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Investment in TTC service to start bearing fruit this fall

8/28/15 6:00 AM

As a glorious Toronto summer draws to a close, we are gearing up for a busy fall here at the TTC.

Over recent months, we have announced a range of service improvements that will start to roll out in September, and my team is now putting the finishing touches to that work to ensure a smooth implementation. This package of improvements is designed to cut wait times, decrease crowding and restore service that the TTC was forced to cut in 2011/12 – all funded by the increased budget that we were able to secure in this year’s funding round.

Specific improvements include increased service on our bus and streetcar network to restore 10-minute-or-better service on our busiest routes, add off-peak service, and increase the number of Blue Night Network routes.

These improvements complement work we have been doing to improve the underlying reliability of our various modes. Specific actions are being taken to decrease the number of short turns on bus and streetcar routes and to tackle the age-old problem of vehicle bunching. To achieve this, we have deployed on-street Supervisors to better manage the service, taking time to fix each route before moving to focus on the next.

Meanwhile, subway reliability and punctuality is showing sustained improvement with fewer incidents and delays, the result of a new, more robust timetable and an all-out focus on the basic disciplines of running a railway.

Finally, work continues to progress on one of the most transformative elements of our modernization programs. The roll-out of the PRESTO smart card across the TTC is on schedule for the end of 2016, a year earlier than previously planned. Once PRESTO is fully implemented, tokens, tickets and paper transfers will become part of TTC history with faster vehicle boarding and station entry as a result.

The modernization of your TTC is well underway as we work to give you a transit system that makes Toronto proud.

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