Fall 2008 brings service back to its standard levels on the TTC network after some summer cutbacks. I have consolidated the service changes, most due to increased riding, in a two-page summary.
A few notable points in this round:
- Off-peak service on the Yonge and Bloor subway lines is increasing to meet rising demand. Even with the added service, the lines will be only slightly below the service standards threshold at which more trains have to be added. The off-peak standard is 500 passengers per train, or 83 per car (a small number of standees at the peak point).
- For everyone who dreads off-peak visits to the Distillery District, the Cherry Street Union Station service will now run every 15 minutes on Saturdays, and every 30 minutes in the evening. This is far from spectacular, but it’s an improvement for those who prefer not to walk to the King car.
- Better service comes to the Harbourfront car recognizing that people on the waterfront actually exist, and they stay up late. The Spadina car will now run to Union Station until the subway closes.
- Service improvements on Eglinton West, Jane and Morningside address growing demand in these corridors (all of which happen to be part of Transit City).
Further improvements are expected later this fall including the next round of the Ridership Growth Strategy with full service on all routes during subway operating hours. Coming in 2009, budget permitting, is a move to 20 minute maximum headways.