[After I posted this article, I received an email pointing out that the change in off-peak loading standards I had described as only applying to low-floor bus routes had, in fact, been applied to all surface modes. After checking the schedules for January 2005 against those for March 2006, I found that some service improvements were, in fact, made in off-peak frequencies on some streetcar routes. The article below has been revised accordingly.]
The July 19th TTC agenda contains an update on the Ridership Growth Strategy, and it contains many items worth talking about here.
Broadly speaking, there are four classes of changes covered by the RGS update:
- Service Quality
- Transit Priority
- Commuter Parking
- Fare Incentives
Service Quality improvements have two broad subgroups: better loading standards and better minimum service standards. Continue reading