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TTC votes for widespread service improvements

Posted by Derek Flack / August 19, 2014

TTC service improvementsA key series of improvements to TTC service inched closer to reality this afternoon as the Commission board voted in favour of a a report titled Opportunities to Improve Transit Service in Toronto. Some of the highlights include the roll out of timed transfers (yay!), express bus service on additional routes, all buses and streetcars running 24/7 at no more than 10 minutes apart, the expansion of the Blue Night bus network, and all-door boarding on streetcars across the system.

It all sounds great (someone tell John Tory), but it will cost a few bucks -- $288 million to be exact. Where that money comes from will ultimately be decided by city council next week. In other words, it's too early to bank on these proposed changes, but it's certainly time to be cautiously optimistic. What do you think? Is this the way forward for the TTC?

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John Tory / August 19, 2014 at 05:36 pm
great news. anyone against this please die
Widespread Improvements / August 19, 2014 at 05:38 pm
That's right WIDESPREAD improvements not narrow improvements like just bus service Olivia Chow.
Vinnie replying to a comment from John Tory / August 19, 2014 at 05:39 pm
you realize of course Rob Ford will be against this.
Moaz Ahmad / August 19, 2014 at 05:39 pm
This plan really came out of the blue and it's definitely a huge improvement on what the TTC is offering us today. Yes it will cost money but it will transform the TTC into a 21st century transit service. The next step is to ensure the TTC has the funding to make this sustainable and last over the long term.
Dave / August 19, 2014 at 05:41 pm
Someone tell John Tory? WHAT? You people are so left wing you're lost from the right path.

Tory wants to give Toronto something we need....downtown relief in the form of a subway.

Olivia Chow-head wants to put more buses on the road with no stock of buses to use and no plan on how to pay for it. How is that a good choice.

Toronto has waited DECADES for a downtown subway line and we need it more than ever. Screw buses, screw subways now so we don't have to wait 30 mores years.

Ken / August 19, 2014 at 05:47 pm
All John Tory said is that he wants to know where the money will be coming from. Which isn't too harsh of a request. I call that good management.
Jeff replying to a comment from Dave / August 19, 2014 at 05:48 pm
I agree TORY FOR MAYOR!!!! Olivia's ideas are too short sighted and hair brained. And Ford, know the case.
Suicide_Boi replying to a comment from Ken / August 19, 2014 at 05:55 pm
Tory also said, "These reports seem to emerge out of nowhere at the last minute".

This indicates that he hasn't been paying attention and is not qualified to suggest transit policy.

These improvements have been discussed in separate Commission reports over the past decade.
Tee / August 19, 2014 at 05:56 pm
John Tory will get this done! He is a consensus builder and a business minded individual!
Sam replying to a comment from Suicide_Boi / August 19, 2014 at 06:17 pm
Yes transit plans have been discussed for decades we all know that. But the announcement of them this week came out of nowhere. NEXT!

Tory for Mayor!
Byskyscrapper / August 19, 2014 at 06:42 pm
Where are you Iskyscrapper? Your time is at hand
Ford for Bus Driver! / August 19, 2014 at 06:45 pm
I mean, he will need something to do after October 27th. Oh, cancel it...bus + crack doesn't work.
W. K. Lis replying to a comment from Moaz Ahmad / August 19, 2014 at 06:52 pm
This plan was not out of the blue. Back in 2009, there was the Transit City Bus Plan. This took that original plan and added additional points such as all-door access and other additions. Basically it starts by reversing the cut Ford and Stintz imposed on the TTC, and builds upon it.
tommy replying to a comment from Sam / August 19, 2014 at 06:54 pm
I think you have a fundamental misunderstanding of what a commission report is.
Dan / August 19, 2014 at 07:32 pm
i think the time has come to privatize the TTC
iSkyscraper / August 19, 2014 at 07:39 pm
Indeed, this is good news. Disappointed in Tory but I suspect he's just knee-jerking all over the place to pick up Ford votes?

Slowly, kicking and screaming, the TTC is waking up.
Steven / August 19, 2014 at 08:10 pm
Not a big fan of streetcars. Replace them with subways and it will clear up the streets.
ROB FORD / August 19, 2014 at 08:18 pm

*half-eaten burrito flies out of mouth*
Rob Ford / August 19, 2014 at 08:41 pm
Rob Ford supports reversing Rob Ford's cuts!

Rob Ford supports David Miller's transit plan!

Rob Ford is on crack!
Olivia will increase bus service by 10%! / August 19, 2014 at 09:23 pm
OLIVIA CHOW saw an old lady waiting 20 minutes for a bus so she decided to fix the TTC by increasing bus service by 10%!! #WINNER#OLIVIACHOWISTHEFUTURE #VOTECHOW2014

Olivia will increase bus service by 10%! / August 19, 2014 at 09:27 pm
I think the time has come to privatize Olivia Chow! Send her on her way!!

Olivia reached a high level of a political career by becoming a member of parliment where she could cause big change but ultimately she had to resign because she was in way over her head and decided to run for mayor of Toronto.
This again? replying to a comment from Steven / August 19, 2014 at 09:37 pm
Apple and oranges. You should educate yourself on the subject a little more.
W. K. Lis replying to a comment from Dan / August 19, 2014 at 10:38 pm
You don't know the history behind the TTC, if you say its time to privatize the TTC. Public transit was private in Toronto for 30 years, and it didn't work. It wouldn't work now.

A private TTC would prefer to operate the profitable routes, including the streetcar lines and subway lines 1 and 2. They'll leave the unprofitable lines, such as the 4 Sheppard line alone unless they get a big subsidy to continue showing dividends for their shareholders.
Trina replying to a comment from W. K. Lis / August 19, 2014 at 11:25 pm
Who cares about the history and the triumphs and tribulations? The way to transit enlightenment is the future of transit not looking into the past history. Transit is fast, the future is fast, we must prepare, respond, react to the constant changes.
Mack Attack replying to a comment from Dave / August 20, 2014 at 08:11 am
John Tory is NOT promising a downtwon relief line. John Tory is opposed to a downtown relief line. John Tory's plan is to skip the downtown relief line and instead fold the GO train lines into the TCC along with adding some trains to existing tracks. John Tory wants to move more suburban folks around the suburbs by train. John Tory is not talking about subways.
Frelnik / August 20, 2014 at 08:59 am
There is a mistake in the article. All buses and streetcars will not be running 24/7. The all day ten minute recommendation is for "regular" service hours (ie. ending around 1am). Blue Line service continues to be the only overnight transportation (albeit with expanded service).
Dave replying to a comment from Mack Attack / August 20, 2014 at 09:22 am
Are you a moron? These are subways. This is what they do in London, Tokyo, do things. Why would we not want TTC subways on above ground rails that is 90% built already?

Ford Supports / August 20, 2014 at 09:26 am
Rob Ford has stated that he agrees with the improvements.

He only questions the “honour system,” or proof-of-payment system that would let people get on streetcars from any door, and would cost approximately 8 million a year to police and the hiring of many new unionized TTC employees.

SMART MAN. We should be questioning some of the spending. There's nothing wrong with questioning and creating a healthy dialogue as Mayor Ford has done. Too many times in this city we've simply just accepted the proposals without question then have to pay for it in a big way further down the line.
Justathought / August 20, 2014 at 09:38 am
A potential problem with the "honour system" is that many people might jump on a streetcar without paying just to go a couple blocks, thinking that they would avoid a fare monitor on their short trip. If this behaviour became commonplace, it would really slow things down for the streetcars. More people jumping on and off at high frequency.
Rina replying to a comment from Justathought / August 20, 2014 at 09:58 am
YES and not to mention having to put up with the arguements and excuses on the Street car once someone is caught. Stopping the street car so the wrong do-er can be forced off or charged with a fine.
Sa / August 20, 2014 at 12:11 pm
When, though? How long will this take to implement?
Why / August 20, 2014 at 12:31 pm
OH Good now that Olivia Chow has had time to steal/align with this report she can announce her transit plans. Way to go Olivia, use someone else's transit vision for yourself.
Guest replying to a comment from Why / August 20, 2014 at 12:39 pm
Olivia Chow should do the right thing and drop out of the mayoralty race already. Rob Ford should get out too but he is too stubborn.

Not taking responsibilty for a high ranking official in Olivia's campaign making a defamatory statement about another candidate is clue number one that this woman is not fit for the office that Warren Kinsella aspires for her.
Gary / August 20, 2014 at 12:58 pm
Gary / August 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm
I hope 24 hour subways are next.
Gary replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / August 20, 2014 at 01:05 pm
John Tory, much like Rob Ford, has no real plan. He just jumps from idea to idea, without giving anything much thought. He has not had an original idea since, well, never. He is yesterdays failed politician, not a leader. It's sad that a great city like Toronto can't find great leaders. To go from Ford to Tory, is just a huge disappointment.
Warren G replying to a comment from Gary / August 20, 2014 at 02:55 pm
Too Bad Olivia can't even announce a transit plan. Her transit announcement today has been trumped in the news by the comments made by Warren Kinsella towards John Tory. Foolishness from the Chow camp and she needs to take responsibility.

Warren Kinsella tweet angers John Tory campaign
Oli C replying to a comment from Warren G / August 20, 2014 at 04:26 pm
Olivia is no leader! If she can't manage her own staff and volunteers how is she a leader that should be mayor. She can't lead anyone. Kinsella has been a political strategist for years and bills himself as the "Prince of Darkness" of Canadian politics.

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