King Street Transit Pilot Overview
The King Street Transit Pilot between Bathurst Street and Jarvis Street aims to improve transit reliability, speed, and capacity, the Pilot launched on Sunday, November 12, 2017. The Pilot is changing how King Street works by not allowing private vehicles through intersections and instead giving priority to streetcars. The King Street Transit Pilot will explore ideas for how to redesign King Street in order to achieve objectives to:
- Move people more efficiently
- Support economic prosperity
- Improve place-making
- Busiest surface transit route in the city: 72,000 daily ridership for the entire 504 King and 514 Cherry routes
- Third busiest transit corridor overall, behind only line 1 Yonge-University Subway and Line 2 Bloor-Danforth Subway
- Not working well for transit: slow travel speeds (sometimes walking can be faster), unreliable spacing between streetcars, overcrowding
- About 20,000 vehicles use King Street per day, largely for local trips (based on counts at King / Spadina – the King St. intersection with the highest daily volume of traffic). Most of these vehicles can use parallel streets instead
- Downtown residents are driving less: 75% walk, cycle or take transit
- Future Downtown growth and increased demand will add to transit ridership pressures
Why a Pilot Project?
- Helps the City try out new ideas, quickly and cost-effectively, and learn what works and what doesn’t.
- Offers an opportunity to have discussions with stakeholders and the public.
The Study will explore a range of options suited to the different neighbourhoods along the 6-km corridor from Dufferin Street in the west to River Street in the east.