This article consolidates service change information for the three schedule board periods beginning October 9, November 20 and December 18, 2011.
Service improvements continue to appear on a few routes in response to growth in riding. Whether these will survive into 2012 with the budget and service standards cuts remains to be seen.
Updated November 17, 2011 at 10:00 am: Effective November 20, the Kingston Road 12A service to Variety Village will be split on weekends so that half of the buses travel via the original route 12B on Kingston Road east of Birchmount, and half via route 12A. This restores service to Kingston Road between Birchmount and Danforth Ave.
Updated September 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm: The Spadina rebuilding south from King Street has been postponed until 2012. The Long Branch Loop project will not complete until the end of October.
510 Spadina (Postponed to 2012)
Spadina south of King will be rebuilt starting in the October period. This project was originally planned to run down to Queen’s Quay, but the scope has been cut back to the section north of Front.
Spadina service will divert via King, Bathurst and Queen’s Quay, with cars added to the route to provide sufficient running time. A shuttle bus will operate from King to Queen’s Quay looping via Adelaide, Peter and Richmond. This diversion is expected to last until the December 18 schedules, although this may be based on the original, longer project to reconstruct track all the way south to Queen’s Quay.
Four projects requiring diversions and/or cutbacks of streetcar service will complete before the October period, and normal service will resume:
- Long Branch Loop (301/501 Queen service) (Revised end date: October 28)
- Shaw Street (63 Ossington service)
- Gerrard Bridge (306/506 Carlton service)
- Dundas west of Lansdowne (505 Dundas & 306/506 Carlton services)
Starting with the November 20 schedules, Metrolinx will conduct bridge replacement work at Queen and Dufferin. During this period, the Queen services will divert via Shaw and King to The Queensway. Overhead on Dufferin and on Queen will be rebuilt during the same shutdown period.
This work is expected to complete by the December 18 schedule period.
Service on the 72B to Cherry Beach will end on Saturday, October 8.
Service on the 72A to Union Station on Sunday/Holiday evenings after 7:00pm will end on Sunday, October 2. It will resume in May 2012.
86 Scarborough and 85 Sheppard East
Zoo closing times will be earlier starting on Tuesday, October 11. Schedules for services to the Zoo will be adjusted to match.
165 Weston Road North
Weekend service to Canada’s Wonderland will end with the November 20 schedules.
Holiday Schedules for the Christmas and New Year’s Season
The December schedule period will run for three weeks beginning on Sunday, December 18 and ending on Saturday, January 7, 2012. Regular weekday operations will use the summer 2011 schedules to provide a lower than normal service except on the Yonge subway where the winter schedules will remain in effect. The late night shutdown of the Yonge line north of Eglinton will occur on some, but not all of the dates when this would usually be expected.
Starting Saturday, October 15, service on the 320 Yonge Night Bus will be improved with the addition of five trips northbound during the first two hours of service. This will reduce average loads on the buses from 65 to 38.
This is an example of a night service that operates well within the performance standards of regular daytime and evening routes, but some of its traffic depends on connections to other less well-used feeders.
Bloor-Danforth night service is also due for an increase due to crowding, but the TTC cannot afford to operate the service on this and many other routes with heavy demand.
Other changes, including some requested by York Region Transit, are detailed on the spreadsheets linked below.