Many service changes come into effect for September 2010. These will include both the reversal of the normal summer cuts as well as improvements to deal with growth in demand.
Please refer to my article on the June 2010 schedule changes for a list of the summer service cuts that will end in September.
The service improvements are listed in a table in the usual manner on this site, and these are stated relative to the winter schedules.
- Work on the Yonge Subway north of Eglinton with late-night tunnel repairs is expected to continue until late 2011.
- Work at Pape Station requiring the 72 Pape bus diversion to Donlands will continue to the end of 2010.
- Track work on The Queensway will result in replacement of streetcar service west of Sunnyside Loop on weekends until the end of the October schedule period (November 20). The replacement service will operate to Dundas West Station as a merged service with the 504 King shuttle on Roncesvalles.
- Construction on Roncesvalles and on King (to about Close Avenue in Parkdale) will continue through late 2010, and the 504/508 streetcar services will remain on diversion via Shaw and Queen as at present. The 504 shuttle bus will revert to a short route from Queen to Dundas West operating southbound via Dundas and Lansdowne because service to Shaw via King will not be possible once track construction begins.
- Roadway repairs at Runnymede Station will require changes to the 71 Runnymede, 77 Swansea and 79 Scarlett Road services through to the end of the October schedule period. 79 Scarlett Road will operate to High Park Station at all times. Weekday peak and midday periods will see the 77 interline with all 71 services bypassing Runnymede Station. At other times, the 71B Industry branch will run to High Park Station. These changes take effect on Tuesday, September 7.
- Reconstruction of Bingham Loop will complete this summer, and streetcars will return to the 502/503 routes on Kingston Road.
- Fire prevention work at York Mills Station will complete and all routes now using a temporary terminal will move back into the station.
- Construction projects affecting the 88 South Leaside route on Moore, and the 505 Dundas car west of Ossignton will be completed.
No More New Looks on Bay
Effective in September, the 6 Bay route will operate with accessible, bike-rack equipped vehicles. Fans of GMC New Looks will have to search further afield to ride these vehicles.
Many seasonal services will end their operation after Labour Day.
Rapid Transit Service Changes
One “gap train” will be removed from the schedule of the Yonge-University line in each peak period, and it will be redeployed as regular service on the Bloor-Danforth line. This will reduce peak headways by a few seconds, equivalent to .5 more trips through the peak point per hour . This change is over and above the restitution of winter service levels.
Midday service on Bloor-Danforth will be improved by adding two trains and reducing headways from 4’39” to 4’16”.
On the Scarborough RT, step-back crewing, already in use during the AM peak, will be extended to the PM peak at Kennedy Station. This will eliminate the need for operators to fight their way through crowds of passengers as they change ends.
511 Bathurst Cars Get Even Longer Layovers
It is claimed that running times on the 511 are too short and that time must be added to the schedules. Anyone who was watched the extended layovers taken by 511 cars at the Exhibition Loop might question this claim, but riders on the 511 will have headways widened from 30 to 60 seconds at all hours to provide for this.