TTC Service Changes Effective Sunday December 22, 2019

The last service changes for 2019 are all seasonal service adjustments for the Christmas and New Year holidays. These will be in place for two weeks with the next changes to occur on January 5, 2020. The details for January are not out yet.

Many routes will drop back to their summer service levels on weekdays between December 23 and January 3.

In anticipation of shopping traffic additional standby service will be provided on the Saturday and Sunday before Christmas, and on Boxing Day.

There are a few cases where the changes reduce running times, and this could affect service reliability. I have asked for comment from the TTC on this, but have not received a reply.

The routes in question are: 16 McCowan, 34 Eglinton East, 47 Lansdowne, 90 Vaughan and 125 Drewry.


2 thoughts on “TTC Service Changes Effective Sunday December 22, 2019

  1. Steve, in your service changes listings, you have quietly left out the fact that brand new multi-billion dollars Bombardier streetcars (that’s billion with a B) have been put out of service due to failing brake systems and don’t forget that the vast majority of these brand new streetcars have already been recalled and all this in spite of these being delivered years late. Either don’t buy any more streetcars or don’t buy from Bombardier. With failing brake systems, these Bombardier streetcars are simply not safe to put on the road.

    Steve: You don’t know what you are talking about.

    First off the cars do not have “failing brake systems”. The problem appears to be from bad track/pavement that caused the track brakes to strike the rail or concrete shearing off the mounts. This is not a vehicle problem. Note that these are not the primary braking systems of the car, but are used for cases where rails are slippery and for emergency stops.

    Second, approximately 70 of 204 cars were recalled for welding issues with the frames that were not considered dangerous to current operations. Most of the affected cars remain in service and the work is being done on a multi-year rotating basis. That’s not a “vast majority” by any stretch, although I will agree that a quality control problem of that magnitude should have been caught and fixed much earlier in the manufacturing run.


  2. Wondering why line 2 is the only one getting service reduced during the holidays and summer. I don’t think the TTC is recognizing huge spike in number of riders taking Bloor-Danforth line. It is becoming unmanageable during the peak period.

    Steve: It has been like this for some time. Only BD gets the seasonal cut.


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