Updated February 26 at 11:15 pm: The legend on the service chart has been corrected to reflect the actual location of the timepoints.
The 512 St. Clair route resumed streetcar operation from St. Clair West Station to Earlscourt Loop on Sunday, December 20, 2009. This was the test everyone had waited so long to see — would the right-of-way on the busiest part of St. Clair Avenue make a difference, and how would the line operate.
As we know from complaints that poured in to the TTC and to local Councillors, things did not go well during the first month. New scheduled were introduced in mid-February, and the decline in complaints indicates that riders are much happier. Nonetheless, it is worthwhile looking at January 2010 to see where the problems lay.
This series of posts uses TTC vehicle monitoring data to review the operation of the St. Clair route for that first month. I have requested the February data as well so that a “before and after” comparison will be possible with the new schedules.
This article is an introduction and, for those who have read these analyses before, a refresher on the methodology I have used and the format of the data presentation. In future articles, I will review the month as a whole, but here the data is from one day, January 1, to set the stage.