On September 1, TTC routes that had summer service cuts in May and June will revert to their regular service levels.
Several routes will have “reliability improvements”, a catch-all term for a variety of changes.
- Most commonly, the buses assigned to a route are stretched further apart on wider headways with additional driving and/or recovery time in the hope that the service will stay more on time than it is now. Whether this actually happens is a matter of conjecture because the TTC does not regular report on route performance at a granular enough level to judge the effect of schedule changes.
- In a few cases, running times are trimmed in recognition that the current schedules are excessive. This usually frees up buses that are either assigned to another branch of the same route, or which go into the pool for improvements on other routes.
- In a few cases, there are adjustments between the local and express services on a route.
The TTC has not published crowding statistics since March 2019, although this was supposed to happen quarterly.
There will be major changes on the streetcar network, notably on 501 Queen and related routes, due to construction at Kingston Road and Queen, as well as the conversion of service west of Humber Loop to 100% low-floor cars. See my previous article for more information. The service plan for the restructured routes is included in the spreadsheet linked below.
Other changes of note:
- Construction changes to 34 Eglinton East, 51 Leslie, 54 Lawrence East and 91 Woodbine related to the Crosstown project will end and these routes will resume their normal configuration.
- Running times on 36 Finch West are extended to compensate for the effects of the Finch West LRT project.
- Construction at Sheppard West Station will affect many routes there.
- The 84/984 Sheppard services will not enter the station, but will serve on-street stops.
- 101 Downsview Park, 106 Sentinel, 107 St. Regis, 108 Driftwood and the Wheel-Trans services will move to new bus bays as the work progresses.
- A temporary loop will be provided in the passenger pick-up area for use by 104 Faywood, 105 Dufferin North, 117 Alness-Chesswood and YRT services.
- With the return to fall service levels on Line 2 Bloor-Danforth, the second gap train recently introduced on that line will be removed.
Details of the service plans are in the spreadsheet here:
Various construction projects that have required buses to be added to several routes are scheduled to wind down in the coming months. Whether the buses released from construction service will actually shift to service improvements on the network as a whole remains to be seen. A basic budgetary problem for the TTC is that at least some of the extra construction service is paid for in capital project budgets, but this money is not available on an ongoing basis to run the same vehicles in day-to-day operations.