April 2018 brings several adjustments to TTC schedules, but nothing like the upheaval of February’s streetcar/bus changeovers or the subway opening of December 2017.
After a long absence, streetcars will return to The Queensway subject to construction at Humber Loop reaching a point where this is physically possible. Schedules on the 66 Prince Edward and 80 Queensway buses will revert to the pre-construction route configurations with the following effects:
- 66A Prince Edward buses will terminate at Humber Loop rather than running east to the on street Ellis/Windermere loop.
- 80B Queensway buses will terminate at Humber Loop rather then at Keele Station late weekday evenings and on Sundays.
The TTC’s service memo does not set out the arrangements for the 501L buses to Long Branch connecting with the 501 streetcars, or where the east end of the bus shuttle will be. Details of the bus operations will be announced closer to the start of the new schedules.
Through 501 Queen streetcar service to Long Branch will be scheduled for the May 13, 2018 board period.
The 512 St. Clair streetcar will become an officially low-floor route with all off-peak service designated to receive Flexity cars. Peak period extras will become fully low-floor as new cars are available. The service frequencies are almost identical to the current schedules.
As approved in November 2017, two routes will lose late evening service because their ridership is below the 10 riders per bus hour standard. These are:
- 5 Avenue Road all days
- 169 Huntingwood weekends
The 73B Royal York to La Rose Avenue branch will lose its weekend late evening service at the end of 2018 when construction at Royal York Station and the current interline between the two Royal York routes (73/76) ends.
The 94 Wellesley bus will lose its direct subway access at Wellesley Station during elevator construction. The 94B service which normally terminates at this station will be extended to loop around Queen’s Park as 94C. On street stops at Yonge and Wellesley will require transfers for token/ticket/cash users as at other stations where surface routes do not have a closed connection to the subway. This arrangement is expected to last until December 2018.
Minor changes in routes serving Pioneer Village station will ensure that last buses provide a connection with the last northbound subway train.
Several routes have minor changes in service levels and/or running times for construction (Metrolinx projects), adjustments to demand and correction of timings to match actual conditions.