- Dec 6, 2017
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anyone recall what the peak hour ridership projection pulling into sheppard west was for this line?
If I recall, expected ridership was around 30 million people per annuum. In other words, 100, 000 people per business day. We can safely assume that translates to 30-40k people per peak direction. Hourly, that’s between 7 and 15 K people. Directionally however, is more complicated. A lot of people are heading to York university, so reverse peak commutes can take up about half of that, and commutes downtown can take the other half. If you think about it, it’s 3.5-7.5 PPHPD during peak times. Those are regular LRT to LRT max numbers. This performs worse than the SSE. However, not all hope is lost; it’s an existing line being extended and allowing for reverse commute options, that’s the biggest thing with this extension; it fills up space that would never be filled up otherwise during the peak times. We also have to remember that it’s feeding directly into the spadina line; a line carrying around 250-300K passengers per day. Adding another 100K brings it to Yonge line levels of usage, this is excellent for system usage further down the line. However, questions of building the line are still being made due to prematurely built and overbuilt stations. (pioneer Village needs time for people to adjust, as well as finch west. York University is already insanely busy and VMC will only get more busy with newer developments. This leaves the two metrolinx stations, Downsview Park and Hwy 407. DP will see usage with RER in a few years and HWY 407 will see usage with all 407 go buses being rerouted through that station and fare integration). It needs time and a lot of it, but like with the Sheppard line, usage will come With developments and change in commute patterns. It’s just a matter of moving away from Yonge.