Updated August 15, 2016: The detailed table of service changes has been added to this article.
September 2016 will see a return to the “winter” schedules on most TTC routes. Despite talk of service cuts in the budget process, the new schedules include some improvements to correct for operational problems on a few routes, and to better handle existing demand. The scheduled mileage for September is actually above the budget level due to greater than anticipated requirements for diversions and extra vehicles to deal with construction projects.
Subway and RT Service
Effective in September, the St. Clair West short turn operation on 1 Yonge-University-Spadina will be extended north to Glencairn during the AM peak. Schedules will be adjusted to reflect actual operating conditions, but headways will remain at the winter level of 2’21”. The total trains in service will rise from 50 to 54. (Service on this line was not cut for summer 2016.)
Service on the 2 Bloor-Danforth will return to fall levels after the summer cuts.
Reduced peak service on the 3 SRT with 5 trains on a 5’00” headway will continue into 2017 to allow renovation of the fleet. Service on 131 Nugget will be improved to compensate for the lost capacity on the SRT.
506 Carlton service will continue a split bus/streetcar operation on weekdays, with full bus operation on weekends, due to watermain and streetscape work by the City at both ends of the route. Buses will operate over the regular 506 route (ending at Keele Station in the west) as diversions around construction are no longer needed.
514 Cherry service will be improved during the midday from 15′ to 10′ by the addition of three cars. This change does not address problems with inadequate running time on the route. The additional service is considered as “temporary” pending conversion of the line to Flexity operation in mid 2017.
512 St. Clair streetcar service will return from St. Clair West Station to Keele (Gunn’s Loop). Bus operation will continue between Oakwood Loop and St. Clair Station, and it will load on street at St. Clair West Station because the east ramp remains under construction. 126 Christie and 33 Forest Hill will continue to operate as a single route for the same reason. 90 Vaughan buses will return to St. Clair West station.
502 Downtowner and 503 Kingston Road Tripper will continue to operate with streetcars.
509 Harbourfront and 511 Bathurst will revert to using Fleet Loop as their western terminus pending completion of construction at Exhibition Loop.
504 King will return to a mix of bus and streetcar operation with buses for peak period trippers. This situation is expected to continue until mid-2017 and the arrival of more new streetcars.
501 Queen service will be modified on Lake Shore Blvd. with additional running time and one extra car during peak periods and early evenings to compensate for traffic congestion.
Eglinton Crosstown Construction
Service on four routes will be changed to limit the effects of construction on Eglinton.
34 Eglinton East will gain additional branches, and will take over some of the service now provided by 100 Flemingdon Park.
- 34A buses will run from Eglinton Station to Kennedy Station as at present.
- 34B buses will run from Don Mills Road to Kennedy Station. The western loop will be via north on Don Mills, then east and south on Wynford Drive to Eglinton. (Morning and afternoon on Saturdays only.)
- 34C buses will run from Eglinton Station to Flemingdon Park. They will loop through Concord Place and then run south via the same route as 100 Flemingdon Park to Spanbridge Road. Here the buses will turn east and return north via the Flemingdon Park via Linkwood routing to St. Dennis Drive.
100 Flemingdon Park will operate all service on the 100A to Don Mills & Wynford branch. Service on 100B via Linkwood and 100C to Eglinton Station will be replaced by the revised Eglinton East bus service.
Routes 103 Mt. Pleasant North and 74 Mt. Pleasant will be consolidated into a single route 74 Mt. Pleasant between Doncliffe Loop and St. Clair Station.
Other Construction-Related Changes
With the completion of reconstruction of the Broadview Station bus roadway, all routes will revert to using the station in place of the on street loop used since late June.
The 41 Keele service will be changed to enter York U campus via the York U Busway to avoid congestion on Keele Street caused by TYSSE construction.
The 47 Lansdowne bus will revert to its standard route with completion of work at College Street.
The 71 Runnymede bus will revert to its standard routing with the completion of water and road works between Lambton and Eglinton. The schedules on 71 Runnymede and 77 Swansea will be adjusted to reflect actual operating conditions peak periods and weekday middays, and interlined operation between these routes will cease.
Weekday daytime service to Cherry Beach provided by 121C Fort York-Esplanade will end with all buses operating as 121A to the Distillery District. Evening and weekend service will continue to be provided to the beach. This is the same arrangement as used in past years for Cherry Beach service by routes 72 and 172.
The 191 Highway 27 Rocket will be restructured with two branches: 191C to Humber College via Atwell Drive and 191D to Steeles via Royalcrest (peak only).
New express stops will be added on some routes:
- 195 Jane Rocket will stop at Exbury Road/Chalkfarm Drive and at Grandravine Drive/Frith Road.
- 24E Victoria Park Express will stop an Gordon Baker Road and at Consumers Road.
- 186 Wilson Rocket will stop at Westhumber Boulevard and Martin Grove Road to improve transfer connections with 46 Martin Grove.
The 134 Progress bus will be temporarily rerouted to avoid delays by CPR at a level crossing on Tapscott Road between McNicoll Avenue and Newgale Gate. Service will be diverted via Finch Avenue East and Markham Road and headways will widen from every 20 minutes to every 24 minutes. Four bus stops on Tapscott will be removed from service.
Summer service levels will remain on 198 UTSC Rocket “due to a scheduling error” (TTC’s words). This will be corrected in the next set of schedules after Thanksgiving.
New Route Numbers
To make room for 5 Eglinton Crosstown, the Avenue Road bus will now use route number 13.
The Bathurst Night Bus will now use route number 307 to match the daytime service.