The TTC has started rolling out the new bus-only lanes.
The transit commission has so far completed 2 kilomtres of the 8.5 kilometre lane along Morningside Avenue, spokesperson Stuart Green told Daily Hive.
The painting and installing of the bus-only lane is being done in preparation for the improved bus service coming to Scarborough on October 11.
Crews have started painting/installing 8.5 km of #RapidTO bus-only lanes (ok, buses and bikes) along Morningside Ave. in preparation for improved bus service coming to #Scarborough on Oct. 11! They run from Eglinton/Brimley to U of T Scarb. Read more at https://t.co/gfrtkwvIOr pic.twitter.com/e3mUHD5odu
— TTCStuart (@TTCStuart) September 10, 2020
This is part of the RapidTO project which was unanimously approved by City Council in July.
Now, 8.5 kilometres of priority RapidTO bus lanes on Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue will be installed fully by October.
Eglinton East is among the TTC’s most heavily used corridors and during the pandemic continues, “to play a significant role in moving people around the city.”
The corridor emerged as the top candidate for the accelerated installation of priority bus lanes based on an assessment of several factors including improvement to transit reliability, available right-of-way, and considerations for transportation equity and inclusion of neighbourhood improvement areas.
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The new bus lane runs along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue from Brimley Road, through to the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.
According to the City, the existing High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on Eglinton Avenue East will be converted to priority bus lanes, and curbside general-purpose lanes on Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue will be converted to priority bus lanes.
“The priority bus lanes will be reserved for buses and bicycles 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and identified using red surface treatment and signage. The one-time installation cost is approximately $7.8 million,” a release notes.
On July 14, the TTC Board approved a report to fast-track the installation of priority bus lanes on five of its busiest corridors.
The five corridors, which had a combined pre-COVID-19 ridership of approximately 220,000 passengers per weekday, include:
- Eglinton Avenue East/Kingston Road/Morningside Avenue from Kennedy Subway Station to the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus
- Jane Street from Eglinton Avenue West to Steeles Avenue West
- Dufferin Street from Dufferin Gate to Wilson Avenue
- Steeles Avenue West from Yonge Street to Pioneer Village Subway Station
- Finch Avenue East from Yonge Street to McCowan Road
- Lawrence East (East of Victoria Park to Rouge Hills Drive) was subsequently added as the sixth priority corridor