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Could more express bus routes fix TTC overcrowding?

Cllr. Josh Colle thinks TTC service could be improved with more express bus service on the Toronto's busiest routes, like the 29 Dufferin, 25 Don Mills, and the 39 Finch. Staff have decided to investigate the idea at this month's Toronto Transit Commission meeting.

Adding express buses wouldn't mean reducing the current number of buses; the express vehicles would be provided on top of the existing schedule and stop only at popular destinations. Given the how slow infrastructure expansion has been in this city, improving service levels on buses could be a feasible way to make immediate improvements to the lives of commuters on what are some of the city's worst routes.

Right now, the TTC has 11 rush-hour express routes, six "rocket" buses to destinations like Pearson Airport and York University, and five downtown express routes that charge double fare for quick service.

The TTC will report back later in the year on the proposal.

What do you think? Is more express service the solution to overcrowding while the city waits on new subways and light rail?

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

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