Jun 12, 2017

By Andy Johnson

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Transit and traffic are to be transformed on King Street and eventually Queen Street in Toronto.
Details are to be officially published today on a pilot project which could transform how transit and traffic work on King Street where officials estimated the 504 streetcar operates at 20-percent over capacity.

Under the plan, many streetcars will stop after intersections, rather than before and riders will have a dedicated space on the street to wait for and board the red rocket.  Both changes are designed to improve passenger safety and boarding times.

Cars will be required to turn right at most intersections to allow access but prohibit through-traffic.
The 504 King-car is the busiest streetcar or bus route in North America carrying 65-thousand passengers weekly;  more than ride the Sheppard subway line or the Scarborough RT.
The pilot project will be considered by the TTC Board this Thursday and the Mayor’s executive committee on June 19.
On July 5th councilors will have a say on the King Street Pilot and the value of replacing streetcars with buses on Queen Street, which is the the TTC’s second-busiest surface route.
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