The TTC believes more people are now riding the route, and the agency is being forced to add vehicles to deal with the resulting crowding.
The King St. pilot project has caused dramatic improvements in travel times and reliability on the TTC’s busiest streetcar route, according to data analyzed by University of Toronto researchers.
The statistics show that during the evening rush hour period of 4 to 7 p.m., the mean travel time for westbound streetcars in the pilot area has been cut by 24 per cent, to 17.3 minutes, from 22.8 minutes before the pilot began. The mean travel time for eastbound streetcars has been reduced by 20 per cent, to 16.4 minutes from 20.6 minutes.
The data also shows that during the evening rush, before the Nov. 12 start of the project, 19 per cent of streetcars took longer than 25 minutes to travel the 2.6-kilometre pilot area, which stretches from Bathurst to Jarvis Sts. Since the project began, only 1.3 per cent of evening rush hour streetcars are taking longer than 25 minutes.