In anticipation of a TTC report on measures to improve service on the Queen car, there will be a series of posts here over the Victoria Day weekend. These will review data for December 2007 and January 2008 on 501 Queen and related routes.
I am going to take a different approach in the sequence of articles from earlier rounds. In those analyses, I began with the graphic timetables of route operations showing first Christmas Day 2006 and then moving on to other days of interest. Later came Headway and Link Time analyses for individual days, and later for the month as a whole. Finally came charts showing the short-turning and service reliability as seen outbound from Yonge Street.
In practice, now that this entire process is fairly well understood (at least by me), I am going to turn things around and work “backwards” from the monthly charts to specific days. The monthly summaries reveal days and locations where interesting events or practices might be found, and of course they also show the overall pattern of transit service.
I have made some changes in the charts both to make the headings “friendlier”, and I plan to standardize on the filenames I used for the linked PDFs. (Really! I promise!) Some of the changes that readers have asked for will not be found in this version such as expanding the daily graphs to have more per day (and hence fewer hours per page). This is a tradeoff between having charts that are too busy and spreading peaks over multiple pages. Also, I have deliberately kept the pages in letter size format so that people can print them without having legal sized paper.
For this first set of comments, here are the charts of vehicle destinations outbound from Yonge Street.
December 2007 Westbound to Humber and Long Branch
December 2007 Eastbound to Neville
January 2008 Westbound to Humber and Long Branch
January 2008 Eastbound to Neville
These take some explaining, but they provide a lot of information. Continue reading