Toronto Transit Mulls Reducing Stops Along Routes

In a move to increase speed, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is looking to cut some stops from its streetcar and bus routes, rousing debate over whether less is really more - particularly in consideration of elderly and disabled riders.

“The TTC wants to move some of its bus and streetcar stops and eliminate others in a bid to keep its customers safer and speed up service,” writes Tess Kalinowski.

A TTC report is recommending the removal of streetcar and bus stops with lower than normal spacing (between 300-400 meters).

“But Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28, Toronto Centre-Rosedale) says that the new system of stop spacing will inconvenience riders rather than assist them.”

“’If no one is standing at the stop you don’t need to stop the streetcar. But why would you reduce the safety of people who have to walk too far in this kind of cold weather or in extreme heat or are elderly?"

“'If (the TTC) never had to stop,'" she adds, "'they’d get there way quicker.'"

Full Story: TTC plan to cut some stops won't improve service, councillor argues

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