Service Changes Effective June 19, 2011

Many service changes will come into effect on June 19 thanks to the two common factors influencing summer schedules:  seasonal riding changes and construction.

The service changes are detailed in the usual spreadsheet form.  This will be a point of comparison in the fall when we see when and if these changes are reversed, what improvements are funded from the May service “reallocation”, or if budget problems start Toronto into a downward spiral.

Construction Diversions

The 504 King diversion in Parkdale for track and overhead reconstruction between Roncesvalles and Close will continue until the end of the summer.  The operation of streetcars on Roncesvalles itself should resume at the end of July.

The 506 Carlton car will divert around the Gerrard Street bridge over the Don River during reconstruction until the end of the summer.  Westbound service will run via Broadview, Dundas and Parliament.  Eastbound service will run via Parliament, Queen and Broadview.  Cars will be added to the schedule to compensate for the added mileage.

The 505 Dundas diversion around street reconstruction west of Spadina will continue through the summer.

The 502/503 services on Kingston Road will be converted to bus operation until late November for watermain construction.

Rapid Transit Service

On the Yonge Subway, the only service change will be the withdrawal of one standby train and one of three scheduled gap trains.  The scheduled headways are not changed.

Service on the Yonge subway has been lower than budgeted because of the late arrival of the Toronto Rocket trains.  The first of these is expected to enter service in June.  There is no word yet on when this will trigger headway improvements.

On the Bloor-Danforth subway, peak period service will be reduced by 12-15%.

On the Scarborough RT, running times will be increased to reduce top speeds during hot weather.

Details are shown in the spreadsheet.

2011.06.19 Service Changes