Less tran­sit ‘suf­ferin’ on Duf­ferin

Josh Colle Ward 15 Coun­cil­lor

Bayview Post - - News -

Our city’s rapid growth de­mands im­prove­ments to the way we move and connect Toron­to­ni­ans.

As a lo­cal coun­cil­lor for com­mu­ni­ties along the Duf­ferin Street route, I, like many of you, know all too well what the Duf­ferin cor­ri­dor is like dur­ing rush hour: hec­tic, packed and bustling with peo­ple, ac­tiv­ity and ve­hi­cles. To help ease over­crowd­ing, I re­cently moved a mo­tion that was adopted by Toronto City Coun­cil to im­prove tran­sit ser­vice to lessen the “suf­ferin” on Duf­ferin.

When I be­came the chair of the TTC, I iden­ti­fied ex­press bus routes as the best way to im­prove ser­vice for more com­muters at the busiest times. I sub­mit­ted rec­om­men­da­tions for TTC staff to re­port on the fea­si­bil­ity of putting more ex­press buses on Toronto’s busiest routes to re­duce con­ges­tion.

Start­ing this fall, re­lief is com­ing to 34 bus routes across Toronto, in­clud­ing 29 Duf­ferin, 52 Lawrence West and 109 Ra­nee. Re­cently, the TTC board unan­i­mously ap­proved our plan for ca­pac­ity im­prove­ments on tran­sit ser­vices, in­clud­ing ad­di­tional buses and new ex­press bus routes for routes where over­crowd­ing is 30 per cent higher than the TTC stan­dard. This means shorter wait times, less crowd­ing and more con­ve­nience where en­hanced ser­vice is most needed.

This is just one of the many steps we are tak­ing to im­prove over­all tran­sit ser­vice. The City and the TTC re­main com­mit­ted to do­ing bet­ter, and more, to move Toronto.

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