This article continues the presentation of service changes effective May 10, 2020 with further details of the published levels of service on various routes. It should be read in conjunction with the original article which contains the originally announced changes.
Information here applies only to:
- Weekday service
- Routes where the service level was not specified in the original announcement, or where the published timetable varies from what was in the announcement.
There is a very important caveat about the level of service shown in the TTC’s timetables. Because of the volume of work to reschedule the system, several routes will actually operate on wider headways (the time between vehicles) than the timetables show. The reason for this is that although there may be new schedules in many cases, the TTC also pared down service by selective cancellation of some trips and crews so that fewer vehicles are needed than originally planned.
This shows up in the online timetable as gaps in what would otherwise be a regular headway. As an example, a route might be planned for a 6 minute headway with vehicles at:
9:00 9:06 9:12 9:18 9:24 9:30 9:36 9:42 9:48
However, careful examination of the timetables shows that some trips are missing and the timetable might actually read:
9:00 9:06 9:18 9:30 9:36 9:40 9:48
The plan is for Transit Control to manage service by running these lines on headways appropriate to the number of vehicles available.
Some routes may change from their scheduled service level as experience is gained with crowding levels, and the schedule change in late June will include adjustments for this.
Finally, some routes will have extra service allocated from a pool of spare buses and streetcars as needed. However, these vehicles will not appear on apps or TTC displays of predicted service because NextBus (the data source for all of the apps) does not track vehicles that are not in the schedule.
Updated May 11, 2020 at 11:00 pm:
Known problems with the May schedules:
- The running time allocated for 501 Queen cars west of Humber Loop is too short to be operated until mid-evening. During the affected periods, there will be a bus shuttle on Lake Shore. The weekday and weekend services are affected, but not the Holiday schedule on Victoria day when separate streetcar services will operate on the Queen and Long Branch sections of the route.
- With the removal of the 953 Steeles East Express, there is no scheduled peak period service to Staines Road because this was formerly provided by the 953. Unscheduled run-as-directed (RAD) buses are being operated to fill in.
- With the removal of the 945 Kipling Express, the remaining scheduled 45A local service to Steeles during the peak period is very infrequent.
Updated May 13, 2020 at 6:15 am:
- A reader reports that the TTC is supplementing the Kipling service to Steeles with extra buses running as 45A. They do not appear in NextBus predictions.
Route Level Details
Here is a route-by-route rundown of updated information about service frequencies. Note that this information may not correspond to service actually operated. If a route is not listed here, then the changes described in the original article still apply.
An updated version of the full chart of changes is here:
In this chart, the areas colour coded as “GTFS” (mauve) contain information taken from the electronic version of schedules initially as published by the TTC through the Toronto Open Data Portal, and later verified against timetables on the TTC’s site when they went “live” on May 10.
In some cases the original service announcement did not include a service design, only the number of vehicles to be assigned. From the actual schedules, one can tell there is no change in the headways, but fewer buses are used to take advantage of faster travel times.
Routes in this group are:
- 11 Bayview (one AM peak tripper dropped)
- 24 Victoria Park (one AM peak tripper dropped)
- 25 Don Mills
- 32 Eglinton West
- 42 Cummer
- 43 Kennedy
- 56 Leaside (one AM peak tripper dropped)
- 67 Pharmacy
- 68 Warden
- 79 Scarlett Road
- 86 Scarborough
- 88 South Leaside
- 123 Sherway (except PM peak on 123C to Long Branch which changes from every 16 to every 19 minutes)
In some cases the original service announcement showed a new service design, but the published schedules show the same level of service as in April. A quick review of service actually operating in the AM peak on May 11 suggests that it is the April schedules which are in effect, not the announced May changes.
|AM Peak||PM Peak||Midday||Early Eve||Late Eve|
|5 Avenue Road|
|5 Avenue Road|
|10 Van Horne|
|61 Avenue Road North|
|72B Pape to Union|
|72C Pape to Commissioners|
|74 Mount Pleasant|
|94A Wellesley to Ossington Stn|
|94C Wellesley to Wellesley Stn|
|105 Dufferin North|
|111 East Mall|
|160 Bathurst North|
In some cases the published service plan is different from the originally announced change.
|AM Peak||PM Peak||Midday||Early Eve||Late Eve|
|40A Junction to Kipling|
|40B to Jane|
|49 Bloor West|
|66A Prince Edward to Humber|
|66B Prince Edward to Lakeshore|
|76A Royal York South to Lake Shore|
|110C Islington South|
|116A Morningside to Conlins|
|116 Morningside to Kingston Rd|
|116C Morningside to Finch|
|129A McCowan N to Major Mac|
|129B McCowan N to Steeles|
|161 Rogers Road|
- The announced service is every 10 minutes from Neville to Humber all day.
- The scheduled service is every 7 minutes.
- Actual service is operating with the streetcars concentrated between Neville and Humber, and buses between Humber and Long Branch.
Updated May 11, 11:00 pm: Late evening service runs through to Long Branch just as it did in the April schedule. The problem is that the May schedule used a running time from Humber to Long Branch much shorter than it is possible to achieve (well under 10 minutes). This schedule cannot be operated, and so the service turns back at Humber until mid-evening. The same problem affects the weekend schedules, but on Victoria Day, the scheduled service is on the “April” pattern with a separate streetcar service from Humber to Long Branch until mid-evening.
504 King, 505 Dundas, 506 Carlton and 509 Harbourfront:
- These routes have the same scheduled level of service in May but with fewer streetcars than in April. It is not yet clear what headway the TTC will actually operate on these routes in May.
- Bus trippers scheduled during peak periods on Dundas and Carlton have been cut as planned.
- AM peak and midday service on Spadina are scheduled at the same frequency in May as in April.
- PM peak service had two cars every 9’40” alternating on the Union and Queens Quay branches in April, but only one car every 10 minutes to Union on the schedule.
512 St. Clair
- AM peak service changes from every 4 to every 6 minutes on the schedule.
- PM peak service changes from every 4½ to every 6 minutes on the schedule.