Several of the service cuts implemented in November 2021 will be restored with the May 2022 schedules. This includes express service on several routes. Although planned service will be 6.2% lower than the original budget for this period, the TTC intends to resume restoration of full service through the fall to the end of the year.
Information in this article is taken from the May 8, 2022 Scheduled Service Summary and from a copy of the detailed memo on service changes which was provided by a source. Normally the TTC sends these to various people in advance, but for some unknown reason, the document has not officially been sent to the normal external recipients.
There are some conflicts between information in the two documents and I have tried to reconcile these with my own judgement about which is correct because it is not unusual for there to be discrepancies in descriptions of service changes.
Rapid Transit Services
There are no changes in rapid transit services.
- The 501H/501L Queen replacement buses for service on the west end of the route will be shortened to turn back downtown via University Avenue, Adelaide Street and York Street rather than operating to Broadview & Gerrard or Broadview Station.
- Eastbound buses will operate as 501U.
- Bus service will be provided from Birchmount, Queensway and Eglinton divisions.
- There is no change to the existing 501 Queen streetcar service between Neville Loop and Bathurst Street (Wolseley Loop), nor to the 301 Blue Night Bus operation.
- Headways on 505 Dundas and 506 Carlton will be blended to allow for the shared terminal at High Park Loop.
- The 505 Dundas routing change to High Park Loop will be officially recognized in the schedules.
- Service will be reduced during most periods on both routes as a seasonal change.
- 306 Carlton Blue Night will operate with buses to Dundas West Station.
- 509 Harbourfront: Seasonal service increase evenings and weekends.
- 512 St. Clair: Service increase on weekdays.
Routes With Express Service Changes/Restorations
- 29/929 Dufferin:
- Local service improved during most periods on weekdays.
- Weekend service rescheduled for articulated buses.
- Weekend express service restored using artics.
- 939 Finch East Express:
- Weekend service restored.
- 41/941 Keele:
- Local service changed from articulated to standard buses on weekdays with improved frequency of service.
- Midday express service restored.
- Express operation changed to articulated buses.
- 43/943 Kennedy:
- Minor service reallocation on weekday local service.
- Peak period express service restored.
- 52/952 Lawrence West:
- Service reliability adjustments weekdays
- Express peak period service improvements
- 60/960 Steeles West:
- Seasonal service reductions
- Reliability changes
- 68/968 Warden:
- Reliability changes and some weekend service improvements.
- Peak period express service restored.
- 85/985 Sheppard East:
- All 85 local service on weekends will now operate with standard sized buses rather than with artics.
- Weekend 985 express service restored.
Note: These diversions are described in the service memo, but are not reflected in the scheduled service summary.
- 31 Greenwood:
- Effective approximately May 18, service will be diverted to Coxwell Station while the loop at Greenwood Station is closed for Easier Access construction. This work will last about one year.
- 57 Midland
- Service reliability adjustments.
- Northern terminus shifted to the Redlea cul-de-sac via Steeles and Redlea.
- 365 Parliament Blue Night Bus:
- Weekend service that was removed in error in fall 2021 will be restored.
- 73 Royal York and 76 Royal York South:
- Service reliability improvements
- During some periods, the 73B Eglinton service will interline with the 76B Queensway service.
- 83 Jones
- Recovery time reallocated to the south end of the route to reduce conflicts near Donlands Station.
- 95 York Mills:
- Stops added on Durnford Road and Rylander Blvd for the 95A Port Union extension. These will be reviewed in advance of the September 2022 schedule changes.
- Service reallocation affecting some periods on the following routes:
- 16 McCowan (peak periods)
- 17 Birchmount (peak periods)
- 36B Finch West (am peak and early evening)
- 81 Thorncliffe Park (peak periods)
- Service reliability changes which generally widen headways during most or all periods:
- 30 High Park
- 31 Greenwood
- 57 Midland
- 62 Mortimer
- 77 Swansea
- 93 Parkview Hills
- Service reliability changes rebalancing driving/recovery time with no change in service level:
- 33 Forest Hill
- 101 Downsview
- Service improvements:
- 31 Greenwood (peak periods)
- 33 Forest Hill (peak and weekday midday)
- 83 Jones PM (peak periods)
- 86 Scarborough early evening Zoo shuttle (restored, seasonal)
- 92 Woodbine South (weekends, seasonal)
- 996 Wilson Express (weekday midday and pm peak)
- 175 Bluffer’s Park (restored, seasonal)
- Service reductions:
- 75 Sherbourne: AM peak and midday (seasonal)
- 600 Run As Directed: The number of crews/buses assigned to RAD service will be reduced by about one third as full scheduled service returns.
With the restructuring of bus service in the waterfront and the creation of the 121 Esplanade-River route, there is no existing route to provide seasonal service to Cherry Beach or Ontario Place. Two new routes, 172 Cherry Beach and 174 Ontario Place-Exhibition will operate instead.
172 Cherry links Union Station to Cherry Beach. It will operate from Eglinton Division.
174 Ontario Place links Exhibition Loop to Ontario Place. It will operate from Mount Dennis Division.
Details of the changes are in the spreadsheet linked below.