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King Street Pilot Study puts people and transit first

5/19/17 6:00 AM

This week (May 18) saw the TTC and City of Toronto announce details of a year-long pilot on King Street – the King Street Pilot Study – that will provide greater priority to transit service, namely the 504 King and 514 Cherry streetcars.

With a ridership of 65,000 customers per day, the 504 is the TTC’s busiest surface route. As any streetcar rider knows, service can be painfully slow at peak times given the sheer volume of traffic and the ability of just one left-turning private vehicle to bring service to a halt.

Several years ago, I called for the central section of King to be designated as a transit priority corridor. It is good to now have a plan that restricts car access to short stretches between blocks and that also eliminates left turns. The trial section will run for a year between Jarvis and Bathurst streets.

I am convinced that this long-overdue initiative will bring service reliability and travel time improvements to our busiest surface route.

With new, high-capacity streetcars on the horizon for the 504, as well, we are taking decisive action to transform our busiest surface route. This is a plan that puts people and transit first.

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