Toronto: Fifty new TTC buses out on transit routes across the city today


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The No. 6 Bay TTC Bus travelling south on Bay St., south of Richmond St. This bus route will have service increased during peak periods, Monday to Friday, to reduce crowding and waiting times. photo by

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Starting today, 50 new TTC buses are out on transit routes across the city as part of a $95 million investment approved by city council in 2015.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday morning, Mayor John Tory and TTC Chair Josh Colle outlined how the transit investment will improve service on bus routes around Toronto.

“As of today, (24 routes) across the city have new buses on them and increased bus service during peak hour with more to come later in the year,” Tory told reporters Tuesday.

The TTC says the investment will decrease crowding on 24 of the city’s busiest bus routes during peak hours, including the 25 Don Mills, 111 East Mall, and 16 McCowan.

Five routes, according to the city, will get revised schedules to improve service reliability and seven other routes will have additional trips added throughout the week.

“I think it is important to note that thousands of Torontonians use bus service on a daily basis to get to work and to get to school and that’s the investment that was made,” Colle said Tuesday.

“This is still the beginning. We are going to see later in a couple of months, the express buses and those new routes rolled out across the city.”

The first of the TTC's articulated buses went into service last December, but there's a snag with the bike rack on the new bendy buses (100 of which are currently in operation). Bicycles stored on the rack can impair a driver's vision, a recent ergonomic review (initiated after a complaint) found. The Ministry of Labour ordered the TTC to stop using the racks, and the TTC is working to find an engineering solution to the problem. The TTC also has an issue with accesories interfering with driver vision on the Orion VII style bus, but those racks will still be in use.
The No. 29 Dufferin Bus, on Dufferin St. north of Bloor St. W. This is a very busy street and improvements to this route have been made in the past. photo by

Reduced peak period crowding

The following 24 bus routes will have service increases during peak periods, Monday to Friday, to reduce crowding and waiting times.

• 6 Bay

• 21 Brimley

• 20 Cliffside

• 25 Don Mills

• 143 Downtown/Beach Express

• 144 Downtown/Don Valley Express

• 125 Drewry

• 111 East Mall

• 195 Jane Rocket

• 83 Jones

• 12 Kingston Rd

• 44 Kipling South

• 102 Markham Rd

• 46 Martin Grove

• 16 McCowan

• 57 Midland

• 65 Parliament

• 66 Prince Edward

• 134 Progress

• 123 Shorncliffe

• 55 Warren Park

• 94 Wellesley

• 112 West Mall

• 89 Weston

Victoria Park Bus with front-end bicycle rack, carrying two bicycles.
Articulated TTC bus (No. 24 Victoria Park) with a bike rack at the front. photo by

Service reliability improvements

The following routes will have schedule adjustments to improve service reliability.

• 20 Cliffside

• 113 Danforth

• 23 Dawes

• 57 Midland

• 85 Sheppard East

Additional Service Increases

Extra trips will be operated at various times of the week on the following routes.

• 61 Avenue Rd North

• 15 Evans

• 42 Cummer

• 47 Lansdowne

• 56 Leaside

• 73 Royal York

• 80 Queensway

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