The TTC is going to remove some stops on the new Eglinton East priority bus lane, but some transit advocacy groups aren’t supportive of the plan.
The new bus lane is 8.5 kilometres which will run along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue. It will be installed fully during October.
So far, around 2 kilometres have been completed on Morningside Avenue.
And while the bus lane is supposed to help ease one of the most heavily used corridors in the city by improving transit reliability, and equity and inclusion of neighbourhood improvement areas, 24 of the 69 bus stops will be removed.
“TTC stops will be consolidated to mimic the future Eglinton East LRT stops: fewer stops, faster and more reliable service,” the TTC 2021 Annual Service plan states.
According to a survey by the transit commission, they noted that the consolidation was done due to; planned stops on the future Eglinton East LRT, ridership at each stop, signalized crosswalks or intersections, connectivity to other transit agencies and stop spacing.
“Fewer stops means faster and more reliable service,” the survey adds.
However, some transit advocacy groups are not supportive of the development.
The TTC Riders group, said that removing local stops could impact accessibility and walkability.
“And TTC is reducing service frequency on bus-only corridors. They say faster travel on bus lanes means they can run fewer buses and have same amount of service, but we want service to improve,” they said on social media.
The #TTC is reducing local stops and service along the Eglinton East bus lane corridor. Do you take the bus on Eglinton E, Kingston, and/or Morningside? Email [email protected] to get connected to other riders. Or fill out the TTC survey here: https://t.co/92c1HniCNs @cllrainslie https://t.co/k7EpwCmbqj
— TTCriders (@ttcriders) September 30, 2020
Another group, Markham and Eglinton Unite!, said the removal of the bus stops on both sides of Cedar Drive & Eglinton, will impact working class, immigrant, and racialized families “who live in the half dozen high rises around these stops.”
“Why are they removing the stop? This may mean less time spent by a driver on his route, but that comes at the cost adding an extra 5 -10 minutes walk without a sidewalk for thousands of people (many disabled and elderly) in the half dozen high-rises who rely on this bus stop,” they said.
On July 14, the TTC Board approved a report to fast-track the installation of priority bus lanes on five of its busiest corridors, with Eglinton East being the first.