Ridership skyrockets on King
The King Street streetcar pilot project has increased morning rush hour transit ridership on the route by almost 25 per cent, according to the TTC.
The number was released Thursday in a report going before the TTC board next week.
“This is actually a good case study, when transit actually becomes rapid, people want to use it,” said TTC Chair Colle, councillor for Ward 15 Eglintonlawrence.
TTC spokesperson Stuart Green confirmed that roughly two weeks after the pilot was installed in November, the agency counted 2,600 people using eastbound streetcars at Spadina during the morning rush — an increase of 500 riders compared to the 2,100 tallied prior to the pilot in September. The pilot removes on-street parking and compels drivers to make right turns off the street at most major intersections.
City stats show it has cut journey times in the pilot area between Bathurst and Jarvis by as much as 14 per cent, while independent analysis by University of Toronto researchers found even more dramatic time savings.
The report, authored by acting TTC chief executive officer Rick Leary, said the pilot has made the transit agency “a bit of a victim of our own success,” because increased ridership is exacerbating crowding on streetcars.