Some TTC bus routes saved

Commission to keep status quo on seven routes
But TTC will proceed with bus service cuts on 41 routes
Kris Scheuer
(Written for Town Crier Feb 1)

Seven buses have now been removed from TTC's service cut list. Town Crier file photo.

After hearing from the public and crunching the numbers the TTC has decided to change its recommendation regarding service cuts to 48 bus routes.
Under the new proposal seven of the 48 routes will be unaltered, while it still plans to proceed with reduced hours on 41 bus routes.
The proposal will go to the TTC for a vote tomorrow.Here’s how it all impacts you.
The seven bus routes are no longer on the chopping block and will continue as currently scheduled are: 122 Graydon Hall, 110 Islingon South, 130 Middlefield, 48 Rathburn, 78 St. Andrews, 60 Steeles West and 55 Warren Park.
Of the remaining 41 routes, they fall into two categories: the 19 routes that will see services cuts, but not as drastic as those originally proposed and the 22 where the cuts will go ahead as previously announced.
Selected revised cuts:
5 Avenue Road bus the new proposal is to have service end at 10 p.m. weekdays and end at 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays. The original proposal was for service to end at 7 p.m. weekdays and run no buses on weekends and holidays.
51 Leslie the new plan is to have buses stop after 10 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. Previously proposed was to stop buses at 10 p.m. Mon-Sat and end service at 7 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
162 Lawrence-Donway — service will finish at 7 p.m. on weekdays and there will be no buses at all on weekends and holidays. But this could be seen as an improvement as the previous recommendation was to offer only peak-hour bus service in the mornings and evenings during the week.
Selected same cuts as before:
26 Dupont — service is ending at 10 p.m. daily.
8 Broadview — service will cease at 10 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
33 Forest Hill — service ending at 7 p.m. weekdays and no buses at all on weekends and holidays.
135 Gerrard — service ends at 10 p.m. Mon-Sat and ceases at 7 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
56 Leaside — service stops at 10 p.m. weekdays and at 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Plus no service west of Laird Dr to Eglinton Station on Sundays and holidays in the daytime.
The TTC stated in a Jan. 31 press release some rationale behind the cuts.
If fewer than 10 people are boarding a bus per hour, then service on these routes should be cut. However, if the nearest alternative bus route is more than 600 metres away then an exception should be made to keep the service at current levels. The plan is to save about $4 million by reducing service on underperforming routes and reinvest the same money later this fall on unspecified, busier routes.
The TTC votes on this issue at its meeting Feb. 2 in afternoon at city hall in Committee Room 2 on the 2nd floor. If the services cuts are approved, they will take affect in May.
For an up-to-date list of revisions to all 41 bus routes click here.
For the original list of 48 bus route reductions click here.

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3 responses to “Some TTC bus routes saved

  1. c’mon, people! we’ve got to save the ttc bus routes on the chopping block!
    well, I know that they do have blue night bus routes, but they don’t take over ALL the the ttc bus routes during the day time, so what if someone needed to get someplace on the bus in the middle of the night by taking a bus along a road that doesn’t have 24- hour service? then they’d have to transfer to a LOT
    of buses, then walk to the place they need to go to from the blue night bus stop, because the road the place they had to go to was on didn’t have blue night buses on it, but if the ttc buses just kept with their regular service, they could run ’til 1 or 2 in the morning, and cover all the streets that buses during the day time, and every one would be happy. So think about the people that DO use it an awful lot, and then they couldn’t do it, because the buses only ran ’til 10:00 or something. And the ttc is the better way, because we want to save the environment, right? and we should try to make streetcars wheelchair accesible, because when/if transit city opens,, then every road that has a streetcar rapid transit on it, they’re going to get rid of the buses on that street, so we should do what I said. Who’s with me? and think about the city. Yeah!

    • James, I love your enthusiasm and passion for saving the routes. But it will take more than just enthusiasm that because the city has a $774 million budget hole just to balance the 2012 budget, so if anything they are looking to cut services and raise prices not add service back. Not to say it can but done, but you need lots of people, to advocate to the decision makers (the mayor, TTC commissioner and councillors in general).

  2. I will be at the TTC meeting Feb 2 when they vote on this issue. Word is there will be 120 deputations on bus route cuts and other transit issues, so that’s 120 deps at 5 minutes each = 10 hours and that doesn’t include presentations by staff, speeches by transit commissioners, debate time, etc.
    Should be fun. Look for updated stories on this site.

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