Back in August 2014 TTC CEO Andy Byford proposed a package of service improvements. Quite a few of these proposals have significant implications for South Etobicoke. We posted a summary and link to deeper analysis at the time.
On January 19, 2015 John Tory and TTC Chair Josh Colle announced that the 2015 budget will include $95-million in funding for service improvements. And the TTC Board has approved the budget changes as well, describing them as an “unprecedented investment in service”.
The news is not all rosy, as there will be fare hikes associated with the service improvements. And until the improvements are implemented, there is a chance they could be pared back. However here are a few of the improvements that South Etobians may see in the very near future:
- Kipling 44 will see increased service levels (10 mins. or better all day) in addition to new express service to Lakeshore Blvd. W.
- 501 will see increased service levels (10 mins. or better all day) as well as route management and service improvements (less disruption to service between Roncesvalles and Long Branch due to short turns)
- 73 Royal York, 110 Islington (between Judson and Bloor St. W), and 66 Prince Edward (between Queensway and Bloor St. W will see increased service levels (10 mins. or better all day).
- 145 Humber Bay Express will see increased service and become a regular fare route
- Islington 110B and Evans 15 will have all-day service
- New 24-hour service via Kipling, Horner, and Brown’s Line