The supplementary agenda for January’s TTC meeting includes a report on the various experiments with Queen car operations. Unsurprisingly, it concludes that the split route operation was an abject failure, and recommends that the “step forward” crewing technique be formally implemented on the route during periods when the line is subject to disruption. This scheme keeps operators on time but allows vehicles to continue without short turning.
I will not comment in detail on this report until after the Commission meeting and any discussions there. At this point, I am still waiting for vehicle monitoring data for October and November 2009 so that I can perform a detailed analysis of the split and “normal” operations.
Because this report deals only with the various operational models actually tried to date, there is no discussion of alternative route structures such as splitting off the 507 in some form as a dedicated Long Branch service. I suspect that any mention of this would trigger a “we tried to split the route and it didn’t work” response even though the Dufferin/Broadview split was a completely different design than, say, a 507 service to Dundas West Station.
This post will be updated with further comments or information when available.