If you were downtown this weekend, you would have noticed some significant changes to King Street, as the city’s one-year Pilot Project officially kicked off.
The project is intended to change the way cars travel on King Street, which is the busiest surface transit route in the city, specifically between Bathurst and Jarvis, with some 65,000 transit users commuting daily.
People and transit will now be given first priority, by improving transit reliability, speed, and capacity.
Today marked the first official morning commute with the new set of traffic restrictions in place and it’s safe to say that transit users loved their shorter and faster commute.
#KingStreetPilot is working! My streetcar sailed across the core this morning. Bravo TTC. We desperatly needed a faster east-west route dowtown.
— Paulina (@readpaulina) November 13, 2017
Hands down, smoothest and fastest commute from Shaw to Yonge on King. I could get used to this. 👏#KingStreetPilot
— Tracy Torchetti (@Torcherama) November 13, 2017
— Fergal (@FergalKerins) November 13, 2017
— Audrey (@MartianMoose) November 13, 2017
Usually don’t take transit to work, but the King streetcar was crazy fast this morning #KingStreetPilot
— Peter (@PeteFromToronto) November 13, 2017
— Ilene Sova Artist (@IleneSova) November 13, 2017
— isaiah (@adamisaiagraham) November 12, 2017
Never thought I’d say this: I’m excited to ride the King streetcar this morning #kingstreetpilot
— Emily Fan (@emilyjustinefan) November 13, 2017
Drivers, on the other hand, weren’t as welcoming of the new changes and continued to drive down King despite police warnings.
— Dawn Bernstein (@guitardawn) November 13, 2017
— Clint Stibbe (@TrafficServices) November 13, 2017
Const. Clint Stibbe said it best, drivers need to get with the program and follow the new rules. Once this happens, everyone will be able to travel down King more efficiently.