I know it was markham service removed...and i understand markham/york wasnt paying anything, but I feel like the ttc is cutting the nose to spite the face:The only service that was removed in the area, was on roads outside of Toronto. Neither York Region nor Markham were paying TTC to provide this service, unlike every other TTC route that enters York Region.
The decision and justification were laid out in http://www.ttc.ca/About_the_TTC/Commission_reports_and_information/Commission_meetings/2013/July_24/Reports/53_Steeles_East_and_.pdf
I'm sure some Markham residents might well be inconvenienced ... though as TTC pointed out, York Region already has service on this street. Route 2 - Milliken - which also seems to avoid Milliken GO station.
Probably best to complain to your councillor. Complaining to TTC won't have any use, as TTC has little mandate to provide on-street service outside of Toronto.
As for the Steeles express bus not stopping at the GO station. Seems to me that a complaint to TTC Customer Service is in order ... stopping there seems like a no-brainer!
Approximately 2,300 customer-trips are made each day at stops on the 53 STEELES EAST
on-street loop on Elson Street. Some of these customers, who live on or north of Elson Street,
would have a longer walk to or from their nearest TTC bus stop, which would be on Steeles
Avenue itself. Some customers who live between Elson Street and Steeles Avenue would have
no difference in the overall distance they walk to their nearest bus stop. Approximately 390
customer-trips each day begin at stops on Elson Street to travel westbound, and these customers
would have a faster trip, because they would no longer have to travel around the loop before
heading west. Approximately 480 customer-trips each day end at westbound stops on Steeles
Avenue, between Markham Road and McCowan Road, and these customers would have a faster
trip, as they would alight from an eastbound bus on Steeles Avenue, instead of riding around the
Elson on-street loop before getting to their stop.
Approximately 700 customer-trips are made on the 53 STEELES EAST service, which currently
operates eastbound on Steeles Avenue between McCowan Road and Markham Road. These
customers would have more-frequent service. As development increases along and south of
Steeles Avenue, the number of customers who would benefit from this routing change will
This route change would have no impact on the TTC’s operating budget.
York Region Transit service is currently provided along Elson Street, and this service would
Its plain to me that more people are inconvenienced by this change than are better served by it. What's more, I imagine most of those inconvenienced aren't going to walk to steeles for the bus..i know its not suitable for my family...so i think that in net the ttc is just going to lose fares from this change...the rationale of yrt not paying anything is weak, and like i said speaks to the lack of integration and coordination in our transit systems that is a systemic problem
I do appreciate being linked to the report though, as I didnt know the justification before. I could understand if destinations/demand between mccowan and markham was really there, but coming from someone thats actually used this bus, there certainly isnt to justify this change.
Being a city of toronto taxpayer as well, how can I voice my concern the next time a meeting on this is held?
lets be honest...yrt other than viva sucks..its more expensive and less frequent...and the 2 milliken takes a strange route to finch station that takes it north/west before coming back south
Being in Markham, I guess ill try getting in touch with my councilor