I’ll Believe It When I See It

So today it was announced that the TTC is going to be investing $21 million dollars to improve service on many of its lines, starting this Sunday.  This comes after significantly raising fares in November.  You can find the lines that are getting improved (and the supposed change in service) on the TTC website.

(photo courtesy of accordion guy)

What I find hilarious is that they think adding an extra bus or streetcar to a line will make a significant difference.   According to the Toronto Transit Commission, the College/Carleton streetcar now comes once every 5 minutes and 30 seconds, and will be improved to every 5 minutes.  This is kind of misleading, as surely these are averages.  The real problem is not the lack of enough vehicles, it’s dispatch problems and congestion.  The other day I waited for the streetcar for more than 25 minutes in the morning rush hour, only to see 14 streetcars – FOURTEEN – lined up back to back to back, coming in the other direction.

Instead of adding random buses and streetcars here and there, the TTC should invest in GPS for each of their vehicles, and a hefty improvement to dispatch training.  That way the buses and steetcars could be (and stay) properly spaced out, and therefore offer regular and timely service.

If you’re interested in further information, here’s CTV’s coverage of the story . . .

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