- The spreadsheet detailing all of the changes has been added at the end of this post.
- The number of the Mimico GO shuttle has been corrected to 176.
- Transfer arrangements at Queen & Dufferin for the 501 bus and streetcar services have been clarified.
- Transfer arrangements at Queen & Roncesvalles for the 501 and 504 bus services have been added.
Updated September 5, 2022:
- The spreadsheet listing all of the changes has been corrected for route 504 King. The original version included a description of the route carried over from the August version. This has been changed to reflect the September arrangements.
The TTC will make many changes to its scheduled service on September 4, 2022 with restorations of previous service levels on many routes. This will not get the system back to 100% of pre-pandemic levels.
An important distinction is between three values:
- The amount of service scheduled before Spring 2020
- The amount of service budgeted for 2022
- The amount of service scheduled for 2022
The TTC plans to be back to 97% of budgeted service for bus, 84% for streetcar and 92% for subway. The overall numbers are compared below.
|January 2020 Scheduled||185,825||7,068||192,893|
|September 2022 Budgeted||186,379||6,398||192,777|
|September 2022 Scheduled||177,930||4,965||182,895|
In the original 2022 service budget, the TTC planned to be back to roughly the same level of service as in January 2020 by September 2022. However, slower ridership recovery coupled with staffing constraints produced a lower scheduled service expressed as hours/week.
There are further caveats:
- The distribution of hours by time of day might not be the same in 2022 as in 2020 because of changing demand patterns.
- Changes in running times to deal with congestion or service reliability can mean that the same service hours are stretched over wider headways. Not all vehicle hours are created equal.
All that said, there are many changes in service levels, and with the bus network being back to 97%, the schedules for September 2022 are often based on old versions before service cuts were implemented. Another change for this month is the reintroduction of school trips on many routes.
Headways on both Lines 1 and 2 (YUS and BD) will improve although not yet to pre-pandemic peak levels. The table below compares August 2022, September 2022 and January 2020 service levels. An important change in September will be the provision of 6 gap trains on each line. These will be staged for filling service gaps from various locations along each route. On Line 1, with ATC (Automatic Train Control), a gap train can run very close behind a regular train because the signal system will handle the spacing.
The service memo is silent on two pending changes for Line 1: one person train operation (aka OPTO) over the entire route, and activation of ATC between Eglinton and Finch. There is a planned weekend closure on September 17 and 18 from Finch to St. Clair, but it is not clear whether this will be the cutover date. OPTO is currently in use between Vaughan and St. George, and delays are common at St. George for crew changes producing erratic service on the main part of the line.
|January 2020||August 2022||September 2022|
|Line 1 YUS|
|Line 2 BD|
Gap trains on Line 1 will be staged at Finch Station, York Mills Pocket Track, Davisville Yard (2), Lawrence West Pocket Track and Wilson Yard. The intention is to use gap trains to bring the capacity southbound to Bloor Station close to the pre-pandemic level at the height of the peak period.
On Line 2 they will be staged at Kipling Station, Keele Yard, Christie Pocket Track, Chester Pocket Track, Greenwood Yard and Kennedy Station.
There are no planned changes for Line 3 SRT nor for Line 4 Sheppard.
Many changes will come to the streetcar network in September due to construction projects beginning, continuing and ending.
Service on the Queen streetcar will be extended west and south to Dufferin Loop from the current terminus at Wolseley Loop (Bathurst).
The 501L Queen bus will be cut back to operate between Long Branch and Dufferin
looping via Gladstone, Peel and Dufferin. The arrangements for transfer connections between the streetcar and bus services have not been announced yet. There will be no 501H Humber service.
The planned looping at Dufferin has been changed. 501 buses will loop via Dufferin, Peel and Gladstone (clockwise rather than the original counterclockwise plan). A new stop will be created for the 501 bus southbound on Gladstone at Queen as the transfer point to/from streetcars in both directions.
501 cars will operate from Leslie and Roncesvalles. The 501L buses will operate from Wilson.
At Roncesvalles Carhouse, 501 cars will initially use the North Gate to enter and leave service, and they will operate via Roncesvalles, Dundas and Bathurst to route. When construction at the South Gate completes (expected in September), carhouse trips will run via Queen and use that gate. The North Gate will close for construction of the final phase of the King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles project (see route 504 below).
503 Kingston Road
With the completion of track reconstruction at King and Sumach, the 503 Kingston Road service will revert to its standard route via King west of the Don River. However, the beginning of track restoration on Adelaide Street will require the removal of service from Charlotte Loop so that the eastbound switch on Adelaide can be restored. All 503 Kingston Road service will be extended west to Bathurst and north to Wolseley Loop at Queen.
As with the 503 Kingston Road route, 504 King will resume using King Street west of the Don River, and streetcar service to Distillery Loop will resume.
At Shaw Street, a combined project of water main replacement and track renewal will close King to streetcar service and the west end of 504 streetcar service will switch to Exhibition Loop. The last stop on the route will be at Strachan Avenue, and 504 cars will lay over on the north track within Exhibition Loop to avoid blocking the 511 and 509 services. This assumes, of course, that the 504 King cars have enough running time to even reach Exhibition Loop rather than short turning at Fleet Loop. (Charlotte Loop at Spadina will not be available due to construction.)
Shuttle buses will operate between Dundas West Station and York Street diverting around construction via Atlantic, Liberty and Strachan (these streets are already used by the south end of 63 Ossington).
Reconstruction of track and transit stops on Roncesvalles will cause the 504C bus to divert from Dundas West Station.
The combination of the two diversions produces a Cook’s tour via Roncesvalles, Howard Park, Parkside, Lake Shore, Colborne Lodge, The Queensway, King, Atlantic, Liberty, Strachan and King (again) to York. The downtown loop will be via York, Richmond and University. The westbound route follows the eastbound one in reverse.
As at Dufferin Street, it is not clear where the official transfer points between the 504 and 501 services will be. New stops will be created on King Street east of The Queensway for use by 504 buses in both directions.
One thing is clear from the planned route, however: King Street will be open again at Queen/Queensway.
Where the eastbound transfer point will be is a mystery.
The 504C buses will operate from Birchmount and Queensway. I hope that the operators do not get lost.
505 Dundas streetcar service will return to Dundas West Station from its temporary terminal at High Park Loop. The schedule from March 2021 will be used.
The temporary diversion for reconstruction of Carlton and Church will complete, but a larger diversion for the College Street rebuilding project will begin. 506 Carlton cars will divert both ways via Bay, Dundas and Ossington. Shuttle bus service will operate between Ossington and Castle Frank Stations via Ossington, College/Carlton and Parliament diverting around the College Street project as needed as this moves along the street from Bay to west of Bathurst (Manning Avenue).
The 506C buses will operate from Eglinton.
Seasonal service additions on weekends will be removed and service will revert to March 2022 schedules. There is no change to weekday service.
Service will be improved during weekday and weekend periods with a move back to the May 2022 schedules.
512 St. Clair
Service will be improved during weekday and weekend periods with a move back to May 2022 schedules. Travel and recovery time for early morning trips from Leslie Barns to Gunns Loop will be extended.
The allocation of routes to carhouses is shown below.
The number of “600 Run as Directed” (RAD) bus crews will be expanded with 14 additional crews on weekdays, 33 on Saturdays, and 28 on Sundays.
School Trips Restored/Adjusted
The following routes will have their school trips restored and/or adjusted to allow for new school timetables.
- 11 Bayview
- 12 Kingston Road
- 15 Evans
- 25 Don Mills
- 44 Kipling South
- 45 Kipling
- 48 Rathburn
- 50 Burnhamthorpe
- 51 Leslie
- 56 Leaside
- 68 Warden
- 70 O’Connor
- 84 Sheppard West
- 91 Woodbine
- 95 York Mills
- 106 Sentinel
- 111 East Mall
- 112 West Mall
- 161 Rogers Road
- 165 Weston Road North
- 167 Pharmacy North
- 24 Victoria Park reverts to January 2020 schedules
- 26 Dupont reverts to October 2021 schedules on weekdays and Sundays
- 29 Dufferin reverts to May 2022 schedules
- 32 Eglinton West reverts to May 2022 schedules. This backs out extra running time that was added for the Eglinton West LRT tunnel project.
- 34 Eglinton East will receive additional early PM peak service by conversion of westbound dead head trips from Eglinton Garage to revenue service between 2:45 and 3:45 pm.
- 38B Highland Creek and 938 Highland Creek Express service will be restored to serve UTSC using September 2021 schedules.
- 40 Junction/49 Bloor West: Planned construction at Kipling Station has been deferred to 2023 and the interline of these routes implemented in August will be dropped. Schedules will revert to May 2022.
- 41 Keele service will be improved during the early evening on Saturdays.
- 51 Leslie service will be improved during some periods with offsetting reductions at times of lower demand.
- 52 Lawrence West reverts to October 2021 schedules.
- 60 Steeles West service will be reallocated from the midday to the peak periods to match demand, and to support related changes on the 960 express service.
- 66 Prince Edward will receive improved service in the early PM peak from 2pm northbound to match rider demand.
- 110 Islington South reverts to January 2020 schedules.
- 123 Sherway will receive improved service during many periods to serve rider demand.
- 134 Progress reverts to September 2021 schedules.
- 176 Mimico GO service will be restored with times adjusted to current GO schedules.
- 905 Eglinton East Express service will be improved on weekdays and Saturdays using May 2022 schedules.
- 927 Highway 27 Express service will be improved on weekdays using January 2022 schedules.
- 939 Finch Express service will be improved on weekdays and Saturdays using May 2022 schedules.
- 30 High Park service into the park ends.
- 75 Sherbourne service will be improved for demand at the George Brown waterfront campus, although not to its former service level as the campus will also be served by 65 Parliament.
- 86 Scarborough Zoo shuttle hours will be changed to reflect Terra Lumina events and the fall hours of the Zoo itself.
- 92 Woodbine South weekend services will revert to March 2022 schedules.
- 102 Markham Road will revert to October 2021 schedules to serve Centennial College.
- 174 Ontario Place service ends (it has already been suspended for the duration of the CNE).
- 35B Jane via Hullmar service will be removed from Peter Kaiser Gate and Steeles west of Jane.
- 42 Cummer will revert to February 2020 schedules and will no longer divert between Bayview and Leslie. The route will now be operated from McNicoll.
- 46 Martin Grove will receive additional service to handle demand between 2:00 and 3:00 pm, and between 11:30 and 11:50 pm weekdays.
- 54 Lawrence East midday service will be adjusted to balance recovery times on the two branches.
- 320 Yonge Night Bus will have service removed and added during various periods to match demand.
- 929 Dufferin Express buses will all terminate at Dufferin Loop.
- 960 Steeles West Express stops at New Westminster will be removed both ways. Stops will be added eastbound at Petrolia, Alness (East side), Hidden Trail and Torresdale. Stops will be added westbound at Thurman, Conley, Alness, and Tandem. These changes are in response to a review of local and express ridership.
Service Reliability Changes
- 44 Kipling South and 944 Kipling South Express
- 45 Kipling and 945 Kipling Express
- 47 Lansdowne
- 84 Sheppard West and 984 Sheppard West Express
- 100 Flemingdon Park (weekdays)
- 131 Nugget
Amazon Fulfillment Centre
The looping arrangements for 53/953 Steeles East and 102 Markham Road will be changed to standardize the routes serving the Amazon Fulfillment Centre.
65/365 Parliament Extension
As previously approved in the 2022 Service Plan, the 65/365 Parliament services will be extended south to Queens Quay looping at George Brown College (the same loop used by the Bay bus).
Services That Remain Suspended
The 14x Downtown Express routes are still suspended “pending further review of investment effectiveness through the 2023 Annual Service Plan”.
508 Lake Shore is still suspended pending completion of the King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles project.
Summary of Construction Projects
The TTC now includes a summary of construction projects in its memo detailing service changes.
Here is a spreadsheet with all of the service change details: