Here we are talking about a split of service that's not on Yonge. I can understand Finch buses terminating on Yonge but I wasn't aware that they also spilt at Finch West.Its the same thing on most east-west line that intersect the Yonge line. Eglinton is another great example of transferring from one bus to another bus to go past Yonge. Look at the streetcar route and you will see how many (few) stay on the car regardless which direction it going. Some riders may walk a stop away from Yonge to get on a car since they know they have a better chance of getting a seat with all the riders getting off at Yonge.
Here we are talking about a split of service that's not on Yonge. I can understand Finch buses terminating on Yonge but I wasn't aware that they also spilt at Finch West.
What about that new 19 Castlefield route? I assume the TTC will give the route another number designation?
I believe the split of the 36 Finch West was due to the subway extension. Also, there’s less ridership on the Yonge-Keele segment than the rest of the route (if it wasn’t, there’s be more thru-service outside select periods). Also, I’d like to go on a hunch and guess that non-local trip patterns would transfer to Line 1 at Finch West to reach their destination.And the reason they split it at Finch West isn't necessarily dictated by the established travel patterns, or by where the majority of riders want to go. I can think of two other reasons.
First, a completely sensible one, but temporary: construction-related disruptions. Splitting the route spares the Keele - Yonge section from those distructions, and also makes the management of the west-of-Keele section a bit easier.
And the second reason: they might want the riders to get used to transferring at Finch West. After the Phase 1 of LRT opens, the riders will not bug Metrolinx with requests to extend to Yonge, until Metrolinx actually gets the funding for such an extension.