Updated: The Service Summary is now available online.
The June/July schedule board period will bring many seasonal cuts to transit service on the TTC. I will not list all of them, but the real issue will be to see whether they are reversed in the fall. A few cuts in this round are identified as a response to budget concerns (see my previous article about Metropass use and its effect on revenues). If this is just reasonable belt-tightening, that’s just good management. If this is a return to the bad days of stealth service cuts even while riding grows, the TTC is in for problems.
On the Yonge line, four of the six gap/standby trains will be removed in the AM peak, but headways will not be affected. In the PM peak, six trains will be removed, four from regular service, and the headway will widen from 2’31” to 2’46”.
On the Bloor-Danforth line, seven AM peak trains will be removed with headways widening from 2’24” to 2’53”. In the PM peak, five trains will be removed changing the headway from 2’34” to 2’57”.
On the SRT, running time will be increased at all times “to improve service reliability in hot weather”. We know that the SRT can’t stand ice and snow, but now obviously, it needs to cool off at the height of summer. Peak headways rise from 3’40′” to 3’50”, while offpeak headways rise from 5’30” to 5’45”. Step-back crewing will be dropped during the summer.
Construction Routing and Service Changes
The route split at St. Clair will be discontinued to save on budget, but the diversion around the underpass reconstruction at Dupont Street will remain.
Dundas 505 and Carlton 506
Watermain construction on Dundas from Bathurst to Dovercourt will require that the route be split for the summer. Normal service is expected to resume in September.
Dundas 505 cars will operate between Broadview Station and Bathurst Station. I suspect we will see short turning via east on College to Spadina.
Carlton 506 cars will operate to Dundas West Station rather than to High Park Loop.
Dundas 505 buses will operate from Keele Station to Wolseley Loop via Parkside Drive, Howard Park, Dundas and Bathurst.
Eglinton West 32
The short turn buses between Eglinton and Eglinton West Stations that were added for bridge construction near Chaplin Crescent will be removed as a budgetary measure.
A long reconstruction period on Roncesvalles Avenue begins in late June with watermain and other roadwork. This is expected to continue into late 2010 when the street will re-open with reconfigured streetcar track and sidewalks including direct loading from widened sidewalks at transit stops. A side effect of this project is that the plethora of Sunday Stops on Roncesvalles will be removed.
All King 504 service will turn back from Roncesvalles Carhouse. A replacement bus service will operate from Dundas West Station via Dundas, Lansdowne, Queen and Roncesvalles. No service is provided southbound because that side of the street will be closed for watermain work.
Bathurst Car 511
Service will be improved on weekday middays, PM peak and evenings and on weekend evenings to handle additional demand to events at Ontario Place and Exhibition Place.
Downtowner 502 and Kingston Road Tripper 503
Headways on each route will be widened from 12′ to 15′ during the peak period. Although this provides, in theory, a blended service on Kingston Road, actual operations, especially in the PM peak, tend to be chaotic. Moreover, the 503 will be diverted off of its usual downtown loop during the Church Street track construction project.
Service will be improved during most operating periods with substantially shorter headways during all off-peak periods.
Seven of the CLRV trippers will be removed from the AM peak service. This will leave two CLRV and seven ALRV trippers in the schedule.
Running times will be increased to deal with increased passenger traffic, and the King short turn will be extended to Queen’s Quay during midday and PM peak periods.
Many other seasonal changes are not listed here, but will be detailed on the TTC’s site when they publish the summer schedule updates.
Kipling South 44
Weekday evening service will be improved from a 30′ to 15′ headway to reduce crowding. The average load is now 48, well above the Service Standard of 38.
A trial step-back crew arrangement will be implemented between 2 and 7 pm on weekdays eastbound at Connaught (Russell Carhouse) with operators dropping back two cars. The step-forward arrangement between 10 am and 2 pm will remain. This trial will last until July 31.
St. Clair 512
As a budgetary cut, one car will be removed from service Monday through Saturday. Headways will widen from 3’00” to 3’30” on weekdays, and from 3’30” to 4’00” on Saturdays. Considering the amount of time St. Clair cars spend laying over at both ends of their short shuttle, a change in running time is long overdue, but we will have to await the line’s reopening in late 2010 to see just how badly the TTC pads schedules on this new “transit priority” route.