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Morning, evening TTC trips spike during King Street pilot project

Last Updated Aug 16, 2018 at 4:58 pm EST

A TTC streetcar passes the framework for new patios for the King Street Transit in Toronto on May 1, 2018. CITYNEWS

New numbers released by the city suggest King Street commuters are taking the TTC more than ever before.

According to the latest release of data, weekday morning ridership on the King streetcar lines during May and June have spiked 35 per cent while the evening commute is up 27 per cent.

Reliability in travel times during the morning commute has also increased as 85 per cent of all streetcars arrived within a four minute window.

Travel times between Bathurst and Jarvis streets is also speeding up during the afternoon commute. The city says the slowest travel time has improved by approximately five minutes.

The report says pedestrian and cycling volumes have increased, consistent with seasonal changes.

While customer spending on King Street since the pilot began compared to the same months from the previous year is up slightly at 0.3 per cent, the area surrounding the pilot saw an increase of almost six per cent.

The project started last fall and is scheduled to continue until the end of this year.

Muskoka chairs lined up on King Street West as part of the King Street Transit Pilot in Toronto on Aug. 16, 2018. CITYNEWS/George Joseph
Muskoka chairs lined up on King Street West as part of the King Street Transit Pilot in Toronto on Aug. 16, 2018. CITYNEWS/George Joseph