The TTC is beefing up its service, adding five new express bus routes to the streets by the end of March.
The five new routes are: 185 Don Mills Rocket, 199 Finch Rocket, 188 Kipling South Rocket, 24E Victoria Park Express and 186 Wilson Rocket.
“The TTC is responding to our customers’ needs and continues to add new and enhanced services across the city,” TTC chair Josh Colle said in a release.
The routes “will provide faster, direct, and more reliable bus service to better connect our customers to their schools and jobs.”
TTC chief customer officer Chris Upfold told The Toronto Star that the express buses should cut trip times by about 20 per cent in some cases.
According to The Star, the new routes won’t necessarily be the busiest in the city, but will cover a growing volume of riders.
The new express buses won’t cost the double fare that it currently charges on its five existing downtown express routes, The Star reports. It will cost the same as a regular bus.
“Somebody could get on the local bus, go to an exchange point and get on an express bus,” Upfold told the newspaper.
The improved service is expected to attract about 400,000 new customers this year and cost $3.4 million annually.
It’s part of the $95 million investment in public transit made by city council in 2015, and is included in the TTC’s 2016 operating base budget.
Below is a list of the route details (courtesy of the TTC):
185 Don Mills Rocket
Express service in the Don Mills Road, Overlea Boulevard and Pape Avenue corridor, between Pape Station and Steeles Avenue East. This service will operate during the daytime and early evening, Monday to Friday, and during the daytime on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
199 Finch Rocket
The 199A will still provide express service between Scarborough Centre Station and Finch Station.
The 199B is a new branch providing express service between Scarborough Centre Station and York University via Finch Station, during the daytime and early evening, Monday to Friday.
The 199C is a new branch, providing express service between Finch Station and Morningside Heights during the morning and afternoon peak periods, Monday to Friday.
188 Kipling South Rocket
Express service will be introduced on Kipling Ave. between Kipling Station and the Humber College campus on Lake Shore Boulevard West, during the daytime from Monday to Friday, when demand is greatest at the college.
24E Victoria Park Express
Express service will be introduced on Victoria Park Ave. between Victoria Park Station and Steeles Ave. E., operating between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
186 Wilson Rocket
Express service will be introduced in the Wilson Ave. corridor between York Mills Station and the north campus of Humber College. This new route will replace the existing 96E Wilson Express branch, and will operate during the daytime Monday to Friday, when demand is greatest at the college.