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The TTC is #2 in Canada & United States of America in the number of bus riderships for March, 2023.

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I don’t think it’s much about the weather, but more so Austin’s idea of High Frequency route is “every 15-30 minutes from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week.”
personally I avoid surface routes in the summer months for this reason. I can't be the only one!
 
I try to avoid surface routes at all times of the year, given that the quality of service offered on damn near all of them is unacceptable.
 
I try to avoid surface routes at all times of the year, given that the quality of service offered on damn near all of them is unacceptable.
It's not too bad if you start at a stop, and know when it's coming. And then return from a subway station.
 
Line 3 Scarborough to remain closed for at least three weeks as derailment investigation continues

July 27, 2023

The TTC is today confirming the comprehensive investigation into the July 24 derailment on Line 3 Scarborough will take at least another three weeks to complete. Frequent bus shuttle service will continue to run.

A decision about the reinstatement of train service will only be made once the review is complete.

“I want to thank Scarborough residents for their patience as the TTC continues to investigate this very serious incident,” said Mayor Olivia Chow. “The safety of the public transit system is everyone’s top concern and the SRT service can only return when we know it is safe to do so.”

“The TTC Board stands behind every effort to ensure the root cause of this derailment is fully and thoroughly looked into,” said TTC Chair Jon Burnside. “CEO Rick Leary and his team are keeping us fully informed every step of the way and I am confident they will not rush into a decision without all the facts.”

“We have enlisted the support and help of some of the transportation industry’s leading experts in rail, infrastructure and vehicles to assist and ensure we are leaving no stone unturned,” said TTC CEO Rick Leary. “Safety is paramount to all we do and only once we know exactly what happened can we make a decision about the future operations of this line. In the meantime, we are making contingency plans to ensure we are providing the people of Scarborough with frequent and reliable transit options.”

On July 24 at 6:45 p.m. a southbound SRT train leaving Ellesmere Station had its trailing car derail approximately 500 feet from the station.

In addition to the investigation, the TTC is using this time to inspect the entire SRT fleet and the infrastructure’s structural integrity. The results of the investigation will inform next steps.
 
Line 3 Scarborough to remain closed for at least three weeks as derailment investigation continues

July 27, 2023

The TTC is today confirming the comprehensive investigation into the July 24 derailment on Line 3 Scarborough will take at least another three weeks to complete. Frequent bus shuttle service will continue to run.

A decision about the reinstatement of train service will only be made once the review is complete.

“I want to thank Scarborough residents for their patience as the TTC continues to investigate this very serious incident,” said Mayor Olivia Chow. “The safety of the public transit system is everyone’s top concern and the SRT service can only return when we know it is safe to do so.”

“The TTC Board stands behind every effort to ensure the root cause of this derailment is fully and thoroughly looked into,” said TTC Chair Jon Burnside. “CEO Rick Leary and his team are keeping us fully informed every step of the way and I am confident they will not rush into a decision without all the facts.”

“We have enlisted the support and help of some of the transportation industry’s leading experts in rail, infrastructure and vehicles to assist and ensure we are leaving no stone unturned,” said TTC CEO Rick Leary. “Safety is paramount to all we do and only once we know exactly what happened can we make a decision about the future operations of this line. In the meantime, we are making contingency plans to ensure we are providing the people of Scarborough with frequent and reliable transit options.”

On July 24 at 6:45 p.m. a southbound SRT train leaving Ellesmere Station had its trailing car derail approximately 500 feet from the station.

In addition to the investigation, the TTC is using this time to inspect the entire SRT fleet and the infrastructure’s structural integrity. The results of the investigation will inform next steps.

As I said in another thread, this feels like they are running out the clock with the investigation.

If they make it to September with the investigation, my guess is they keep it closed regardless of how it plays out. At that point it is just over 2 months of service left and it may not make sense to restart it for such a short period.

If it goes past the middle of September, don't expect it to reopen.
 
TTC service changes this Sunday to improve frequency, reliability and accommodate construction

July 28, 2023

Starting this Sun., July 30, the TTC is implementing several route and service adjustments to increase frequency, align with ridership demand, improve reliability and accommodate essential construction.

Among the changes, the TTC is:

• Increasing evening subway service on Line 1 Yonge-University to approximately every five minutes, and on Line 2 Bloor-Danforth to every six minutes or better

• Restoring the 22 Coxwell following completion of water main and streetcar infrastructure renewal, and adjusting the 31 Greenwood to service Queen St. E. and Eastern Ave.

• Improving frequency, fixing connections or aligning service to ridership demand on nine bus routes, including the 37 Islington, 45 Kipling, 50 Burnhamthorpe, 52 Lawrence West, 63 Ossington, 71 Runnymeade, 79 Scarlett Rd., 96 Wilson, and 945 Kipling Express

• Improving on-time performance on the 45 Kipling, 75 Sherbourne, 82 Rosedale, 505 Dundas, and 506 Carlton

• Formally restoring the 503 Kingston Rd. replacement bus service to operate all day, every day, to better serve the Kingston Rd. corridor

• Increasing service on the 509 Harbourfront and 511 Bathurst for the Canadian National Exhibition, running from Aug. 18 to Sept. 4, 2023.

The 505 Dundas and 506 Carlton streetcars will terminate at Dundas West Station, due to construction. 506C replacement buses will continue to operate between Castle Frank and Victoria Park stations, as construction at Main Street Station continues. Streetcars will continue to arrive every 10 minutes, and replacement buses will arrive every 10 minutes or sooner.

Full details of the service adjustments coming into effect this Sunday are available at www.ttc.ca/riding-the-ttc/Updates/TTC-service-adjustments.
 
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This weekend on the TTC

July 28, 2023

With no scheduled subway closures this Saturday and Sunday, the TTC is the easiest and most convenient way to get around Toronto this weekend. While some routes will divert due to event road closures, the TTC has several options for travel to and from festivals and attractions throughout the city.

For the Beaches Jazz Festival, take the 501 Queen, 64 Main, or 92 Woodbine South. The TTC is adding additional bus service to get customers to and from the event. Tonight, Fri. July 28, and Sat., July 29, Queen St. E., between Woodbine and Beech avenues, will close nightly to traffic from 6 p.m. – midnight. The 501 Queen will turn at Woodbine Loop, and the 64 Main will also divert.

For the Festival of South Asia, customers can take the 22 Coxwell, which will resume regular service on Sat., July 29, or the 506C Carlton replacement bus. The 506/306 Carlton streetcar will divert at Broadview Ave., from 6 a.m. Sat., July 29 – 2 a.m. Mon., July 31.

Additional weekend diversions

Beginning 11 p.m. Fri., July 28 – 5 a.m. Mon., July 31, the 509 Harbourfront will be replaced by buses between Exhibition Loop and Spadina Ave., and the 511 Bathurst will be replaced by buses between Exhibition Loop and Queen St. W. This is to accommodate streetcar infrastructure maintenance.

Starting 5 a.m. Sun., July 30 – 5 a.m. Fri., Aug. 4, buses will replace the 505 Dundas and 506 Carlton streetcars between Dundas West Station and Dufferin St., due to streetcar infrastructure maintenance.
 

The TTC's "safety" requirements includes having streetcars stop at each single-point track switch. Instead of improving them with double-point switches (for example), they go with the "cheapest" solution.

The TTC could improve the opening of bus rear doors and subway doors, but there are no funds to do it. Something the TTC has been forced to do because transit has a low priority.
 
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