King Street Transit Pilot made permanent
April 19, 2019
Global Korean Post
Toronto City Council today voted 22-3 in favour of making the King Street Transit Pilot permanent. King Street will continue to operate as a transit priority corridor.
The King Street Transit Pilot launched on November 12, 2017 to improve transit reliability, speed, and capacity on the TTC’s busiest surface route, the 504 King streetcar, between Bathurst and Jarvis Streets.
During the pilot, TTC ridership on the 504 King streetcar was up nearly 17 per cent to 84,000 riders per day and afternoon peak period travel times for transit improved by approximately four to five minutes (from about 25 minutes down to 20 minutes). In addition, vehicle travel times during both the morning and afternoon peak periods on east-west streets parallel to King Street, and north-south streets were generally the same (+/- less than a minute).
Going forward, transit stops that were relocated to the far side of most intersections will be made permanent, including the relocation of transit shelters where feasible. Improvements will also be made to street furniture and patios lining the corridor.