From October 18 to November 21, the TTC will conduct a weekday pilot in which the 501 Queen streetcar route will be split in two.
According to a meeting highlights document from early July, the pilot “will help examine the effects of a route split on streetcar gapping, bunching and short turns, as well as study the impact on customers forced to transfer to continue their trip beyond the split.”
Splitting the 501 is not a new idea, and the timing of the trial is most likely in response to growing criticism (particularly from residents of the Beaches) of how the TTC runs its longest streetcar route.
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