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A new year with more, improved services on your TTC

1/8/16 6:00 AM

The new year brings renewed determination on our part to improve every aspect of your TTC service.

Four years into our Five-Year Plan to modernize the TTC and to deliver on our vision of a transit system that makes Toronto proud, a lot has been achieved, with much more improvement planned for 2016.

This year will see the continued rollout of the PRESTO farecard across the whole TTC. All streetcars and 26 subway stations are now PRESTO-enabled and by the end of this year, you will be able to use this new, easy way to pay on all TTC vehicles and at every station.

We will also add more new, low-floor, air-conditioned streetcars and we will continue work on the subway extension to York Region, and on the resignalling of Line 1 to transform service reliability and capacity.

Getting the basics right continues to be our focus. A good example of this is the change that we have made to the 501 streetcar service – the longest streetcar route in North America. We have added extra morning peak service eastbound from Long Branch to the downtown, and more service at busy off-peak periods to meet burgeoning demand. Most importantly, we have taken action to ensure that, wherever possible, short turns are eliminated and that we deliver the service as advertised.

To aid service reliability, the route has been split into two sections between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. – one from Long Branch Loop to Humber Loop and one from Neville Park Loop to Humber Loop. Going forward, the only circumstance in which vehicles get short turned is if there is an unplanned event, such as an accident that blocks the rails.

This is just one example of the work we are doing to make your journey more reliable, more dependable and more pleasant. Added to ongoing improvements to bus, subway, Wheel-Trans and Scarborough RT services, it demonstrates our determination to serve you better, this year and into the future.

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