The Toronto Transit Commission has made changes to several bus routes, added one new one and has also improved weekend wait times for Line 1.
For the bus routes affected, some of the changes are the result of work on Broadview Avenue to upgrade streetcar tracks from Danforth Avenue to Gerrard Street East.
The TTC made the following route changes on June 18 which will remain in effect at least until November. They include
- The 100 Flemingdon Park will divert from Broadview Station to Pape Station and continue south to King Street East and Parliament Street.
- The 8 Broadview, 62 Mortimer and 87 Cosburn will continue to stop at Broadview Station.
- The 8 Broadview will also be extended to Warden Station via O’Connor Drive and St Clair Avenue East, replacing the 70C Coxwell route.
- There will be no 504/304 King or 505 Dundas service at Broadview Station and between Sumach Sreet. and Broadview Station. Customers can take the 72A Pape from Pape Station to King Street East and Parliament Street to connect to a 504 King Streetcar. The 304 King bus will be extended to Pape Station.
- 72A Pape will be extended to King Street East and Parliament Street from Pape Station. Service along this route will be increased for frequent travel between King Street East and Parliament Street and Pape Station.
- Broadview Station will remain open and the subway service will be unaffected by the construction.
As well, the TTC is increasing weekend service on Line 1.
Stuart Green, Senior Communications Specialist with the TTC Green said the wait time changes – to six minutes from eight minutes – were intended to address complaints.
“The TTC’s intention to increase weekend service is in line with current initiatives to address infrastructure upgrades and accommodate rising ridership expectations,” Green said.
“The TTC claims that these improvements will be especially helpful when there are significant events, festivals, and busy weekends,” he told Humber News
TTC rider Nathan McLure welcomed the increased weekend service on Line 1. \
“As someone who relies on the TTC to get around the city, this is great news. I often travel on weekends, and having more frequent trains will make my journeys much smoother and more convenient,” McLure said.
Alina D’souza, another TTC rider, also liked the changes.
“I work on weekends, and the improved service on Line 1 will undoubtedly reduce the stress of commuting for me. It’s heartening to see the TTC taking steps to enhance public transportation,” D’souza said.
Among other route changes in the city, the TTC has introduced the 184 Ancaster Park.
It will run between Wilson Station and the Ancaster neighbourhood, matching capacity to demand and replacing the 120 Calvington along Maniza Rd., Powell Rd., Ancaster Rd., Gilley Rd. and Garratt Blvd.
“This new bus route will make a huge difference in our community. It will connect us to major transit hubs and make it easier for us to access essential services,” Toronto resident Hazel Kabeer said.