TTC Morning Commutes Could Soon Be Easier With Bus-Only Lanes On Toronto's Busiest Streets
Taking the bus could be getting a whole lot less stressful.
Bus riders rejoice! The TTC has officially announced a new plan to ensure that bus service on its busiest routes becomes faster and more reliable. The transit agency unveiled its new five-year service plan on Wednesday that outlines a proposal to install a series of Toronto bus-only lanes alongside other service-enhancing measures on fives of its most populated lines.
The plans follow in-suite with other previous ground-breaking transit projects such as the King St. downtown initiative, which famously gave strict priority to streetcars.
“Over the next five years, we will explore opportunities on Eglinton Ave. East, Dufferin Street, Jane Street, Steeles Avenue West, and Finch Avenue East. Although our focus will be on these major corridors to start, we will continue to identify opportunities on other busy corridors to improve travel time and reliability for customers,” the 55-page document states.
The service plan also states that installing bus rapid transit lanes on the routes would cost $41.8 million over the next five years.
However, a large chunk of that $40 million currently remains unfunded.
“Bus priority lanes would improve the reliability and speed of bus service. For customers, this means shorter travel times and less time waiting for buses,” TTC spokesperson Stuart Green told The Toronto Star.
“The city’s population and economy are growing, but our roads are not and cannot. The focus needs to be on moving more people in higher-capacity vehicles,” he added.
Mayor John Tory announced his backing for the new TTC’s proposal on Thursday.
“I championed the King Street pilot, and, based on its success, I have been supportive of looking at bus-priority corridors as a way to improve transit reliability,” he said.
Back in November, long-time transit advocate, Steve Munro revealedas the slowest and most disastrous bus route in the entire city of Toronto.
Munro highlighted the city’s desperate need for new bus initiatives by crunching raw TTC data after reviewing complaints about the route.