Not long ago, I wrote about the changing level of service on the streetcar system over the past 50 years in Always A Car In Sight. Just to recap, my intentions were threefold:
- Show how much service was actually operated and how many people a network of streetcar lines could carry. If this could be done in mixed traffic, then it certainly could be achieved with some form of reserved right-of-way.
- Document the changing service levels especially since 1980 first as the TTC saw the heavy streetcar routes as an easy place to save money, and later where service levels threaten the attractiveness of transit service.
- Demonstrate why the Bloor-Danforth subway is so different from current and recent subway schemes by virtue of the very heavy, established ridership in the corridor the Bloor line serves.
This produced a number of comments as you can see in the post, but a few other points have come up here and in other threads. Continue reading