SETAC – South Etobicoke Transit Action Committee

501 TTC Streetcar Rider Survey Results

Here are the results of SETAC’s survey of 501 morning rush hour ridership on a typical November morning in 2013. Eastbound riders were surveyed between 8am and 9am at points along Lake Shore Blvd. W, including Long Branch, Islington, Kipling, and the Humber Loop.

  1. 77% of the respondents ride the 501 Queen/Lakeshore streetcar on average 5 days per week.
  2. 44% never ride the 501 Streetcar from Long Branch to Park Lawn Rd. (potential local riders for the implementation of a local timed-ticket). 38% use the streetcar locally more or less five days per week.
  3. Slightly more people transfer to a bus than subway. (There may have been some confusion because the buses are running at the moment instead of the streetcar). 30% mentioned they transfer to a subway. I suspect more transfer to the subway than indicated in this survey. Many mentioned that they take the bus to the subway because the streetcar takes too long to get downtown.
  4. There are very few transfers to a GO train station. Transfers from a GO train station were not asked.
  5. 60% of the respondents claim that the streetcar is full/almost full and 46% indicated that the wait is at least 10 to 15 minutes for a car.

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