Many service changes will take effect this Sunday. Broadly speaking, they fall into three categories:
- Improvements to handle overcrowding
- Season changes (mainly services to university and college campuses, and to parks)
- Construction changes
I have listed only one of the construction changes. Weekend service on 512 St. Clair will be reduced slightly because cars will now be stored at Hillcrest Yard and it is not necessary to have all cars in service all of the time.
A number of the “seasonal” changes involving longer hours of service will likely stay in place in September. In November 2008, if the planned implementation of 30-minute minimum frequencies on all routes while the subway is operating goes ahead, these services would become permanent. There is no point in removing them for a few months between the end of the summer and the implementation of the Ridership Growth Strategy policy for hours of service.