Less transit ‘sufferin’ on Dufferin
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.