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The TTC's 1999 Service Plan - Recommended new and revised services

49 Bloor West and 50 Burnhamthorpe - New service on Mill Road

49 Bloor West and 50 Burnhamthorpe - New service on Mill Road

Origin of proposal: Councillor Kinahan
City ward: Markland-Centennial
Time periods: Seven days a week

It is recommended that new service be introduced on Mill Road between Burnhamthorpe Road and Markland Drive, to be provided by the 49 BLOOR WEST and 50 BURNHAMTHORPE routes. The new service would improve service by reducing the distance that customer in the area need to walk to their nearest bus stop.

Before 10:00 p.m., seven days a week, westbound buses on the 50 BURNHAMTHORPE route would operate from Islington Station, along Burnhamthorpe Road, south on Mill Road, west and south on Markland Drive to Bloor Street, and continue east from there on the 49 BLOOR WEST route to Kipling Station. Westbound buses on the 49 BLOOR WEST route would operate from Kipling Station, along Bloor Street, north and east on Markland Drive, north on Mill Road to Burnhamthorpe Road, and continue east from there on the 50 BURNHAMTHORPE route. Service would no longer be provided to one stop on the section of Mill Road between Markland Drive and Bloor Street.

After 10:00 p.m., seven days a week, no service is provided on the 50 BURNHAMTHORPE route. At this time, buses on the 49 BLOOR WEST route would operate from Kipling Station, along Bloor Street, north and east on Markland Drive, north on Mill Road and east on Burnhamthorpe Road to the nearby bus loop. Service would no longer be provided to one stop on the section of Mill Road between Markland Drive and Bloor Street.

The change would improve service for customers travelling to or from the area near Mill Road, as they would have a shorter walking distance to their nearest bus stop; for customers travelling from stops on Markland Drive to stops along the 49 BLOOR WEST route, as their travel time would be made shorter; and for customers on both routes who would have more frequent service available during peak periods and midday from Monday to Friday and during the daytime on Sundays. Approximately 115 customer-trips each day would have a shorter walk, approximately 5000 each day would have a shorter waiting time, and approximately 325 each day would have a shorter waiting time.

The change in weighted travel time shows that the benefit of a shorter wait for the bus, a shorter walk to the nearest stop, and a faster trip to the subway is more important to customers than the inconvenience of a longer wait for the bus and a longer walk to the nearest stop.

This change would be made without any additional operating costs.

TTC staff also evaluated a proposal to extend the 50 BURNHAMTHORPE bus to Rathburn Road via Mill Road. This change was not recommended because it would have made service worse overall for customers.

Outcome of Proposal: A 49A BLOOR WEST branch was created, running west on Bloor, north on Markland, north on Mill, east on Burnhamthorpe and south on West Mall, to operate seven days a week after 11:00 p.m. This change was implemented on February 14, 1999. Routes 49 BLOOR WEST and 50 BURNHAMTHORPE were not interlined.

307 Eglinton West - Overnight service to Pearson Airport

307 Eglinton West - Overnight service to Pearson Airport

Origin of proposal: TTC staff
City ward: Markland-Centennial, Rexdale-Thistletown
Time periods: Overnight, seven days a week.

It is recommended that the 307 EGLINTON WEST Blue Night overnight route be extended to serve Lester B. Pearson International Airport, in order to provide new overnight service to the airport.

Buses on the 307 EGLINTON WEST route now operate to an off-street loop on Eglinton Avenue, just west of Renforth Drive. With this change, buses would operate west on Eglinton Avenue, just west of Renforth Drive. With this change, buses would operate west on Eglinton Avenue, north on Renforth Drive, and north and west on Silver Dart Drive. Buses would serve the same two stops in the airport - at the site of the former Administration Building, and at Terminal 2 - that are served by the 58 MALTON route from 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., seven days a week. Buses would return via Silver Dart Drive and Renforth Drive to Eglinton Avenue.

The change would bring overnight service closer to customers travelling to or from the airport, and would reduce their walking distance to the nearest overnight bus stop. Approximately 30 customer-trips would be made each night on the new section of the route, all of which would be new to the TTC. There would be no inconvenience to any customers.

Because the change would provide new overnight service to a major destination, would attract new customers to the TTC, and would do so with no increase in operating costs, the proposal is recommended.

Outcome of Proposal: Service change implemented as proposed on February 14, 1999.

309 Finch West - Overnight service to Humberwood Loop

309 Finch West - Overnight service to Humberwood Loop

Origin of proposal: TTC staff
City ward: Rexdale-Thistletown
Time periods: Overnight, seven days a week

It is recommended that the 309 FINCH WEST Blue Night overnight route be changed to operate on Humber College Boulevard and be extended to Humberwood Loop. The change would make service better by reducing the distance that customers in the area need to walk to reach their nearest bus stop with 24-hour service.

Buses on the revised 309 FINCH WEST route would run west on Finch Avenue, south on John Garland Boulevard, west on Humber College Boulevard, west on Humberline Drive, and south on Humberwood Boulevard to the bus loop south of Upper Humber Drive.

The change would bring overnight service closer to customers living on or near Humberwood Boulevard, and would reduce their walking distance to the nearest overnight bus stop. The change would maintain overnight service on Humber College Boulevard, west of John Garland Boulevard, which is currently operated by the 319 WILSON overnight route, as described later in this section. Approximately five customer-trips would be made each night on the new section of the route on Humberwood Boulevard, and approximately 30 customer trips would be made on the section of the route now served by the 319 WILSON overnight route. Service would be made worse for customers using the stops on Finch Avenue, between John Garland Boulevard and Humberline Drive, as they would have a longer walk to the nearest overnight bus stop. Approximately 15 customer-trips are made at these stops each night.

The change in weighted travel time indicates that the benefits of this service change are more important to customers than the inconvenience, and that, overall, the change would make service better for customers.

The service change would be made with no increase in operating costs, and there would be no change to the scheduled interval between buses or the scheduled trip times.

Outcome of Proposal: Service change implemented as proposed on February 14, 1999.

74 Mt Pleasant and 103 Mt Pleasant North - Combination into one route and new service on Merton Street

74 Mt Pleasant and 103 Mt Pleasant North - Combination into one route and new service on Merton Street

Origin of proposal: Councillor Bossons; Public meeting, May 26, 1998
City ward: Midtown, North Toronto
Time periods: Monday to Saturday daytime and early evening; Sunday and holiday daytime

It is recommended that the 74 MT PLEASANT and 103 MT PLEASANT NORTH routes be combined into one route, operating between Davisville Station and Doncliffe Loop, and providing a new service on Merton Street between Yonge Street and Mt. Pleasant Road. The combination of the two routes would improve service by reducing the overall travel time for customers on the two routes, and the new service on Merton Street would improve service by reducing the distance that customers in the area need to walk to the nearest bus stop. This change will require physical changes to the Merton Street roadway to allow safe bus operation.

Buses on the new 74 MT PLEASANT route would run from Davisville Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway, south on Yonge Street, east on Merton Street, and north on Mt. Pleasant Road to Doncliffe Loop, at Glen Echo road. Service would be removed from three bus stops on Mt. Pleasant Road between Merton Street and St. Clair Avenue, and customers who now use these stops would need to walk to their next-nearest stops, either at Mt. Pleasant Road and Merton Street or at Mt. Pleasant Road and St. Clair Avenue. Customers who now use the service on Eglinton Avenue west of Mt. Pleasant Road or on St. Clair Avenue west of Mt. Pleasant Road could continue to use the other bus routes which provide service on those streets.

The change would also introduce new service during the early evening from Monday to Saturday and in the daytime on Sundays and holidays to the section of Mt. Pleasant Road between Merton Street and Eglinton Avenue, at no additional operating cost. The addition of this service in the early evening from Monday to Friday is also recommended later in this section of the report.

The change would make service better in several ways: Customers who are travelling to or from points on Merton Street west of Mt. Pleasant Road and customers who would use the new evening and Sunday service on Mt. Pleasant Road between Merton Street and Eglinton Avenue would have a shorter distance to walk to their nearest bus stop. Customers who now use the 74 MT PLEASANT route to travel to or from stops north from Merton Street would have a shorter travel time to reach the subway. Customers on both routes would have shorter waiting times, as the frequency of service would be improved at most times.

Approximately 100 customer-trips each day would have a shorter walk, approximately 420 would have a shorter travel time, and approximately 2500 would have a shorter waiting time.

The change would also make service worse for customers in several ways. Customers who now use the 74 MT PLEASANT route to travel to or from stops between St. Clair Avenue and Merton Street would have a longer distance to walk to their nearest bus stop. Customers who now use the 103 MT PLEASANT NORTH route would have a longer travel time to reach the subway. Customers who now use the 103 MT PLEASANT NORTH route in the early evening or use the 74 MT PLEASANT route at stops on St. Clair Avenue would have longer waiting times, as the service would be made less frequent.

Approximately 130 customer-trips each day would have a longer walk, approximately 1500 would have a longer travel time, and approximately 270 would have a longer waiting time.

The change in weighted travel time shows that the benefits of the change are more important to customers than the inconvenience, and that, overall, the change would make service better for customers.

Both the 74 MT PLEASANT route and the 103 MT PLEASANT NORTH route have periods of service with poor financial performance, as shown in Appendix B. The recommended change will improve service fro customers, and is expected to lead to higher ridership on the combined route. Increased revenue from the new ridership would improve the financial performance of the service on Mt. Pleasant Road, and would make the TTC's financial situation better, without changing the costs of operation.

Operation of a bus route on Merton Street is not physically possible at this time, as buses cannot safely turn from south on Mt. Pleasant Road to west on Merton Street, or from west on Merton Street to north on Yonge Street. The curbs at these intersections must be rebuilt and the stop-bar for the left turn lanes moved back before operation can begin. It is recommended that the two routes be combined early in 1999 and if the physical changes to Merton Street have not been made by then, that operation begin with buses running temporarily on Davisville Avenue.

Outcome of Proposal: The physical barriers preventing the implementation of this proposal were removed, and service would have begun on February 14, 1999. However, concerns raised by local residents caused the TTC to reconsider its decision. The proposal was not implemented, and the two routes shall continue to operate separately for the foreseeable future.

80 Queensway - Service to western beaches

80 Queensway - Service to western beaches

Origin of proposal: Councillors Korwin-Kuczynski and Miller
City ward: High Park
Time periods: Monday to Saturday daytime and early evening year round; Sunday and holiday daytime, May to September

It is recommended that the 80 QUEENSWAY route be changed to operate on Lake Shore Boulevard between Parkside Drive and Ellis Avenue. The route change would improve service by reducing the distance that customers need to walk between the western beaches and the nearest bus stop.

Buses on the 80 QUEENSWAY route now operate mostly on the Queensway, and use Lake Shore Boulevard for only the short section between Parkside Drive and Colborne Lodge Drive. There are no bus stops on Lake Shore Boulevard because of the short distance the bus travels on Lake Shore Boulevard, and the need to stay in the left lane on the eastbound trip in order to make the left turn to Parkside Drive. The route would be changed so that buses would operate on Parkside Drive, Lake Shore Boulevard, Ellis Avenue and the Queensway, in both directions. With the additional distance travelled on Lake Shore Boulevard, bus stops would be added in both directions on Lake Shore Boulevard at Colborne Lodge Drive and at Ellis Avenue. City of Toronto staff have expressed concerns about the effect that these bus stops will have on auto traffic on Lake Shore Boulevard, and TTC staff will work with City staff to minimize any adverse effect.

The change would make service better for customers travelling to and from the western beaches, as they would have a reduced walking distance. Approximately 100 customer-trips each day in the summer would have a shorter walking distance. The change would make service worse for customers who now use the stops on the Queensway at Colborne Lodge Drive, as they would have a longer walking distance to the 80 QUEENSWAY route. Approximately 15 customer-trips each day from Monday to Saturday would have a longer walking distance.

The change in weighted travel time shows that the benefit of a shorter walk is more important to customers than the inconvenience of a longer walk. This change would be an overall improvement in service for customers, and it is therefore recommended. The addition of new summer Sunday and holiday service is also recommended, later in this section of the report.

Outcome of Proposal: The bus stops were installed and the routing change began as intended on May 2, 1999. Sunday and holiday service between Keele Station and Lake Shore Boulevard ran from May 2 to September 6, 1999.

73 Royal York - New service on La Rose Avenue and Richview Road

73 Royal York -- New service on La Rose Avenue and Richview Road

Origin of proposal: Councillor Lindsay Luby
City ward: Kingsway-Humber
Time periods: Monday to Friday, peak periods

It is recommended that new service be introduced during peak periods from Monday to Friday on La Rose Avenue and Richview Road between Royal York Road and Scarlett Road. The service would be provided by a new branch of the 73 ROYAL YORK route, connecting the area to Royal York Station on the Bloor-Danforth Subway. The change will make service better by reducing the distance that customers need to walk to their nearest bus stop. The change will require that physical changes be made to roadways in the area to allow safe bus operation.

The buses on the new branch of the 73 ROYAL YORK route would run from Royal York Station, north on Royal York Road, east on La Rose Avenue, south on Scarlett Road, west on Richview Road, west on Eglinton Avenue, and would return south on Royal York Road.

The change would make service better for customers travelling to or from the residential area near La Rose Avenue and Richview Road. It is projected that the new service would be used for approximately 150 customer-trips each day, and that approximately 60 of these would be new to the TTC. One bus would be added to provide this service, and so a financial assessment was carried out. The comparison of the operating costs with the projected increase in ridership indicates that the service would meet the TTC's financial standards, and it is therefore recommended.

The cost to operate this service would be taken from the savings in operating resources on the routes which had poor financial performance, as described in Section 3 of this report. By reallocating operating resources from routes with poor financial performance to this service, more customers will be attracted to the TTC, the TTC's productivity will be increased, and the TTC's revenue will be increased, without an increase in the total cost of operations.

Operation of the recommended route is not physically possible at this time, as buses cannot safely turn from north on Royal York Road to east on La Rose Avenue, and cannot connect from Richview Road directly to Eglinton Avenue. The curb at the intersection of Royal York Road and La Rose Avenue must be rebuilt before operation can begin. A short bus-only driveway would also need to be built between the west-end cul-de-sac of Richview Road and the westbound lanes of Eglinton Avenue to allow operation of this route. If construction of the driveway is delayed, then it is recommended that the service begin with buses running temporarily on Eglinton Avenue instead of Richview Road.

TTC staff examined other options to provide service on La Rose Avenue or Richview Road, including an extension of the 32D EGLINTON WEST (Eglinton West Stn-Jane and Emmett) service; these options were not recommended because they would have resulted in an overall inconvenience for customers. TTC staff also evaluated whether service on La Rose Avenue and Richview Road should be provided also during the midday from Monday to Friday; this proposal would not meet the TTC's financial standards, and so is not recommended.

Outcome of Proposal: The minor road works at Royal York and La Rose were completed, and the route began operating on May 3, 1999. Buses run via Scarlett Road and Eglinton, instead of via Richview, during the trial period of operation. If the route is successful, the TTC will ask the City to build the Richview-Eglinton connection.

76 Royal York South - New service on Grand Avenue

76 Royal York South - New service on Grand Avenue

Origin of proposal: Councillor Jones
City ward: Lakeshore-Queensway
Time periods: Monday to Friday, peak periods

It is recommended that a new service be provided on Grand Avenue, during the peak periods from Monday to Friday. The new route south of the Queensway and east of Royal York Road would improve service by reducing the distance that customers need to walk to their nearest bus stop.

The new service would be a branch of the 76 ROYAL YORK SOUTH route, and would operate from Royal York Station, south on Royal York Road, east on the Queensway, south on Grand Avenue, west on Portland Street, and north on Royal York Road to Royal York Station.

The change would make service better for customers travelling to or from the new residential developments in the area near Grand Avenue. It is projected that the new service would be used for approximately 140 customer-trips each day, and that approximately 50 of these would be new to the TTC. One bus would be added to provide this service, and so a financial assessment was carried out. The comparison of the operating costs with the projected increase in ridership indicates that the service would would meet the TTC's financial standards, and it is therefore recommended.

TTC staff also examined another option, to change the 15 EVANS route to serve Grand Avenue. This change was found to be an overall inconvenience for customers, and so it was not recommended.

Outcome of Proposal: Service change implemented as proposed on February 14, 1999.

Rustic Road and Falstaff Avenue -- New Service

Origin of proposal: Councillor Sgro
City ward: North York Humber
Time periods: Monday to Friday, peak periods

It is recommended that a new service be introduced during peak periods from Monday to Friday on Rustic Road and Falstaff Avenue, between Keele Street and Jane Street, connecting the area to Wilson Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway. The change will make service better by reducing the distance that customers need to walk to their nearest bus stop.

Buses would run from Wilson Station, west on Wilson Avenue, south on Keele Street, west on Rustic Road, north on Culford Road, west on Falstaff Avenue, south on Maidstone Street, and would turn around on Beckett Avenue and Raven Road. This is the same route as the former 163 RUSTIC RD route followed until it was removed in February 1996 as part of the TTC's service cuts in response to cuts in funding for transit by the municipal and provincial governments.

The change would make service better for customers travelling to or from the residential area between Keele Street and Jane Street. The potential for ridership in this area is higher than it was before the 163 RUSTIC RD service was removed, because of new residential development. It is projected that the new service would be used for approximately 390 customer-trips each day, and that approximately 50 of these would be new to the TTC. One bus would be used to provide the service, and so a financial assessment was carried out. The comparison of the operating costs with the projected increase in ridership indicates that the service would meet the TTC's financial standards, and it is therefore recommended.

The cost to operate this service would be taken from the savings in operating resources on the routes which had poor financial performance, as described in Section 3 of this report. By reallocating operating resources from routes with poor financial performance to this service, more customers will be attracted to the TTC, the TTC's productivity will be increased, and the TTC's revenue will be increased, without an increase in the total cost of operations.

TTC staff examined another option, to have the new service run only on Falstaff Avenue instead of on Rustic Road and Culford Road. This alternative was projected to have a lower level of new ridership than the route which is recommended. TTC staff also evaluated whether service on Rustic Road and Falstaff Avenue should be provided also during the midday from Monday to Friday; this proposal would not meet the TTC's financial standards, and so is not recommended.

Outcome of Proposal: Service change implemented as proposed on February 14, 1999.

Rustic Road and Falstaff Avenue -- New Service

85 Sheppard East -- Direct service east of Meadowvale Road on weekends

Origin of proposal: TTC staff
City ward: Scarborough Malvern
Time periods: Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, daytime and early evening

It is recommended that the operation of the 85 SHEPPARD EAST route be changed on weekends so that a direct, no-transfer, ride can be made between points on Sheppard Avenue east and west of Meadowvale Road. The change would make service better by removing the need for customers to transfer between buses to travel along Sheppard Avenue.

A through service operates along Sheppard Avenue from Monday to Friday, running between Sheppard Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway and Rouge Hill GO Station. On Saturday and Sundays, the route is split as two separate branches, one from Sheppard Station to the Toronto Zoo and one from the Toronto Zoo to Rouge Hill GO Station. Customers who are travelling between points on Sheppard Avenue east and west of Meadowvale Road on Saturday or Sunday now need to transfer between buses on the two branches.

Buses on the combined route would run from Sheppard Station, east on Sheppard Avenue, north on Meadowvale Road to the Toronto Zoo, south on Meadowvale Road, and continue east on Sheppard Avenue toward Rouge Hill GO Station.

The change would make service better for customers who are now travelling between points east and west of Meadowvale Road, by removing the need for them to transfer between buses. Approximately 120 customer-trips each Saturday and approximately 90 customer-trips each Sunday would save a transfer. No inconvenience would be caused for any customers, and there would be no change to the costs of operation. Because the change would make service better without any inconvenience or cost, it is recommended.

TTC staff also examined another option, which would have given customers a direct ride along Sheppard Avenue without the diversion to the Toronto Zoo, but would have required customers travelling between stops on the part of the route east of Meadowvale Road and the Toronto Zoo to make a transfer. A comparison of the change in weighted travel time for the two options indicates that the option which has been recommended provides, overall, a greater benefit for customers.

Outcome of Proposal: Service change implemented as proposed on February 14, 1999.

53 Steeles East -- New service on Elson Street east of McCowan Road

53 Steeles East -- New service on Elson Street east of McCowan Road

Origin of proposal: TTC staff
City ward: Scarborough Malvern
Time periods: Monday to Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

It is recommended that the 53 STEELES EAST route be changed to provide a new service on the section of Elson Street between McCowan Road and Middlefield Road. The change would make service better for customers by reducing the distance that they need to walk to their nearest bus stop.

Buses on the 53 STEELES EAST route during the peak periods and midday from Monday to Friday would run east on Steeles Avenue, north on McCowan Road, east on Elson Street, South of Markham Road, and return west on Steeles Avenue. The current northbound operation on Middlefield Road between Steeles Avenue and Elson Street would be removed.

The change would make service better for customers who are travelling to or from points west of Middlefield Road and closer to Elson Street than to Steeles Avenue. Approximately 250 customer-trips each day would have a shorter walk. The change would cause an inconvenience for some customers who now alight at the stop at Steeles Avenue and Middlefield Road, as they would have to walk further from their nearest bus stop. Approximately 200 customer-trips each day would have a longer walk or a longer travel time.

The change in weighted travel time shows that the reduction in walking time is more important to customers than the increase in walking time or the additional in-vehicle travel time. The change would be an overall improvement in service for customers, and it is therefore recommended.

Outcome of Proposal: Service change implemented as proposed on February 14, 1999.

168 Symington -- New service on Weston Road to West Park Hospital

168 Symington -- New service on Weston Road to West Park Hospital

Origin of proposal: Councillors Nunziata and Saundercook
City ward: High Park, York Humber
Time periods: Monday to Friday, peak periods

It is recommended that the 168 SYMINGTON service be extended to serve West Park Hospital, on Buttonwood Avenue west of Weston Road, during the peak periods from Monday to Friday. The change would improve service by reducing the distance that customers in the area need to walk to their nearest bus stop. This change would require physical changes to the roadways at the hospital to allow safe bus operation.

Certain trips on the 168 SYMINGTON route would continue west from Bicknell Loop on Rogers Road, north on Weston Road, west on Dora Spencer Road, south on Charlton Settlement Avenue, and west on Buttonwood Avenue to West Park Hospital, where they would turn around. Buses would return east on Buttonwood Avenue and south on Weston Road. There would be no change to service on the remainder of the 168 SYMINGTON route.

The change would make service better for customers travelling to or from West Park Hospital, or to or from the residential area west of Weston Road. It is projected that the new service would be used for approximately 160 customer-trips each day, and that 40 of these would be new to the TTC. One bus would be added to provide this service, and so a financial assessment was carried out. The comparison of the operating costs with the projected increase in ridership indicates that the service would meet the TTC's financial standards, and it is therefore recommended.

The cost to operate this service would be taken from the savings in operating resources on the routes which had poor financial performance, as described in Section 3 of this report. By re-allocating operating resources from routes with poor financial performance to this service, more customers will be attracted to the TTC, the TTC's productivity will be increased, and the TTC's revenue will be increased, without an increase in the total cost of operations.

Operation of this route is not physically feasible at this time, as buses cannot safely turn around at West Park Hospital. A bus loop would need to be built, or changes made to the roadways at the hospital to allow buses to turn around, before operation could begin.

A proposal to operate service during the midday from Monday to Friday was also evaluated. This service would not meet the TTC's financial standards, and for this reason it is not recommended.

Outcome of Proposal: Service change implemented as proposed on February 14, 1999. A new 168B SYMINGTON branch was created for this service.

68 Warden -- Extension to Steeles Avenue

68 Warden -- Extension to Steeles Avenue

Origin of proposal: TTC staff
City ward: Scarborough Agincourt
Time periods: Seven days a week

It is recommended that the 68 WARDEN route be extended to Steeles Avenue. The change will make service better by reducing the distance that customers need to walk to reach their nearest bus stop or when transferring between routes. The change would require that a bus loop be built on Warden Avenue at Steeles Avenue.

Service on the 68 WARDEN route now operates between Warden Station and Bamburgh Circle, approximately 400 metres south of Steeles Avenue, at all times of the week. During peak periods and the midday from Monday to Friday and during the daytime on Saturdays, a less-frequent service is provided north of Bamburgh Circle, across Steeles Avenue, and continuing to 16th Avenue in the Town of Markham. Many customers who are travelling to or from points north of Bamburgh Circle or transferring to or from the 53 STEELES EAST route now walk to or from the stop at Bamburgh Circle rather than wait for the less-frequent service on Warden Avenue.

With the construction of the new bus loop, buses on the 68 WARDEN route would operate entirely on Warden Avenue, between Warden Station on the Bloor-Danforth Subway and the new loop, north of Steeles Avenue. The present operation on Bamburgh Circle would be removed.

The change would make service better for customers travelling to or from points north of Bamburgh Circle or transferring to or from the 53 STEELES EAST route. Approximately 350 customer-trips each day would have a shorter walk or a shorter waiting time. The change would make service worse for some customers who now travel to or from the stops on Bamburgh Circle. Approximately 300 customers would have a longer walk. The change in weighted travel time shows that the benefit to customers of a shorter walk to or from Steeles Avenue and improved service is greater than the inconvenience of a longer walk to or from the nearest stops on Warden Avenue, and that, overall, the change would make service better for customers.

Operation of the recommended route is not physically possible at this time, as there is no place for buses to turn around at Warden Avenue and Steeles Avenue. The TTC and Markham Transit are cooperating to build a new bus loop on the west side of Warden Avenue north of Steeles Avenue on land owned by the Town of Markham.

TTC staff also examined another option, to have buses on the 68 WARDEN route turn around on local streets north of Steeles Avenue. This change would have required that one bus be added to the route during peak periods, because of the longer time that would be taken for buses to turn around. That change would not have met the TTC's financial standard.

Outcome of Proposal: The off-street bus loop at Steeles and Warden has not yet been built, and this proposal has not yet been implemented.

319 Wilson -- Overnight service on Martin Grove Road north of Finch Avenue

319 Wilson -- Overnight service on Martin Grove Road north of Finch Avenue

Origin of proposal: TTC staff
City ward: Rexdale-Thistledown
Time periods: Overnight, seven days a week

It is recommended that the 319 WILSON Blue Night route be changed to provide a new overnight service on Martin Grove Road north of John Garland Boulevard to Steeles Avenue. The change would make service better by reducing the distance that customers in the area need to walk to their nearest bus stop with 24-hour service.

Buses would operate over the present route to Martin Grove Road at Westhumber Boulevard, and would then operate north on Martin Grove Road and west on Steeles Avenue to the nearby bus loop. Overnight service on Humber College Boulevard would be replaced by the 309 FINCH WEST route, as described earlier in this section.

The change would bring overnight service closer to the customers living on or near Martin Grove Road, north of John Garland Boulevard, and would reduce their walking distance to the nearest overnight bus stop. Approximately 50 customer-trips would be made each night on the new section of the route, of which 20 would be new to the TTC. Service would be made worse for customers using the route west of Martin Grove Road, as they would have to use the 309 FINCH WEST overnight route, and may have to transfer to the 319 WILSON overnight route. Approximately 15 customer-trips each night would have an additional transfer.

The change in weighted travel time shows that the benefit to customers of a shorter walking distance is greater than the inconvenience of a longer walk or an additional transfer. This change would be an overall improvement in service for customers, and is therefore recommended.

The service change would be made with no increase in operating costs, and there would be no change to the scheduled interval between buses.

Outcome of Proposal: Service change implemented as proposed on February 14, 1999.

Additional periods of service on present routes

83 Jones -- Saturday service

Origin of proposal: Public meeting, May 26, 1998
City ward: Don River, East Toronto
Time periods: Saturday, daytime and early evening

It is recommended that new service be provided during the daytime and early evening on Saturdays on the 83 JONES route. The change would improve service by reducing the distance that customers in the area need to walk to their nearest bus stop.

At present, service on the 83 JONES route operates between approximately 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

It is projected that approximately 1000 customer-trips would be made on the new service during the Saturday daytime and early evening. Approximately 120 of these trips would be new to the TTC, and the remainder of these trips would be made by customers who are now using other nearby services but would choose to use the 83 JONES route in preference to their current service.

One bus would be required to provide this service, and so a financial assessment was carried out. The comparison of the operating costs with the projected increase in ridership indicates that the service would meet the TTC's financial standards, and it is therefore recommended.

The cost to operate this service would be taken from the savings in operating resources on the routes which had poor financial performance, as described in Section 3 of this report. By re-allocating operating resources from other routes with poor financial performance to this service, more customers will be attracted to the TTC, the TTC's productivity will be increased, and the TTC's fare revenue will be increased, without an increase in the total cost of operations.

TTC staff examined whether this service should be provided also at other times on weekends. Service at those times would not have met the TTC's financial standards, and so it was not recommended.

Outcome of Proposal: Service change implemented as proposed on February 14, 1999.

74 Mt Pleasant -- Monday-Friday evening service

Origin of proposal: Public meeting, May 26, 1998
City ward: North Toronto, Midtown
Time periods: Monday to Friday, early evening

It is recommended that new service be provided during the early evening from Monday to Friday on the 74 MT PLEASANT route. The change would make service better by reducing the distance that customers in the area need to walk to their nearest bus stop.

Service on the present 74 MT PLEASANT route now operates between approximately 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

It is projected that approximately 420 customer-trips would be made on the new service each day. Approximately 30 of these would be new to the TTC, and the remainder would be made by customers who are now using other nearby services but would choose to use the 74 MT PLEASANT route in preference to their current service.

One additional bus would be required to provide this service, and so a financial assessment was carried out. The comparison of the operating costs with the projected increase in ridership indicates that the service would meet the TTC's financial standards, and it is therefore recommended.

TTC staff also examined whether, on the present route, this service should be provided later in the evening from Monday to Friday, during the evening on Saturdays, or on Sundays. Service at those times would not have met the TTC's financial standards, and so it was not recommended.

In Section 3 of this report, it is recommended that the 74 MT PLEASANT and 103 MT PLEASANT NORTH routes be combined into one route, to operate between Davisville Station, on the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway, and Doncliffe Loop. This change would bring new service to the section of Mt. Pleasant Road between Merton Street and Eglinton Avenue also, at no additional cost, during the early evening on Saturdays and during the daytime on Sundays and holidays.

131 Nugget -- Sunday and holiday service

Origin of proposal: TTC staff
City ward: Scarborough City Centre, Scarborough Malvern
Time periods: Sundays and holidays, daytime

It is recommended that new service be provided on the 131 NUGGET route during the daytime on Sundays. This change would make service better by reducing the distance that customers in the area need to walk to their nearest bus stop.

At present, service on the 131 NUGGET route operates between approximately 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m., Monday to Friday, and approximately 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

It is projected that approximately 1000 customer-trips would be made each Sunday on the new service. Approximately 210 of these would be new to the TTC, and the remainder of these trips would be made by customers who are now using other nearby services but would choose to use the 131 NUGGET route in preference to their current service.

Three additional buses would be required to provide this service, and so a financial assessment was carried out. The comparison of the operating with the projected increase in ridership indicates that the service would meet the TTC's financial standards, and it is therefore recommended.

The cost to operate this service would be taken from the savings in operating resources on the routes which had poor financial performance, as described in Section 3 of this report. By re-allocating operating resources from routes with poor financial performance to this service, more customers will be attracted to the TTC, the TTC's productivity will be increased, and the TTC's revenue will be increased, without an increase in the total cost of operations.

TTC staff also examined whether new service should be provided on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Service at those times would not have met the TTC's financial standards, and so it was not recommended.

Outcome of Proposal: Service change implemented as proposed on February 14, 1999.

80 Queensway -- Summer Sunday and holiday service to western beaches

Origin of proposal: Councillors Korwin-Kuczynski and Miller
City ward: High Park
Time periods: Sundays and holidays, daytime, May to September

It is recommended that new service be provided on the 80 QUEENSWAY route in the daytime on Sundays and holidays in the summer, to connect Keele Station, on the Bloor-Danforth Subway, with the western beaches. The new service would improve service by providing a direct transit connection to the western beaches, and would reduce the number of transfers and the walking distance for customers travelling to the beaches.

Buses would run from Keele Station, south on Parkside Drive, west on Lake Shore Boulevard, north on Ellis Avenue, west on the Queensway, and would turn around on the South Kingsway overpass over the Queensway. Buses would serve the same stops on Lake Shore Boulevard as the Monday to Saturday service, discussed earlier in this section.

Approximately 100 customer-trips would be made on the service each Sunday. Approximately 70 of these trips would be made by new customers attracted to the TTC by the Sunday service, and the remainder would be made by customers who are now using the nearby 501 QUEEN and 71 RUNNYMEDE routes, but would choose to use the 80 QUEENSWAY service in preference to their current service.

One additional bus would be required to provide this service, and so a financial assessment was carried out. The comparison of the operating costs with the projected increase in ridership indicates that the service would meet the TTC's financial standards, and it is therefore recommended.

The cost to operate this service would be taken from the savings in operating resources on the routes which had poor financial performance, as described in Section 3 of this report. By reallocating operating resources from routes with poor financial performance to this service, more customers will be attracted to the TTC, the TTC's productivity will be increased, and the TTC's revenue will be increased, without an increase in the total cost of operations.

Outcome of Proposal: This service was implemented from May 2, 1999 to September 6, 1999.

165 Weston Rd North -- Sunday and holiday late evening service to Finch Avenue

Origin of proposal: TTC staff
City ward: North York Humber
Time periods: Sundays and holidays, late evening

It is recommended that new service be provided during the late evening on Sundays and holidays on the 165 WESTON RD NORTH route. The new service would improve service by reducing the distance that customers in the area need to walk to their nearest bus stop.

At present, service on the 165 WESTON RD NORTH route is provided all day long from Monday to Saturday, and on Sundays until approximately 10:00 p.m.

It is projected that approximately 70 customer trips would be made on the new service. Approximately 20 of these would be new to the TTC, and the remainder of these trips would be made by customers who are now using other nearby services but would choose to use the 165 WESTON RD NORTH route in preference to their current service.

One bus would be required to provide this service, and so a financial assessment was carried out. The comparison of the operating costs with the projected increase in ridership indicates that the service would meet the TTC's financial standards, and it is therefore recommended.

The cost to operate this service would be taken from the savings in operating resources on the routes which had poor financial performance, as described in Section 3 of this report. By reallocating operating resources from routes with poor financial performance to this service, more customers will be attracted to the TTC, the TTC's productivity will be increased, and the TTC's revenue will be increased, without an increase in the total cost of operations.

Outcome of Proposal: Service change implemented as proposed on February 14, 1999.


Along with these proposals, the following changes occurred throughout 1999:

January 3, 1999:

  • 86 Scarborough - New branch to Highland Creek
    A new branch, 86B SCARBOROUGH (Kennedy Stn-Highland Creek), to provide supplementary service during the morning peak period from Monday to Friday.
  • 85 Sheppard East - Change of loop direction
    Direction of on-street loop of the 85C SHEPPARD EAST (Sheppard Stn-Victoria Park and Consumers Rd) branch changed in the morning and midday from Monday to Friday, so that all buses run south on Victoria Park, and west through the Consumers Road area.

February 14, 1999

  • 136 Premium Express via Wynford
    combined with new 144 DOWNTOWN/DON VALLEY EXPRESS
  • 141 Premium Express via Mt Pleasant
    renamed 141 DOWNTOWN/MT PLEASANT EXPRESS
  • 142 Premium Express via Avenue Rd
    renamed 142 DOWNTOWN/AVENUE RD EXPRESS
  • 143 Premium Express via Queen East
    renamed 143 DOWNTOWN/BEACH EXPRESS
  • 144 Premium Express via Underhill
    renamed 144 DOWNTOWN/DON VALLEY EXPRESS and combined with 136 PREMIUM EXPRESS VIA WYNFORD. The northbound trips on Routes 136 and 144 were combined in the afternoon peak period from Monday to Friday. Buses run from downtown, north on the Don Valley Parkway, to St. Dennis, Wynford Heights, and Concorde Place, then north again on the Don Valley Parkway, and north from Lawrence on Underhill and Valleywoods, and east on York Mills to Victoria Park. In the morning, the trips from Underhill and from Wynford continue to run separately, but both are identified as Route 144.
  • 197 North Yonge - New route during construction of Sheppard Subway
    The 97 YONGE route was divided into two separate routes, seven days a week, to improve the reliability of service south of York Mills Road during the construction of the Sheppard Subway, expected to be complete in 2002. Buses on the northern part of the route run between Lawrence Station and Steeles (serving Moore Park and Hilda), and are identified as 197 NORTH YONGE (Lawrence Stn-Steeles).
  • 112 West Mall - Service increase
    During the morning and afternoon peak periods from Monday to Friday, the trips between Kipling Station and Disco Road now operate via Rangoon, on a new branch, 112F WEST MALL (Kipling Stn-Disco Rd via Rangoon and Carlingview) to provide more frequent service on Rangoon during peak periods.
  • 97 Yonge - Route divided into two sections
    The 97 YONGE route was divided into two separate routes, to improve the reliability of service south of York Mills Road during the construction of the Sheppard Subway, expected to be complete in 2002. The northern part of the route, named 197 NORTH YONGE, was described earlier. During the morning and afternoon peak periods, buses run on two branches, 97A YONGE (York Mills Stn-Davisville Stn via Yonge Blvd) and 97B YONGE (York Mills Stn-Queens Quay via Yonge Blvd). During the midday from Monday to Friday, buses run on the 97D YONGE (York Mills Stn-St Clair Stn via Yonge Blvd) branch. During the evening and on weekends, buses run on the 97A YONGE (York Mills Stn-Davisville Stn via Yonge Blvd) branch.

March 21, 1999

  • 510 Spadina - New branch to King Street and re-opening of Bay Street tunnel
    The scheduled short-turn branch was shortened, so that cars turned at King Street instead of at the Queens Quay & Spadina loop. Cars on the new 510 SPADINA (Spadina Stn-King) branch run from Spadina Station, south on Spadina, east on Adelaide, south on Charlotte, west on King, and will return north on Spadina. The closure of the streetcar tunnel under Bay Street also ended, and full streetcar service on the 510 SPADINA (Spadina Stn-Union) route resumed.