Those who have come to this site in the past year to read, among other things, detailed analyses of route operations on King and Queen Streets may not be aware that this has been done before. Back in May 1984, the Streetcars for Toronto Committee organized manual observations of the major streetcar routes for three days. A detailed post on the subject appeared here in April 2006 and it makes interesting reading for any who think that service problems are new to the system.
At that time, we documented a very high proportion of cars short-turning in the afternoon peak and a systemic problem that the actual times required to make trips across the system was higher than the scheduled time. Short-turns were poorly managed and contributed to the general chaos in service. Not much has changed, although the headways are a lot wider now than they were in 1984, and the reliability of service much lower.
Considering how much store the TTC puts in “congestion” as the explanation for all its woes, it is worth looking back two decades to see what changes have been made in the schedules. Continue reading