already had “ten-minute-or-better” service, before today’s announcement here.)

TTC staff proposed providing “ten-minutes-or-better” service along various routes in August 2014. They reaffirmed the proposals — and City Council endorsed them — as part of the City of Toronto’s 2015 budget.

TTC staff identified 52 routes whose passengers will benefit from more frequent service in a report that they’ll present to the transit commission during its June 22 meeting. Buses, streetcars and rapid transit trains will drop off or pick up passengers at stops along their routes and lines at least every 10 minutes — or in many cases, even more frequently, at most times of the week, except overnight. According to a TTC news release, this will “ensure that frequent and reliable service is available across the city, making transit more convenient for all residents of Toronto.”

The TTC will include these routes in the “ten-minute-or-better” service network by the end of 2015:

  • 1 Yonge - University subway;
  • 2 Bloor - Danforth subway;
  • 3 Scarborough rapid transit;
  • 4 Sheppard subway;
  • 7 Bathurst;
  • 22 Coxwell;
  • 24 Victoria Park (to and from Steeles);
  • 25 Don Mills;
  • 29 Dufferin (north of Dufferin Gate);
  • 32 Eglinton (to and from Renforth);
  • 34 Eglinton East;
  • 35 Jane (to and from Steeles via Jane and Peter Kaiser);
  • 36 Finch West (to and from Humberwood);
  • 39 Finch East (east of Neilson);
  • 43 Kennedy (to and from Steeles);
  • 44 Kipling South;
  • 45 Kipling (to and from Steeles);
  • 47 Lansdowne (south of St. Clair);
  • 52 Lawrence West (to and from Pearson);
  • 54 Lawrence East (west of Orton Park);
  • 60 Steeles West (east of Keele);
  • 63 Ossington (south of St. Clair);
  • 72 Pape (to and from Cherry via Commissioners);
  • 76 Royal York South (to and from Lake Shore);
  • 84 Sheppard West (east of Oakdale);
  • 85 Sheppard East (between Meadowvale / Sheppard and Don Mills Station);
  • 86 Scarborough (to and from Meadowvale / Sheppard);
  • 87 Cosburn;
  • 89 Weston;
  • 94 Wellesley (east of Wellesley Station);
  • 95 York Mills (west of Military Trail);
  • 100 Flemingdon Park (south of Wynford / Don Mills);
  • 102 Markham Rd (to and from McNicoll);
  • 113 Danforth;
  • 116 Morningside (to and from Finch);
  • 129 McCowan North (south of Steeles);
  • 165 Weston Rd North (south of Steeles);
  • 191 Highway 27 rocket (to and from Steeles);
  • 192 Airport rocket;
  • 502 Downtowner;
  • 503 Kingston Rd;
  • 504 King;
  • 505 Dundas;
  • 506 Carlton;
  • 509 Harbourfront;
  • 510 Spadina;
  • 511 Bathurst; and
  • 512 St Clair.

The TTC will include these routes in the “ten-minute-or-better” network in 2016, when more vehicles are available:

  • 65 Parliament;
  • 96 Wilson (east of Kipling, not including branches to Tandridge and Torbarrie);
  • 501 Queen.

(“Ten-minute-or-better service” applies to the entire route, except where we’ve noted restrictions.)

(Streetcars operating along the 502 Downtowner and 503 Kingston Rd routes operate less frequently than every ten minutes during rush hours, but, together, provide passengers “ten-minutes-or-better” service to common parts of their routes — along Kingston Road east of Victoria Park Avenue. Streetcars operating along these two routes and buses operating along the 22 Coxwell route drop off or pick up passengers at stops on this section of Kingston at most every ten minutes at all times of the week, except overnight.)

During a similar media event in May, Councillor Colle joined Mayor John Tory and the TTC’s chief executive officer, Andy Byford, to announce that the TTC was expanding its overnight route network and increasing off-peak service to provide “all-day, every day” service along many routes.

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