November 9, 1999
To: Etobicoke Community Council
From: John W. Thomas, P. Eng., MBA
Director, Transportation Services-District 2
Works and Emergency Services
Subject: Toronto Transit Commission
2000 Service Plan
To advise Etobicoke Community Council of the public transit service changes in District 2 described in the Toronto Transit
Commission's "2000 Service Plan."
Financial Implications and Impact Statement:
There are no financial implications resulting from the adoption of this report.
It is recommended that:
Transportation Services Division staff and the Toronto Transit Commission examine the viability, and costs associated,
with a "bus only" connection from Richview Road to Eglinton Avenue West, and to report to Etobicoke Community
Council on the results of this investigation.
The results of the Toronto Transit Commission's review of transit service improvements for District 2 are contained in their
September 1999 report entitled "2000 Service Plan". (Attachment No. 1) The Plan was forwarded to City Councillors, with
a request for comments on the proposed service changes by 10 November 1999. The results of this consultation will be
presented to the Commission on 8 December 1999.
The TTC anticipates that the service improvements described in the 2000 Service Plan will improve service for
approximately 300,000 customer-trips annually, and will increase ridership by approximately 55,000 customer-trips each
year. The Plan introduces these recommended changes for a trial period, with a post-implementation review occurring six
months after the changes are made.
The following summarises the 2000 Service Plan recommendations for public transit routes in District 2.
1. Recommended New and Revised Services
a) Lester B. Pearson International Airport - New Service from Kipling Station
This new service introduces a connection between Kipling Station and Terminals 2 and 3 at Lester B. Pearson International
Airport, via Aukland Road, Dundas Street West and Highway No.427. It will operate during weekday peak periods. Buses
will serve the existing TTC stops at Kipling Station and Dundas Street West/The East Mall, and the airport arrival levels at
Terminals 2 and 3.
The TTC forecasts that the new route will generate approximately 310 customer-trips, with nearly one-half being trips new
to the TTC.
b) 80 Queensway - Increase Service Levels
The TTC examined ridership data on the 80 Queensway, 110 Islington South and 311 Islington routes to determine if
service levels need to be increased to accommodate new development along The Queensway, specifically the proposed
"Cineplex" theatre complex at the southwest corner of Islington Avenue and The Queensway. The Plan reports that there is
no overcrowding on these routes at present, but that service levels will be evaluated, and adjusted if necessary, as part of
the TTC's monitoring process.
c) 73 Royal York - Revised looping at Dixon Road
During the evening on Saturday, Sunday and holidays, the route 73A Royal York bus turns back to Royal York Road from
Dixon Road by running south on Roxaline Street, then west on Royaleigh Avenue. To provide better customer service and
shorter waiting times, this routing will be eliminated. Buses will turn back to Royal York Road by travelling east on Dixon
Road, south on Scarlett Road, then west to Royal York Road along Lawrence Avenue.
d) 37A Islington - Sunday and holiday evening service on Rexdale Boulevard
The 37A Islington route currently operates Monday to Saturday between 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m., and from 10:00 a.m. to
7:00 p.m. on Sundays. The TTC proposes that Sunday and holiday service operate until 1:00 a.m. The TTC anticipates that
the new service will create approximately 280 customer-trips. More than two-thirds of these customer-trips will be new to
e) 112 West Mall - Monday to Friday evening service to Disco Road
The TTC proposes that the 112 West Mall bus service to Disco Road operate with service every thirty minutes between
6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. The route currently operates during weekday peak and midday periods only.
Ninety customer-trips will be generated by this proposal; one-half consisting of trips new to the TTC.
6. Service Changes to Improve Financial Performance
a) 110 Islington South
Since September 1999, vehicle headways on the 110 Islington South route during the Monday to Friday morning peak
period have increased from five minutes to six minutes. Starting in January 2000, vehicle headways on the 110A Islington
South bus route will increase from thirty minutes to sixty minutes between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on weekdays.
b) 30 Lambton
Starting in January 2000, vehicle headways during weekday a.m. and p.m. peak periods will increase from twenty minutes
to thirty minutes.
c) 46 Martin Grove
Starting in January 2000, vehicle headways after 10:00 p.m. on Sundays will increase from thirty minutes to forty minutes.
d) 112 West Mall
Effective January 2000, buses north of Renforth Drive/International Boulevard will operate north only on Skyway Avenue,
Attwell Drive and Brockport Drive, west on Disco Road, and south on Carlingview Drive, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00
p.m. on weekdays.
5. Changes Already Approved but not yet Introduced
a) 73 Royal York - Service on Richview Road
In the "1999 Service Plan" the TTC approved a recommendation to introduce weekday peak period service on La Rose
Avenue, between Royal York Road and Scarlett Road, and along Richview Road. Bus service on La Rose Avenue started
in May 1999, but only after road improvements were made that significantly increased the northbound to eastbound turning
radius at the south approach to the signalised intersection of La Rose Avenue/ Royal York Road. This improvement was
required to accommodate the bus turning path.
As described in the 1999 and 2000 Service Plans, the TTC's 73 Royal York bus service is proposed to run westbound on
Richview Road, accessing westbound Eglinton Avenue West through a "bus only" connection. Richview Road currently
ends in a cul-de-sac at its west limit, and the existing bus service operates south on Scarlett Road to Eglinton Avenue West,
then west along Eglinton Avenue West to southbound Royal York Road.
In our 6 November 1998, report to Etobicoke Community Council concerning the 1999 Service Plan, we stated that there
were "...no immediate plans (or programming) to connect Richview Road with Eglinton Avenue West; the bus service
would therefore have to operate via Eglinton Avenue West." It should be noted that in 1984, Council for the former City of
Etobicoke authorised staff to explore the possibility of connecting Richview Road with Eglinton Avenue West as a means
of accommodating future area traffic volumes (Attachment No. 2); however, this proposal never advanced beyond the
preliminary stage. While the connection has merits from a traffic operations perspective, there have been no requests from
Richview Road residents to open the road to through traffic.
Creating a new access to Eglinton Avenue West from Richview Road provides a convenient alternative route around the
Eglinton Avenue West/Scarlett Road intersection, not only for the TTC but for the motoring public as well; consequently,
we anticipate that restricting this proposed access to TTC vehicles only will be difficult to enforce, and that compliance
will probably be minimal. A centre median on Eglinton Avenue West is required to prohibit unauthorised turning
movements near the proposed access. To accommodate the bus turning path also requires that we increase the corner radius
at the northwest corner of Richview Road and Scarlett Road.
There is no funding for these improvements in the 2000 capital budget, and the project will have to be included in the
capital budget for 2001.
As indicated previously, it is not unlikely that the public will use this connection as an alternative means of vehicle access
to westbound Eglinton Avenue West. Should this occur, Etobicoke Community Council will have to decide whether to
open Richview Road to through traffic. This option requires approval under the Municipal Class Environmental
Assessment provisions of The Environmental Assessment Act.
2. Proposals Requiring Further Action
a) 37A Islington - Operate via Woodbine Racetrack
To reduce their customer's walking distance, TTC staff are examining a proposal to reroute the 37A Islington bus to
provide service directly into Woodbine Racetrack. This proposal is still under analysis. Discussions with Woodbine
Racetrack are underway to locate and design a bus loop on the Racetrack's property.
b) 58 Malton and 307 Eglinton West - Service to Pearson Airport Terminal 3
TTC staff examined rerouting the 58 Malton and 307 Eglinton West buses to provide a new service to Terminal 3. While
the TTC's analysis showed that the new service could generate approximately 275 customer-trips daily, it inconveniences
approximately 4,300 p.m. peak period customer-trips on the rest of the 58 Malton route. The TTC emphasises, however,
that redevelopment and expansion of the terminal facilities at Lester B. Pearson International Airport requires new
ridership projections. TTC staff and representatives of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority will meet to determine if
more accurate data is available.
c) 58 Malton - Saturday Service to Westwood Mall
The Plan recommends that service to Westwood Mall (at Morning Star Drive and Goreway Drive in the City of
Mississauga) on the 58 Malton bus route is provided on Saturdays between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The
present bus service operates Monday to Friday only.
The TTC indicates that the projected fare revenues will not cover the cost of providing the new service, and that approval
will be conditional upon satisfactory funding arrangements with the City of Mississauga to cover the TTC's operating costs.
4. Other Proposals Examined and Not Recommended
a) Bethridge Road - New Service
The Plan examined a proposal to introduce a bus route on Bethridge Road by rerouting the 45 and 45A Kipling routes;
however, a financial assessment of these two options showed that the changes were not cost effective, and the service is not
b) Claireport Crescent - New Service
The Plan examined a proposal for bus service in the Claireport Crescent area of north Etobicoke. Extending the 73 Royal
York and 60 Steeles West routes to provide weekday peak period service was examined by TTC staff; however, it is not
being recommended. A financial assessment showed that the proposed route will not be cost effective, and results in
increased customer waiting time.
c) 36 Finch West - Service on Humber College Boulevard
A proposal to reroute the 36 Finch West bus to provide service on Finch Avenue, John Garland Boulevard, Humber
College Boulevard, Humberline Drive/ Humberwood Boulevard to the bus loop south of Upper Humber Drive, is not
recommended in the Plan. The TTC's analysis showed that the proposed service was an overall inconvenience for
d) Trehorne Drive - New Service
A request to route the 52 Lawrence West bus along Trehorne Drive during weekday peak periods was examined by the
TTC. Their analysis showed that the proposal will cause an overall inconvenience to customers, especially with regard to
longer in-vehicle travel time, and the service is not recommended.
5. Post-implementation Reviews of Service Changes
a) 37A Islington - Service on Queen's Plate Drive
In February 1998, the 37A Islington bus route was changed to operate via Queen's Plate Drive. Northbound buses run west
on Rexdale Boulevard; north, west and south on Queen's Plate Drive to Rexdale Boulevard; then westbound on Rexdale
Boulevard to Humberwood Loop. Eastbound/southbound buses run east on Rexdale Boulevard; north, east and south on
Queen's Plate Drive to Rexdale Boulevard; and continue east on Rexdale Boulevard. The TTC reports that these changes
resulted in better customer service at no increase in cost. The service is recommended as a regular route.
b) 96B Wilson - Revised Routing on Humberline Drive
In February 1998, the 96B Wilson bus route was rerouted to operate on Humberline Drive, between Finch Avenue West
and Humber College Boulevard. The TTC's analysis showed that the change improved service for passengers on
Humberline Drive, between Finch Avenue and Humber College Boulevard, without significant impact on transit ridership
or walking distances along the rest of the route. The Plan recommends that the service become a regular part of the TTC
c) 96E Wilson Express - Revised Routing on Elmhurst Drive
In September 1998, the TTC rerouted the 96E Wilson Express bus route to operate on Elmhurst Drive only, between
Islington Avenue and Brookmere Road. Service was discontinued on Hinton Road and Harefield Road. The TTC's analysis
showed that the change reduced passenger in-vehicle travel time for approximately 950 daily customer-trips, compared to
just 60 daily customer-trips where service declined. The Plan recommends that the service become a regular part of the
With the exception of the proposed "bus only" connection from westbound Richview Road to westbound Eglinton Avenue
West, the improvements to TTC service in District 2 described in the 2000 Service Plan require no significant capital
funding. The TTC expects that these improvements will increase the transit system's service levels, financial performance,
The TTC's proposal to introduce a "bus only" connection from Richview Road to Eglinton Avenue West requires further
analysis by both this Division and the TTC concerning traffic safety, cost and long-term operational impacts. This item will
be the subject of a separate report to Etobicoke Community Council.
Allan Smithies, Manager, Traffic Planning/R-O-W Management, District 2
(416) 394-8412; Fax 394-8942
John W. Thomas, P. Eng., MBA
Director, Transportation Services - District 2
File Path: C:\in\IT009
List of Attachments:
1. TTC 2000 Service Plan
2. Proposed connection of Richview Road/Eglinton Avenue West by former City of Etobicoke Council