The TTC hopes to increase service by summertime (fingers crossed)
Despite cutting service last fall, the TTC is now looking to expand a few lines thanks to the likelihood that lots more people will ride the rocket. According to a new report, the system is designed to handle 503 million commuters, but the TTC will likely shuttle around 512 million (read: way too many) passengers this year. The transit agency wants to use part of the $9-million surplus it should collect in fare revenue as a result to increase its 2012 operating budget by $2.1 million. The money would go toward paying 44 new operators and 10 mechanics, with 79 routes potentially receiving increased service, including the uber-crowded 504 King streetcar (praise the Lord!). The TTC wants the recommendations approved this June so it can start training the new employees ASAP. We’d like that, too: there’s nothing worse than riding a jam-packed streetcar with no air conditioning in the dead of July. [Globe and Mail]
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The new prototype streetcar is also to arrive by autumn. It will be probably be spending the autumn and winter undergoing testing under snow, salt, and leaves conditions before being put into revenue service. However, for it to go into revenue service, the current fare collection system will have to evolve into the Presto system first. So no revenue service for the new streetcar until then.
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