TTC eases up on cuts to bus routes

The Toronto Star

Tess Kalinowski Transportation Reporter

The TTC is expected to announce Monday it has slashed the list of 48 routes that were to have their weekend and evening hours cut due to low ridership.

Seven routes have been thrown a lifeline, including the 98 Willowdale bus that serves the Rotary Cheshire Home for people who are blind and deaf.

That bus will continue to run weekdays until 1 a.m. and weekends until 10 p.m., The Toronto Star has learned.

In all, 72 of 212 threatened boarding periods will be…

saved with only about half the original service cuts going ahead.

Last week the TTC held four evenings of public consultation and met with city councillors on the transit commission on Tuesday morning to work out a revised list of service amendments.

Also handed a partial reprieve are the 120 Calvington bus. It will now run Sundays and holidays until 10 p.m. The 101 Downsview Park bus that served members of a roller derby has also been reinstated. It will now run Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cutting the 48 routes was supposed to save the TTC $7 million, with the service supposedly reallocated to overcrowded routes in the fall.

The less dramatic cuts will likely reduce the savings to about $4 million.

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