The following service changes will occur effective Sunday, February 14, 2010.
Updated to include a table comparing service levels on 512 St. Clair.
305 Eglinton East Night Bus & 354 Lawrence East Night Bus
These routes now operate separately from each other, with three vehicles on each route, and have difficulty maintaining schedules. To give both routes more running time, one bus will be added, and the routes will be interlined to give each route an additional 15 minutes for a round trip.
Buses will alternate trips on each route.
44 Kipling South
Saturday afternoon running times will be increased, and service will be improved, to counteract reliability problems. The existing 15 minute headway with 2 buses will change to a 12 minute headway with 3 buses.
116 Morningside & 86 Scarborough Service Blending
Midday headways on the 116 will be widened from 8’30” to 9’00” to provide extra running time. No buses will be added to the route. Midday headways on the 86 will be widened from 8’00” to 9’00”. One less bus will be needed on the 86.
In both cases, the average load will rise from 36 to 38, within the offpeak service standards.
Early evening headways on the 116 will be changed from 7’45” to 7’30” to match the existing 86 headway.
512 St. Clair
Running times will be increased during many periods to reflect actual requirements for this route. No cars will be added, but scheduled headways will be widened. The affected periods are:
- Weekdays afternoon, pm peak, early evening
- Weekends morning and afternoon
The table linked below compares the April 2007 schedule (just before the west end of the line closed for construction), the original January 2010 schedule, and the revised February version.
The 85 Sheppard East and 86 Scarborough schedules will be adjusted so that the last trip from the Zoo matches its later closing time (7 pm) beginning in mid March.
Driving Time vs Recovery Time
One of the oddities of TTC schedules is that many routes have “recovery time” that is, in fact, little more than a rounding factor so that the headway will work out to an exact integer. For example, on the 44 Kipling South change above, the new schedule has a 12 minute headway, but this is achieved with 34 minutes of driving time and 2 minutes of recovery per round trip.
A few routes have schedule adjustments that consist of nothing more than reallocating time from recovery to driving. This means that the actual time provided for a vehicle to make a round trip is unchanged, but the “recovery” which might be used for a break at a terminal is squeezed.
- 34 Eglinton East (peak)
- 16 McCowan (weekday early evening)
- 116 Morningside (peak)
- 224 Victoria Park North