Here's the list of all streets in Toronto that could get dedicated transit lanes
Even though Americans apparently already think Toronto is a model for amazing public transit — I mean, the TTC did win Outstanding Public Transportation System in North America a few years ago — Torontonians have historically complained a lot about our bus, streetcar and subway service, from its overcrowding and delays to aggressive fare inspectors to Presto malfunctions.
But, the city is constantly improving and expanding our transit network, which has lost hundreds of millions due to COVID-19, including trying out new options that expedite service while also making the city less car-focused and more pedestrian, commuter and cyclist-friendly.
One of the things planned for the TTC is more transit priority corriders, which include dedicated bus lanes like the ones that were rolled out in Scarborough this fall, and an extension of the project formerly known as the King Street Pilot to more of King Street, and some of Queen as well.
In Scarborough with CEO Rick Leary, Mayor @JohnTory and local councillors today announcing the first phase of the #RapidTO bus-only lanes running from Morningside and Ellesmere to Eglinton and Brimley by November.— TTCStuart 🚈🗣️ (@TTCStuart) October 9, 2020
Read more at https://t.co/76eHptzldZ pic.twitter.com/2Agsdi0VIB
According to the City, there is "a need to increase transit priority throughout the city through priority measures on selected bus and streetcar routes," and these measures can vary to include not just reserved or dedicated lanes for buses and streetcars, but also priority signals at main intersections, and a limit or full moratorium on on-street parking during part or all of the day.
20 key routes have already been identified for such measures, based on ridership volume, connectivity to other lines, population and employment growth in the area and how easy they would be to update.
Most of them are not slated for completion until sometime between 2023 and 2031 after a year of engineering studies, and another year of design and public consultations.
The routes and their projected years of completion are as follows:
We're working to make bus schedules on Toronto's busiest routes more reliable and faster to help get essential workers on their way. #RapidTO lanes are painted red and are for buses and bikes only. Learn more at https://t.co/hkEffUjiBr @311Toronto @TTCnotices @cityoftoronto pic.twitter.com/BhoQ1w6nrz— TO Transportation (@TO_Transport) November 30, 2020
The work will also, notably, include "public realm improvements" to stops and curbside areas.
"A reliable comprehensive surface transit network is essential to enable people to move around the city and access employment, business/retail, education and recreational/cultural facilities. 70% of all journeys on the TTC currently include a trip on surface transit," the city's general manager of transportation services says in a report on the subject.
"When transit vehicle travel times and reliability are improved, customer satisfaction and attraction to transit are improved. A network of surface transit priority corridors improves the resiliency of the city's transit system by providing viable transit alternatives to passengers."
Join the conversation Load comments