In the February 2022 service changes, the TTC will begin to restore some of the pandemic-era service cuts. Many of the affected routes are comparatively short and operate on headways where the removal of one or two buses made a big change in the level of service. At the same time, running times on some routes will be adjusted for reliability including some cases where service is improved by reducing round times.
The total amount of service remains below the budgeted level by 1.8 per cent in light of reduced operator availability.
About 20 crews remain open at each division, and they would be staffed using spare operators or overtime.
Vehicle occupancy standards will be changing for the purpose of planning service levels. I will discuss the TTC’s plans for the timing of service improvements in a separate budget update article to be published soon.
The TTC will be modifying the vehicle occupancy standard in the February board period in preparation for projected increases in ridership in Q2 2022 (50% of pre-pandemic levels) and Q3 2022 (70% of pre-pandemic levels). The vehicle occupancy standard will be adjusted to 80% of pre-pandemic levels or approximately 40 customers per bus in the AM and PM peak periods (measured at the peak point, peak direction, peak hour for each period). In addition, to accommodate this increase in customer demand, service hours are also budgeted to increase in Q2 2022 to 100% of pre-pandemic levels.
There is only one change on the subway. The step-back crewing for One Person Train Operation (aka OPTO) on the Spadina Subway at St. George Station will be changed to a double step-back to give operators more time between trains and reduce delays.
The following changes will occur on streetcar routes:
- 501 Queen:
- Streetcar service is restored via Queen to Wolseley Loop at Bathurst Street. It will be further extended to Sunnyside Loop in May.
- The travel times on the bus service between Broadview and Humber/Long Branch will be reduced. No buses will be removed from the schedule, and headways will improve.
- 505 Dundas:
- The temporary extension to Woodbine Loop has been removed.
- Four AM bus trippers from Broadview Station that originate from 100 Flemingdon Park have been restored.
- Service to Broadview Station will resume with the schedule change in late June. (Presumably this will also see 504 King return to Broadview Station as well, although it is not explicitly mentioned in the TTC’s service change memo.)
- 506 Carlton:
- Streetcar service is restored over the full route following sewer construction on Coxwell Avenue.
- Four AM peak bus trippers from Main Station that originate on 23 Dawes, 24 Victoria Park and 67 Pharmacy have been restored.
The total number of buses operating on streetcar routes has been reduced:
- AM peak: From 88 to 83 (net of 8 restored trippers on 505 and 506)
- PM peak: From 81 to 66
The TOInview infrastructure project map now includes the reconstruction of streetcar track on Adelaide from Charlotte Street to Yonge Street as a 2022-23 project. This is part of the Ontario Line diversion, but it also will give eastbound service a bypass for events on King and Queen between Spadina and Church. The addition of a southbound track on York Street is not yet listed on TOInview.
The following routes will see changes, most of which are service restorations to fall 2021 levels.
- 8 Broadview: Schedules changed for reliability. Late evening headway increases from 20 to 30 minutes on all days.
- 9 Bellamy: Service improvement weekdays during the peaks, midday and early evening.
- 11 Bayview: An AM peak tripper removed in error in December has been restored.
- 12 Kingston Road: Service improvements during weekday peaks, Saturday morning, Sunday morning and afternoon.
- 20 Cliffside: Service improvements during all periods except Monday to Saturday late evening, and Sunday evenings.
- 22 Coxwell: Running times increased and service reduced during most periods.
- 23 Dawes, 24 Victoria Park and 67 Pharmacy: Trippers interlined with 506 Carlton restored.
- 25 Don Mills: AM peak trippers removed. School trips restored.
- 42 Cummer: Peak period service improvement. 42C Victoria Park service restored.
- 45 Kipling: Service rebalanced between Steeles and Belfield branches so that matching headways operate on each branch.
- 50 Burnhamthorpe: Service improvements during all daytime periods and weekday early evenings.
- 57 Midland: Service improvements weekdays all day except midday, Saturdays except late evening and Sunday daytime.
- 61 Avenue Road North: Service improvements weekday peak periods and midday.
- 76 Royal York South: School trips restored.
- 78 St. Andrew’s: Service improvement during weekday peaks.
- 100 Flemingdon Park: Four AM peak trippers interlined with 505 Dundas restored.
- 161 Rogers Road: Service improved during all periods on weekdays, offset by service reductions in some periods on weekends.
- 168 Symington: Service improved during all periods on weekdays, offset by service reductions in some periods on weekends.
- 925 Don Mills Express: Weekend operation restored.
- 600 Run as Directed: Weekday crews reduced. Weekend crews substantially increased. Although this is not explicitly mentioned, weekend subway shutdowns for maintenance and construction will resume in February.
- 300 Bloor-Danforth Night Bus: Several trippers have been added, especially on Sundays, to deal with crowding on trips in the period before the subway opens.
Details of these changes are in the spreadsheet linked below.