TTC adds minimum of 47 extra buses to allow for better physical distancing

Apr 1 2020, 5:52 am

A day after the TTC encouraged transit users to get on buses off peak hours, they have announced that they will be adding more buses during peak service hours.

“In order to reduce customer volume and allow for better physical distancing, we are providing a minimum of 47 extra buses for early AM and AM peak service on higher volume routes,” said the TTC on April 1.

“We encourage customers to delay delaying any trips until after 8 am whenever possible.”

Besides the extra buses, the TTC said it has 14 supervisors assigned to key positions throughout the system to direct additional buses to where they are needed most on high ridership routes.

“Please note that this is today’s list and it may fluctuate throughout the day and on other days going forward,” said the TTC.

The added buses are on the following routes:

  • 300 Bloor-Danforth Blue Night – 5 extra buses
  • 320 Yonge Blue Night – 4 extra buses
  • 29 Dufferin – 4 extra buses
  • 35 Jane – 6 extra buses
  • 37 Islington – 3 extra buses
  • 39 Finch East – 4 extra buses
  • 41 Keele – 4 extra buses
  • 44 Kipling South – 2 extra buses
  • 52 Lawrence West – 2 extra buses (Airport trips)
  • 96 Wilson – 4 extra buses
  • 102 Markham Rd – 4 extra buses
  • 117 Alness-Chesswood – 2 extra buses
  • 119 Torbarrie – 2 extra buses
  • 123 Sherway – 2 extra buses
  • 165 Weston Rd North – 3 extra buses

Although ridership remains lower than usual on the TTC during the COVID-19 pandemic, several bus routes have been identified as “very busy”.

According to the TTC, those travelling on these routes should consider other times, generally after 7 am, “unless your trip is essential,” to encourage physical distancing.

“Also, please practice physical distancing at bus stops and on-board vehicles,” said the TTC on Tuesday.

The busy morning routes identified by the TTC include:

  • 123 Sherway
  • 117 Alness-Chesswood:
  • 96 Wilson
  • 35 Jane
  • 165 Weston Rd North
  • 119 Torbarrie
  • 102 Markham Road
  • 44 Kipling South
  • 41 Keele

Last week, the TTC announced it was no longer accepting payment by cash, tickets, or tokens on buses and asks all customers to board and exit using the rear doors when possible to keep operators safe and ensure physical distancing.