The new routes are to service areas in the city that are not considered to be the busiest, but they are still expected to bring in an approximate 400,000 new commuters this year. The buses are also not to cost the same double fare as the existing downtown express routes.
The five new TTC routes are as follows:
186 Wilson Rocket
This bus will service the route between York Mills Station and the north campus of Humber College to replace the 96E Wilson bus.
199 Finch Rocket
This existing route has been modified with two new branches:
The 199A will service the route between Scarborough Town Centre and Finch Station (weekdays, daytime and early mornings on weekends/holidays).
The 199B will service the route between Scarborough Town Centre, York University and Finch station (weekdays, early evenings).
The 199C will service the route between Finch Station and Morningside Heights (weekdays).
188 Kipling South Rocket
This bus will service the route between Kipling Station and Humber College (Lakeshore Campus) from Monday to Friday during the daytime.
185 Don Mills Rocket
This bus will service Flemingdon Park commuters traveling to Steeles Avenue and Pape Station.
24E Victoria Park Express
This bus is a branch of the 24 Victoria Park route will service the route between Victoria Park Station and Steeles Avenue from 6-10 AM and 3-8 PM.
It will be tested on over 60 buses throughout the coming months. Residents taking the 35 Jane route will be able to access free Wi-Fi starting at the end of May, while the 102 Markham Rd. route will launch the pilot in early June.
The buses will reportedly be "specially marked" to help commuters identify which ones offer internet services.
In a tweet, Toronto revealed that all of its city clinics are either "fully booked" or "close to" fully booked from today until June 2021 — a reality that Mayor John Tory says is solely down to supply.
"We have considerable additional capacity to allow us to do more in our city-operated clinics," Tory said at a media briefing on Wednesday, "if we had further increased supply of vaccine."
The city did add more than 63,500 appointments for its own vaccine clinics on Thursday, in part due to expanded eligibility in Ontario, but the majority of the new appointments will only be available between June 7 and 13.