Updated December 29: The January 2009 Service Summary is now available online.
January 2009 brings a small number of service changes notably on the streetcar system. Many of these address overcrowding problems during the off-peak (there are no spare cars for peak period requirements).
Of particular interest are the changes on 501 Queen.
The weekday schedules will be adjusted by adding running time and stretching the headways during both peak periods and midday. The alleged purpose of this change is to improve trip reliability. Whether this will simply mean that even longer layovers will be available at both ends of the line remains to be seen.
Given the length of the Queen route, the TTC needs to move away from laying over cars to laying over operators by way of scheduled breaks at Russell and Roncesvalles carhouses. Ad hoc changes to line management are in place at Russell, but still not at Roncesvalles.
I have requested the CIS data for December 2008 and January 2009 for Queen (and related routes) in order to investigate whether there has been any improvement due to recent and pending schedule changes.
Meanwhile, the service improvements on Saturday and Sunday address crowding that shows up even on the averages, never mind when the service is erratic. It wasn’t your imagination, there just were not enough cars on the line for the demand.