The TTC will make changes on several of its routes in the schedules taking effect Thanksgiving weekend. Among the updates, the major groups are:
- Changes to 116 Morningside, 86 Scarborough and 12 Kingston Road related to the implementation of the bus-only lanes on Eglinton, Kingston Road and Morningside.
- Restoration of service on 905 Eglinton East and 986 Scarborough express services, also as part of the bus-only lane implementation.
- A substantial increase in the number of 600-series crews (run as directed buses) to provide service for school trips.
- Service cuts on certain routes during poor-performing periods.
- Removal of seasonal services.
Eglinton East Bus Lanes
The travel time savings have two effects on routes, sometimes a mixture of both:
- Reduced travel times allow the same level of service to be provided by fewer buses.
- Reduced travel times allow service improvements by retaining the existing allocation of buses.
Service on the 86/986 Scarborough corridor will improve during peak periods with the return of the express service. The total number of buses operating on the two routes will be increased, even though running time savings allow some reductions in the number of buses allocated.
Weekday midday and early evening service on 86 Scarborough will be reduced by the elimination of the 86B Highland Creek service.
During all other periods, there is generally a reduction of one bus on 86 Scarborough but no change in service levels. This is made possible by the anticipated faster travel times on the reserved lanes.
The 986 Express service is restored at approximately the same service level as in March 2020, but with one less bus because of travel time savings.
On 116 Morningside, there are minor improvements in service during some periods by using the same vehicles on shorter travel times.
The 905 Express service is restored with the same number of vehicles as in the March 2020 schedules except for the AM peak and midday weekdays. This provides slightly more frequent service during all periods except the AM peak (when it is unchanged) due to reduced trip times.
The 12D Kingston Road to UTSC service will be slightly improved in the PM peak by the addition of one bus. It will also have more, not less, travel time than in the previous schedule and will have generous layover/recovery provisions. It is not clear why the TTC does not simply improve the service and trim the layovers which total over 20 minutes per round trip.
The following seasonal services will not run after Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 12, 2020:
- 121D Front-Esplanade service to Ontario Place and Cherry Beach
- 175 Bluffers Park
The 92 Woodbine South route will revert to its winter schedule due to reduced travel to Woodbine Beach.
Some routes will have service trimmed during periods of light demand to free up resources for the 600 demand-responsive services.
- 38 Highland Creek weekday late evening
- 42 Cummer AM peak and weekday late evening
- 51 Leslie AM and PM peak
- 56B Leaside to Brentcliffe AM and PM peak service removed with partly offsetting improvements to 56A Leaside to Eglinton Station.
- 121 Front-Esplanade moves to a 30 minute headway all day on weekdays.
- 122 Graydon Hall AM peak
- 134 Progress: All off peak service will operate as 134D to Finch via Centennial College, and articulated buses assigned to some runs on this route will be replaced with standard sized buses.
- 900 Airport Express early and late weekday evening
- 927 Highway 27 Express weekday midday
53A Steeles East will have scheduled peak service restored correcting an error when the 953 Steeles Express (which formerly provided this service) was suspended.
During the period when 505 Dundas cars are looping via Lansdowne, College and Ossington due to construction, a 505S shuttle bus will operate between Lansdowne and Ossington on Dundas.
512 St. Clair has operated with a irregular headways due to cancelled runs. These will be restored resulting in much more even scheduled service.
Details of the October changes are in this spreadsheet.
Coming in Mid-November
The mid-November schedule changes will include restoration of the following express services:
902 Markham Road, 929 Dufferin, 935 Jane, 941 Keele, 945 Kipling, 952 Lawrence West, 954 Lawrence East, 996 Wilson
No details about service levels have been released yet.
The TTC plans to restore the remaining express routes in early 2021.