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1999 Service Plan - Changes already approved but not yet introduced

4 Annette - New service on St. George Street

4 Annette - New service on St. George Street

Origin of proposal: 1998 Service Plan
City ward: Toronto Midtown
Time periods: Seven days a week

The Commission approved recommendations in the 1996 Service Plan and the 1998 Service Plan to change the 4 ANNETTE route to operate on St. George Street between St. George Station and Dupont Street. This change can only be made when the north-to-west turn from St. George Street to Dupont Street is made safe for bus operation by the installation of traffic signals. The City of Toronto has not yet installed traffic signals at this intersection, and so the service improvement has not been made.

The service change has been examined again, and it is still recommended, as it would improve transit service for customers in the area, by reducing the distance that they would need to walk to their nearest bus stop.

Buses would operate to and from St. George Station on Dupont Street, St. George Street, and Prince Arthur Avenue. Service on the 4 ANNETTE route would be removed from the section of Dupont Street between St. George Street and Bedford Road and from Bedford Road between Dupont Street and Prince Arthur Avenue. Service would continue to be provided by the 6 BAY route on the section of Dupont Street east of Davenport Road and on the section of Bedford Road north of Davenport Road; there would be no change to the 6 BAY route.

Service would be made better for approximately 350 customer-trips each day, which would have a shorter walk to their nearest bus stop. An inconvenience would be caused for approximately 150 customer-trips each day which would have a longer walk to the nearest bus stop, and for approximately 80 customer-trips each day which now include a transfer between the 4 ANNETTE and 6 BAY routes, and which would either have an additional walk of one block to make this transfer, or else an additional transfer using the subway. The change in weighted travel time shows that the benefit of a shorter walk to the nearest bus stop on St. George Street is more important to customers than the inconvenience of a longer walk to the nearest bus stop for customers on Bedford Road, or the additional transfer for customers travelling on the 6 BAY route.

The change would be an overall improvement in service for customers, and it would thus encourage growth in ridership, which would improve the financial situation of the TTC, as the change would be made without any additional operating costs. The change was recommended, subject to the installation of traffic signals to allow buses to make the left turn from St George Street to Dupont Street.

Outcome of proposal: the TTC is still waiting for traffic signals to be installed at the St. George/Dupont intersection, and the proposal has not been implemented.

44 Kipling South -- Extension south of Lake Shore Boulevard

44 Kipling South -- Extension south of Lake Shore Boulevard

Origin of proposal: 1996 Service Plan
City wards: Lakeshore-Queensway
Time periods: Seven days a week

In the 1996 Service Plan, it was recommended that the 44 KIPLING SOUTH route be extended south to a new off-street loop south of Lake Shore Boulevard, near the Humber College campus on the former Ontario Hospital site. This extension was approved by the Commission, and implementation awaited the construction of the new loop.

This loop has now been constructed by the City of Toronto. Service at all times on the 44 KIPLING SOUTH route will be extended to the new loop, beginning September 6, 1998. Approximately 475 customer-trips each day will benefit by a shorter walking distance to the nearest bus stop. The service change has been made without any increase in operating costs.

 

30 Lambton -- Westbound peak-period service on Mabelle Avenue

30 Lambton -- Westbound peak-period service on Mabelle Avenue

Origin of proposal: 1998 Service Plan
City wards: Kingsway-Humber
Time periods: Monday-Friday, peak periods

The Commission approved a recommendation in the 1998 Service Plan to change the 30 LAMBTON route to operate on Mabelle Avenue during peak periods. The eastbound peak-period service on Mabelle Avenue was introduced in February 1998, but the change to westbound service can only be made when the north-to-west left turn from Mabelle Avenue to Dundas Street is made safe for bus operation by the installation of traffic signals. The City of Toronto has not yet installed traffic signals at this intersection, and so the service improvement has not been made.

The service change has been examined again, and it is still recommended, as it would improve transit service for customers in the area, by reducing the distance that they need to walk to their nearest bus stop.

The change would improve service for customers near Mabelle Avenue, by reducing the distance they need to walk to their nearest bus stop. Approximately 100 customer-trips would have a shorter walk. The change would make service worse for approximately 120 other customer-trips on the 30 LAMBTON route, because the travel time would increase as the bus runs on Mabelle Avenue. 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 travel time.

Because of heavy traffic, it is not feasible to make the left turns from Mabelle Avenue to Dundas Street during peak periods. This turn is feasible at other times, but to make it feasible during peak periods would require that traffic signals be installed.

The change would be an overall improvement in service for customers, and it would thus encourage growth in ridership, which would improve the financial situation of the TTC, as the change would be made without any additional operating costs. The change was recommended, subject to the installation of traffic signals to allow buses to make the left turn from Mabelle Avenue to Dundas Street.

Status of Proposal: The traffic signals were installed in October 1999, and the route was changed at that time.

509 Harbourfront - New service on Queens Quay from Union Station to Exhibition Place

Origin of proposal: Commission decision
City ward: Trinity-Niagara
Time periods: Monday to Saturday, year round; Sundays and holidays, May to September

A new streetcar service, the 509 HARBOURFRONT route, will be operated between Union Station and Exhibition Place, using a new streetcar track connection that will be built on Queens Quay, between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street. The construction of this new streetcar connection, and the operation of the new streetcar route, was directed by the Commission at its meeting on June 24, 1997. The new streetcar service would improve service by removing the number of transfers that customers need to make to travel from Union Station and points on the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway to Exhibition Place and Ontario Place, and also by reducing the travel time of customers who now use the 121 FRONT-ESPLANADE bus route.

The new route will replace the part of the 121 FRONT-ESPLANADE bus route that operates on Queens Quay, west of Spadina Avenue, and will also replace the 521 EXHIBITION EAST streetcar route, which operates during special events at Exhibition Place and Ontario Place. The new route will supplement the service operated between Union Station and Queens Quay and Spadina Avenue on the 510 SPADINA streetcar route.

The new streetcar route will operate from approximately 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday, from September to May; and from approximately 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., seven days a week, from May to September.

The new streetcar service will operate from Union Station, south in the tunnel under Bay Street, then west on Queens Quay, north on Bathurst Street, west on Fleet Street, and west on Manitoba Drive to Exhibition Loop. Between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street, the route will use new track which will be built in the centre of Queens Quay, largely in a reserved right-of-way. Elsewhere, the route will use the streetcar tracks which are already in place.

When development in the area is complete, expected between 2006 and 2011, it is projected that 11,000 customer-trips will be made on the new streetcar route, on a normal day outside the summer.

The new streetcar route is expected to be completed and in service by early 2000.

92 Woodbine South -- Revised service south of Queen Street
92 Woodbine South -- Revised service south of Queen Street

92 Woodbine South -- Revised service south of Queen Street

Origin of proposal: 1998 Service Plan City ward: East Toronto
Time periods: Seven days a week

The Commission approved a recommendation in the 1998 Service Plan that the 92 WOODBINE SOUTH route be changed to operate south of Queen Street on Woodbine Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard. This change can only be made after the construction of new streets to the north of Lake Shore Boulevard. The construction has not yet progressed to a point where bus operations can begin.

The service change has been examined again, and it is still recommended, as it will improve transit service for customers in the area, by reducing the distance that they need to walk to their nearest bus stop.

Buses on the 92 WOODBINE SOUTH would run south on Woodbine Avenue and west on Lake Shore Boulevard, north on Winners Circle, west on Boardwalk Drive, and south on Northern Dancer Boulevard, and then would return east on Lake Shore Boulevard and north on Woodbine Avenue. The present loop north of Queen Street, on Rainsford Road and Columbine Avenue, which is now used in peak periods from Monday to Friday, would no longer be used. The present loop south of Queen Street on Coxwell Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard, which is now used at other times of the week, would also no longer be used.

The change would improve service by reducing teh distance that customers south of Queen Street need to walk to their nearest bus or streetcar stop, but it would also cause an inconvenience for customers who now use the stops on Rainsford Road during peak periods from Monday to Friday. The change would also improve service at other times of the week by reducing the waiting time for customers on the whole 92 WOODBINE SOUTH route. A comparison of the changes in weighted travel time shows that when the number of people living in the new residential area reaches approximately 2000, the change would result in an overall improvement in service for customers.

The Commission has approved that the service change be introduced once the streets and new houses and apartment buildings are built.

Status of Proposal: As of January 2000, construction on this residential development was still continuing. The service would eventually be extended in a wide loop via Lakeshore, Coxwell, Eastern Avenue and Queen until an off-street loop is built and opened in January 2005