The February 2014 schedules bring only minor changes on the system.
A new “walking transfer” will be added between services in the south end of Liberty Village and Exhibition Loop. This will link 63 Ossington at Atlantic and Liberty Streets to the 511 Bathurst, 509 Harbourfront and 29 Dufferin routes at Exhibition Loop.
Walking transfers are a quaint part of the TTC’s fare system where connections are permitted between routes that do not actually meet, but which operate nearby. This practice (and the rules governing where it is allowed) will not be needed as an exception within the overall system if the TTC moves to time-based fares.
A temporary Dufferin Street bridge will allow 29 Dufferin service to resume its operation into the park. Service will be the same as in March 2013.
York Region Contracted Services
These changes are at York Region’s request.
The last afternoon peak trip of the 17A Birchmount route north of Steeles will be eliminated. This trip now leaves Steeles northbound at 6:53, and returns from Royal Crest southbound at 7:06.
The last late Sunday evening trip of the 102 Markham Road route north of McNicoll will be eliminated. This trip now leaves Nashdene & Markham at 11:14 pm and returns from Mount Joy GO Station at 11:42 pm.
An earlier trip will be added to 105B Dufferin North from Major Mackenzie on weekday mornings. This trip will depart southbound at 6:29 am.
Pearson Airport Night Services
300 Bloor Danforth and 307 Eglinton West will change to use the same sequence of serving terminals as the daytime 192 Airport Rocket and 58 Malton routes. There will be no change in service levels, but scheduled times at stops will be altered by the new routing.
Other Service and Route Changes
142 Downtown Avenue Road Express was changed in late December by the elimination of a trial extension of its downtown loop west to Peter Street. This is now formally implemented in the scheduled route.
Service on 509 Harbourfront will be reduced in response to lower riding, and schedules will be changed to “improve reliability” with additional recovery time.
Service on some routes will be modified by adjustment of running and recovery times to improve reliability. Service levels are not affected, but some trip times will change.
- 41 Keele will be modified in the evening on weekdays.
- 30 Lambton will be modified during many periods, and recovery time will be shifted to Kipling Station to reduce bus idling at High Park Station.
- 73 Royal York will be modified during peak periods.
Service to the Zoo on 86 Scarborough and 85 Sheppard East will be modified to reflect the change in closing time to 6:00 pm effective March 1, 2014. Last trips will leave the Zoo at about 7:00 pm.
Service on 91 Woodbine will be changed on weekends to improve reliability with headways on both the 91C York Mills and 91A Parkview Hills branches changing from 20 to 24 minutes to provide extra running time.