The first part of this article reviewed the evolution of transit service and riding since 2006. In brief:
- System riding grew by about 22% from 2006 to the projected demand in 2014.
- The bus fleet, after increasing by about 22% early in that period in part for the Ridership Growth Strategy (RGS), has not grown since 2009.
- The capacity of the bus fleet has dropped by about 6% as the remaining high-floor fleet was replaced with low-floor buses.
- Although RGS improved crowding standards to encourage more riding, these changes were reversed in 2012 to fit more passengers on existing vehicles.
- The streetcar fleet size has not changed at all, and peak service improvements, such as there were any, came from redeploying vehicles from routes shut down for construction projects.
Changing the level of TTC service on a broad scale is not something anyone can do overnight. More service means more buses and streetcars, more operators and more garage capacity. All of this takes more operating and capital subsidy, and a sustained commitment that lasts longer than a campaign sound-bite.