In the first part of this series, I will review service reliability from the point of view of travel times across the “pilot” area between Bathurst and Jarvis Streets. In the second part, I will turn to reliability from the point of view of headways consistency and service gapping. Finally, I will turn to service capacity.
As I have worked through the data, I cannot help having the sense of looking back at a very different city, one that had busy streets full of transit riders. This will return, eventually, but it will be a long climb that has much more to do with scientific advances in disease control than transportation planning.
The effect of the city’s shutdown is evident in data for March 2020 as traffic and riding disappeared, and so, to some extent, did service.
Service changes during this period affecting the King Street corridor included:
- November 25, 2019:
- The 14x Express routes were shifted to King Street from Richmond and Adelaide Streets to use a less-congested path through the core area.
- Two Christmas extras were added on 504 King between Charlotte Loop (Spadina) and the Distillery.
- Service on 503 Kingston Road was improved by the consolidation of 502 Downtowner and 503 Kingston Road as one route.
- January 2020:
- 508 Lake Shore operated, for a time, with buses in place of streetcars due to a shortage of vehicles.
- Mid-March 2020 (reduced riding and staff availability):
- 504 King service declined.
- 503 Kingston Road service was cut back to a shuttle between Bingham Loop (Victoria Park) and Woodbine Loop (at Queen).
- 508 Lake Shore and 14x Express routes ceased operating because they are peak period trippers.