The RapidTO program, part of the TTC’s 5-Year Service Plan & 10-Year Outlook, aims to move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city. More reliable bus routes with increased capacity will improve access to employment, healthcare and community services, as well as improve transit equity.
These bus corridors are some of the TTC’s most heavily used, with nearly a quarter of a million customers travel them every weekday (pre-COVID conditions). Transit on these corridors plays a significant role in moving large volumes of people and, given priority, could move even more. Even during COVID-19, these corridors continue to play a significant role in moving people around the city.
|Eglinton Avenue East/Kingston Road/Morningside Avenue||Brimley Road to the University of Toronto||Approved by Council – Being Implemented|
|Jane Street||Eglinton Avenue to Steeles Avenue||Under Consideration|
|Dufferin Street||Dufferin Gate to Wilson Avenue||TBD|
|Steeles Avenue West||Yonge Street to Jane Street||TBD|
|Finch Avenue East||Yonge Street to McCowan Road||TBD|
|Lawrence Avenue East||Victoria Park to Rouge Hills Drive||TBD|
Bus lanes are sections of the street designated by regulatory signs and pavement markings for use by public transit, bikes may also use them. Giving priority to buses allows for more reliable service and increased capacity which will help keep transit riders on time.
Priority bus lanes will also have regulatory “No Stopping” signs placed along each corridor. Other vehicles are not allowed to stop or wait in the RapidTO priority bus lanes.
Only buses, wheel-trans, and bikes are allowed on the RapidTO lanes.
Emergency vehicles and vehicles used to conduct City services, such as garbage trucks, are allowed in the lane when required.
Drivers should enter the dashed lane markings and red lanes when turning at intersections or accessing driveways. Solid red lanes mean drivers should not cross or travel on the RapidTO lane.
When entering onto the RapidTO lane, for safety drivers may remain in a priority bus lane not more than 45 metres from the entry point.
For the purpose of exiting from the RapidTO lane (e.g. making a right turn to a side street or driveway), drivers may enter the reserved lane not more than 45 metres before the exit point.
When an emergency vehicle is approaching, drivers should enter the RapidTO lane, when safe, and stop as near to the curb lane as possible. Drivers should merge safely out of the RapidTO lane and back into the mixed traffic lane after the emergency vehicle has passed.
Drivers should be aware and always look for people on bikes, buses and pedestrians when travelling along or moving into RapidTO lanes to make turns. People on bikes and pedestrians should also be aware and look out for buses and cars.
Enforcement of the new lanes, by Toronto Police Service, has begun for the entire Eglinton East corridor (Eglinton/Kingston/Morningside).
Drivers who use the lanes improperly will receive warnings and proactive education from officers, and no violations will be issued right away. Violations will be issued following the two-week enforcement education period.
Regulatory bus lane signs, red lanes and pavement marking symbols are posted along RapidTO lanes to clearly show where RapidTO lanes are in place.
The fine for improper use of a bus lane is $110 and three demerit points.
The fine for stopping in a RapidTO lane is $150.