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King Street transit priority corridor:
Pilot study open house, February 13

Update — Tuesday, May 9, 3:39 p.m.: The City is holding a second public meeting to present the design staff prefer for the pilot project, Thursday, May 18.

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TTC streetcars and buses operating along King Streets East and West between River and Dufferin Streets serve the busiest surface transit corridor in Toronto. They carry as many as 65,000 passengers every Monday to Friday.

King Street is also an important east-west traffic artery in downtown Toronto, connecting many neighbourhoods with the largest concentration of jobs in the city, region, and country. The King Street corridor will continue to grow significantly in population and employment in the coming decades, leading to further demand on these already heavily congested transit routes.

Over the past few years, the TTC has made operational changes to improve streetcar service, including: allowing all-door loading (to become more effective with the new low-floor streetcars); adding supplemental buses; extending turning and on-street parking restrictions; optimizing transit stop locations and route running times; adding route supervisors; and improving night service.

But, staff acknowledge that operational changes can only achieve so much — King Street needs “something bigger” to truly unlock the potential of the corridor.

Since July, 2016, TTC, City of Toronto and Toronto Parking Authority staff have been reviewing options for improving King Street, and transit service in particular.

Among the ideas that they’re considering would be a transit-only mall on parts of the street.

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Now they’re about to host their first public meeting to find out what you think of their plans.

The meeting takes place Monday, February 13, 6:30 until 9 p.m., Metro Hall, room 308/309, 55 John Street (at King Street West).

The partners have also launched a new webpage on the study here.

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