This article is part of a continuing series tracking the behaviour of transit service on King Street during the pilot implementation of pedestrian and transit priority measures. The last update was in May, and I skipped June because there was little new to report.
Although we are now into the summer when conflicts with pedestrians and space constraints from recent takeovers of curb lanes with a variety of artworks and seating areas, travel times on King have not been affected. In fact, thanks to the re-activation of Transit Priority Signalling (TSP) at various locations on July 7, travel times have actually dropped during some periods.
Peak Travel Times
Continuing the tradition of these articles, here is the travel time chart for the 50th (median) and 85th percentile values westbound from Jarvis to Bathurst from September 2017 to the end of July 2018.
The collection of charts for five periods during the day for the two directions are linked here:
The following service disruptions show up in the charts above for the June-July period:
- June 14, 20 and 26 eastbound: Congestion eastbound to University Avenue from 5-6pm (typically this is caused by north-south traffic blocking the intersection)
- June 26 eastbound: Service held at Church Street just before 2pm (and therefore counting in the 1-2pm travel time stats) by a fallen overhead wire.
- June 26 westbound: Service held at Peter Street at about 10:40 pm by a collision.
- July 10 westbound: Service held east of Bathurst Street at about 1:15 pm by a collision.
- July 25 westbound: Service held near Church Street just before 9 am. Reason unknown (no TTC eAlert was issued).