In this post, I will review the behaviour of the Finch East route over the month of December 2006. As I mentioned in Part I, the schedules have changed a bit since then, most notably in the extension of a frequent service to Neilson Road in the PM peak period.
First let’s look at where all the buses went outbound, and how well-spaced the service was. This chart shows the destination of all buses eastbound from Victoria Park. The horizontal spacing measures the headway at that location, and the vertical axis measures how far the bus actually went. The ongoing problem with service reliability to Neilson Road is quite evident on all weekdays except for those when special schedules operated.
In this chart, any short turns at Seneca College have already been filtered out as they are west of the reference location.
On every weekday, the clustering of vehicles is evident and this even show up at times during periods of the supposedly 12 minute headway to Neilson Road. There is a variation in what I can only call the “texture” of the service from day to day, but the overall pattern is clear. When service is very frequent, close management is not generally needed as long as the overall scheme is maintained. However, as is evident, there are gaps and when these are on the less-frequently served part of the route, they can be quite large. Continue reading