The TTC budget provides for a spring and a fall round of service improvements in 2013. In the “March” schedule period (which actually starts at the end of the month), service hours will increase by about 1%. After a dip for the seasonal reductions over the summer, the September budget includes another 1% increase with a few smaller increments in October and November.
Almost all of the current round of improvements are in off-peak periods because of the limited number of spare vehicles for better peak service.
2013.03.31 Service Changes
The February schedule period brings only minor changes to TTC service.
The 192 Airport Rocket will be rerouted northbound to use Highway 427 rather than Highway 27, and buses on this route now have luggage racks opposite the rear doors. For more information on the background to these changes, see TransitToronto’s article.
The schedule for 38 Highland Creek will be revised to minimize layovers at the loop at UTSC and resulting conflicts in bus traffic.
The schedule for 41 Keele will be revised to remove some of the additional running time provided for construction delays at Finch West Station.
The 123 Shorncliffe route’s crew break and relief point will be moved from Sherway Gardens to Kipling Station to reduce time lost by these changeovers.
The schedule for 90 Vaughan will be revised to shift some layover time from the north to the south end of the route to avoid having buses blocking traffic at the north loop.
The following routes have running time adjustments. These consist of changing layover times into driving time with no alteration in scheduled service:
- 49 Bloor West
- 54 Lawrence East
- 168 Symington
The following routes have time point adjustments that are meaningful only in the sense of measuring whether a bus is “on time” at intermediate locations along the routes.
- 25 Don Mills
- 26 Dupont
- 34 Eglinton East
- 100 Flemingdon Park
- 30 Lambton
- 56 Leaside
- 51 Leslie
- 67 Pharmacy
- 53 Steeles East
- 112 West Mall
- 95 York Mills
Service improvements are planned for many routes effective March 31, 2013. These will be covered in a separate article.