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November 2008
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20 Minutes Max!

On Monday the TTC announced it was increasing service across the routes. Their goal is to have a maximum waiting time on routes of 30 minutes or less, following the subway hours of operations. The goal is to reduce this to 20 minutes over the next five years. This is an attempt by the TTC to increase ridership, the predict ridership to increase by 100,000 people over the coming years.

As reported by Steve Munro here is what we can expect:

  • Peak bus loading standards are reduced by about 10% (a route will be considered to be “full’ with a lower  average load).   This triggers service improvements on many routes, but loading generally has been rising and there is already a backlog of changes waiting to begin.   This affects 62 routes with a total of 89 more am  and 65 pm peak buses.
  • Off peak bus standards, as well as streetcar and rapid transit standards for all periods, are unchanged at, effectively, a seated load.   Note that this is an average over an hour and local variations will occur.
  • Routes with services less frequent than 30 minutes will be improved to the new 30-minute maximum headway.   This affects 26 routes.
  • All routes will operate seven days a week during all periods until at least 1:00 am.   This affects about 86 routes.

Routes Affected:

The full list of routes affected can be found here. As you can see it’s a lot of routes!

I’ll test out this new plan tonight. One of my usual routes is the 501 Queen, notorious for not running on schedule and breaking down. I’ll keep you posted on my experience tonight.