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TTC revises services, November 22



The TTC is making minor changes to its services, starting today, Sunday, November 22.

The big news is the opening of the Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance and storage facility on the southeast corner of Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East. The TTC is reassigning all of its new low-floor Flexity streetcars to operate to and from the new carhouse. Eventually, the new facility will be home to 100 of the new cars.

It continues to expand its network of routes with “all-day, every-day service”. This represents an expenditure of $5.5 million annually. The TTC now operates more than 125 bus and streetcar routes with “all-day, every-day” service:

  • 96C Wilson (to Thistle Down and Tandridge); and
  • 127 Davenport.

It’s also continuing to increase the number of routes with “ten-minutes-or-better service”, all day, every day at a cost of $11.3 million annually.

  • 96 Wilson; and
  • 165 Weston Rd North.

And, it’s continuing to increase the frequency of service along these routes during off-peak times to reduce crowding and waiting times. This improvement costs $9.9 million annually.

  • 96 Wilson;
  • 165 Weston Rd North; and
  • 504 King.

Sources:

  • TTC: “Service changes”, here;
  • TTC: “Service Summary, November 22, 2015 to January 2, 2016”, here. (.pdf)
  • Steve Munro: “TTC Service Changes Effective November 22 and December 20, 2015”, here.

The TTC is revising service along these routes: 36 Finch West, 86 Scarbrorough local, 86E Scarborough express; 87 Cosburn, 96 Wilson, 108 Downsview, 127 Davenport, 165 Weston Rd North, 501 Queen, 502 Downtowner, 504 King, 506 Carlton, 509 Harbourfront, 510 Spadina, 511 Bathurst, 512 St Clair.


Specifically, the TTC is: increasing service along routes; increasing the frequency of service along routes; adjusting the schedules for buses and streetcars operating along routes; and making other changes to service along routes.


Increasing service along routes


87 Cosburn

Starting Monday, November 23, the TTC starts through service route earlier Monday-to-Friday mornings.

Buses operate along the 87C branch - between Main Street and Broadview stations - and replace early-morning short-turn 87B branch - between Coxwell Avenue and Broadview Station. The first westbound 87C bus leaves Main Street Station at 5:05 a.m. The first eastbound 87C bus leaves Broadview Station at 5:03 a.m.

Extra short-turn 87B service to and from Coxwell starts at about 6 a.m.

127 Davenport

Restoring “all-day, every-day” service

Starting Sunday, November 22, the TTC again operates buses late Sunday-and-holiday evenings.

Buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route:

  • every 20 minutes, Sundays and holidays after about 10 p.m.

With this change, the TTC provides service along the route at all times of the week, except overnight.

96 Wilson

Restoring “all-day, every-day” service

Starting Sunday, November 22, the TTC again operates buses along the 96C branch (“to Thistle Down and Tandridge”) late evenings.

Buses operate along the branch every 30 minutes after 10 p.m. seven days a week.

The TTC is also increasing the frequency of service along the route.


Increasing the frequency of service along routes


504 King

Improving off-peak service

The TTC is increasing the frequency of service along routes at all times of the week other than during rush hours to decrease crowding.

Starting Monday, November 23, the TTC operates more vehicles along the route to decrease the running time - the time it schedules for drives to complete a round trip along the route - at various times Mondays to Fridays.

It decreases the running time:

  • to 138 minutes, instead of 140 minutes, Mondays to Fridays from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.;
  • to 148 minutes, instead of 152 minutes, during afternoon rush hours;
  • to 124 minutes, instead of 135 minutes, from about 7 until 10 p.m.; and
  • to 104 minutes, instead of 112 minutes, after about 10 p.m.

By decreasing the running time, the TTC also increases the frequency of service along the route.

Streetcars drop off or pick up passengers at stops:

  • every 4 minutes 10 seconds, instead of every 4 minutes 40 seconds, Mondays to Fridays from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.;
  • every 4 minutes, instead of every 5 minutes, from about 7 until 10 p.m.; and
  • every 5 minutes 45 seconds, instead of every 8 minutes, after about 10 p.m.

The TTC is also making other changes to service along the route.

86 Scarborough local

With the end of City of Toronto construction on Meadowvale Road, the TTC is increasing service levels along the route Mondays to Fridays before 7 p.m.

During morning rush hours, starting Monday, November 23, buses drop off or pick up passengers at local stops:

  • every 16 minutes, instead of every 17½ minutes, north of Meadowvale Road / Kingston Road, where only buses serving the 86A branch operate;
  • every 8 minutes, instead of every 8 minutes 45 seconds, between Meadowvale / Kingston and Lawrence Avenue East / Kingston, where only buses serving the 86A and 86B branches operate;
  • every 16 minutes, instead of every 17½ minutes, between Lawrence East / Beechgrove Drive and Lawrence East / Kingston, where only buses serving the 86D branch operate; and
  • about every 4 minutes, instead of about every 4 minutes 23 seconds, west of Kingston / Lawrence East, where buses serving all branches operate.

During afternoon rush hours, buses serve stops

  • every 14 minutes, instead of every 15 minutes, east and north of Kingston / Lawrence East, where buses operate along the separate 84A and 84D branches of the route; and
  • every 7minutes, instead of every 7½ minutes, west of Kingston / Lawrence East, where buses serving both branches operate.
86E Scarborough express

Since the City of Toronto has postponed a construction project on Meadowvale Road, the TTC is restoring service levels along the route Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.

During morning rush hours, buses drop off or pick up passengers at express stops along the route:

  • every 4½ minutes, instead of every 5 minutes.

During afternoon rush hours, buses serve the stops:

  • every 9 minutes 45 seconds, instead of every 10½ minutes.
165 Weston Rd North

Expanding the “ten-minutes-or-better route” network

The TTC increases the frequency of service along part of the route so that passengers can expect a bus to arrive at all stops along the route south of Steeles Avenue West at most every ten minutes at all times of the week, except overnight.

Starting Sunday, November 22, buses drop off or pick up passengers every ten minutes south of Steeles

  • instead of every 18 minutes, Sundays and holidays from about 7 until 10 p.m.; and
  • instead of every 30 minutes, after about 10 p.m.

Starting Saturday, November 28, the buses serve the stops every 10 minutes:

  • instead of every 15 minutes, Saturdays before about 8 a.m.;
  • instead of every 12 minutes, from about 7 until 10 p.m.; and
  • instead of every 13½ minutes, after about 10 p.m.

Improving off-peak service

The TTC is increasing the frequency of service along routes at all times of the week other than during rush hours to decrease crowding.

Starting Sunday, November 22, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops north of Steeles Avenue West:

  • every 36 minutes, instead of every 40 minutes, Sundays and holidays from about 8 a.m. until noon; and
  • every 34 minutes, instead of every 40 minutes, from about noon until 7 p.m.

Starting Saturday, November 28, the buses serve the stops:

  • every 20 minutes, instead of every 30 minutes, Saturdays before about 8 a.m.;
  • every 27 minutes, instead of every 42 minutes, from about 8 a.m. until noon;
  • every 28 minutes, instead of every 40 minutes, from about noon until 7 p.m.; and
  • every 20 minutes, instead of every 24 minutes, from about 7 until 10 p.m.

Starting Sunday, November 22, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops south of Steeles Avenue West:

  • every 9 minutes, instead of every 10 minutes, Sundays and holidays from about 8 a.m. until noon; and
  • every 8½ minutes, instead of every 10 minutes, from about noon until 7 p.m.

Starting Saturday, November 28, the buses serve the stops:

  • every 10 minutes, instead of every 15 minutes, Saturdays before about 8 a.m.;
  • every 9 minutes, instead of every 10½ minutes, from about 8 a.m. until noon; and
  • every 7 minutes, instead of every 8 minutes, from about noon until 7 p.m.
96 Wilson

Expanding the “ten-minutes-or-better route” network

The TTC increases the frequency of service along parts of the route so that passengers can expect a bus to arrive at all stops along the 96A, 96B and 96D branches east of Kipling Avenue at most every ten minutes at all times of the week, except overnight.

Improving off-peak service

The TTC is also increasing the frequency of service along routes at all times of the week other than during rush hours to decrease crowding.

Starting Sunday, November 22, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route Sundays and holidays from about 8 a.m. until noon:

  • every 18 minutes, instead of every 30 minutes, west and north of Humber College Boulevard / Humberline Drive and between John Garland Boulevard / Martin Grove Road and Kipling Avenue / Westhumber Boulevard — where buses serve the separate 96A / 96D and 96B branches;
  • every 9 minutes, instead of every 15 minutes, between Humber College / Humberline and John Garland / Martin Grove and **between Kipling / Westhumber and Elmhurst Drive / Albion Road - where buses operating along the 96A, 96B and 96D branches serve stops in common; and
  • every 6 minutes 55 seconds, instead of every 10 minutes, east of Elmhurst / Albion — where buses operating along the 96A, 96B, 96C and 96D branches serve stops in common.

They serve passengers at stops along the route from about noon until 7 p.m.:

  • every 17 minutes, instead of every 30 minutes, west and north of Humber College / Humberline and between John Garland / Martin Grove and Kipling / Westhumber;
  • every 8½ minutes, instead of every 15 minutes, between Humber College / Humberline and John Garland / Martin Grove and between Kipling / Westhumber and Elmhurst / Albion; and
  • every 6 minutes 37 seconds, instead of every 10 minutes, east of Elmhurst / Albion.

They serve stops from about 7 until 10 p.m.:

  • every 20 minutes, instead of every 40 minutes, west and north of Humber College / Humberline and between John Garland / Martin Grove and Kipling / Westhumber;
  • every 10 minutes, instead of every 20 minutes, between Humber College / Humberline and John Garland / Martin Grove and between Kipling / Westhumber and Elmhurst / Albion; and
  • every 7½ minutes, instead of every 20 minutes, east of Elmhurst / Albion.

And, they serve stops after about 10 p.m.:

  • every 20 minutes, instead of every 45 minutes, west and north of Humber College / Humberline and between John Garland / Martin Grove and Kipling / Westhumber;
  • every 10 minutes, instead of every 22½ minutes, between Humber College / Humberline and John Garland / Martin Grove and between Kipling / Westhumber and Elmhurst / Albion; and
  • every 7½ minutes, instead of every 22½ minutes, east of Elmhurst / Albion.

Starting Monday, November 23, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route Mondays to Fridays after about 10 p.m.:

  • every 7½ minutes, instead of every 22½ minutes, east of Elmhurst / Albion.

Starting Saturday, November 28, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route Saturdays before about 8 a.m.:

  • every 20 minutes, instead of every 30 minutes, west and north of Humber College / Humberline and between John Garland / Martin Grove and Kipling / Westhumber;
  • every 10 minutes, instead of every 15 minutes, between Humber College / Humberline and John Garland / Martin Grove and between Kipling / Westhumber and Elmhurst / Albion; and
  • every 7½ minutes, instead of every 10 minutes, east of Elmhurst / Albion.

They serve passengers at stops from about 8 a.m. until noon:

  • every 18 minutes, instead of every 21 minutes, west and north of Humber College / Humberline and between John Garland / Martin Grove and Kipling / Westhumber;
  • every 9 minutes, instead of every 10½ minutes, between Humber College / Humberline and John Garland / Martin Grove and between Kipling / Westhumber and Elmhurst / Albion; and
  • every 6 minutes 55 seconds, instead of every 7 minutes 45 seconds, east of Elmhurst / Albion.

They serve the stops from about noon until 7 p.m.:

  • every 14 minutes, instead of every 16 minutes, west and north of Humber College / Humberline and between John Garland / Martin Grove and Kipling / Westhumber;
  • every 7 minutes, instead of every 8 minutes, between Humber College / Humberline and John Garland / Martin Grove and between Kipling / Westhumber and Elmhurst / Albion; and
  • every 5 minutes 41 seconds, instead of every 6 minutes 19 seconds, east of Elmhurst / Albion.

They serve the stops from about 7 until 10 p.m.:

  • every 20 minutes, instead of every 24 minutes, west and north of Humber College / Humberline and between John Garland / Martin Grove and Kipling / Westhumber;
  • every 10 minutes, instead of every 12 minutes, between Humber College / Humberline and John Garland / Martin Grove and between Kipling / Westhumber and Elmhurst / Albion; and
  • every 7½ minutes, instead of every 8 minutes 34 seconds, east of Elmhurst / Albion.

And, they serve the stops after about 10 p.m.:

  • every 20 minutes, instead of every 27 minutes, west and north of Humber College / Humberline and between John Garland / Martin Grove and Kipling / Westhumber;
  • every 18 minutes, instead of every 13½ minutes, between Humber College / Humberline and John Garland / Martin Grove and between Kipling / Westhumber and Elmhurst / Albion; and
  • every 7&frac12 minutes, instead of every 10 minutes, east of Elmhurst / Albion.

The TTC is also increasing service along the route.


Adjusting the schedules for vehicles operating along routes


108 Downsview

Starting Monday, November 23, the TTC adjusts the schedule slightly to eliminate a service gap early Monday-to-Friday evenings.

502 Downtowner

Starting Monday, November 23, the TTC adjusts the schedule slightly to eliminate a service gap between the end of Monday-to-Friday rush-hour service and the start of midday service.

36 Finch West

Starting Monday, November 23, the TTC adjusts the schedule slightly to eliminate a service gap between the end of overnight service along the 336 Finch West route and the start of regular Monday-to-Friday daytime service.


Making other changes to service along routes

511 Bathurst

Starting Sunday, November 22, all streetcars operating along the route again start and end their trips in Roncesvalles Carhouse. The TTC no longer stores streetcars serving this route overnight at Exhibition Loop.

506 Carlton

Starting Sunday, November 22, some streetcars that usually start or end their trips in Russell Carhouse, start and end, instead, in Roncesvalles Carhouse.

509 Harbourfront

Starting Sunday, November 22, low-floor Flexity streetcars serving the route start and end their trips at Leslie Barns. Regular CLRV cars for this route operate to and from Roncesvalles Carhouse.

The TTC no longer stores streetcars serving this route overnight at Exhibition Loop.

504 King

Starting Sunday, November 22, some streetcars that usually start or end their trips in Russell Carhouse, start and end, instead, in Roncesvalles Carhouse.

The TTC is also increasing the frequency of service along the route.

501 Queen

Starting Monday, November 23, the TTC temporarily operates as many as 10 buses along the route Mondays to Fridays from about 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. The buses bolster regular streetcar service along the route. The TTC expects to launch new schedules along the entire route in January.

512 St Clair

Starting Sunday, November 22, all streetcars operating along the route again start and end their trips in Roncesvalles Carhouse. The TTC no longer stores streetcars serving this route overnight at Exhibition Loop.

510 Spadina

Starting Sunday, November 22, low-floor Flexity streetcars serving the route start and end their trips at Leslie Barns. Regular CLRV cars for this route operate to and from Russell Carhouse.





























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