The TTC has beefed up its service, adding several new express bus routes to city streets.
The buses rolled out on Sunday and Monday, the TTC said.
The five new routes are 24E Victoria Park Express, 185 Don Mills Rocket,186 Wilson Rocket, 188 Kipling South Rocket, 199B Finch Rocket, and 199C Finch Rocket. Buses on these routes will skip stops, TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said back in January.
Mayor John Tory said Thursday the express bus routes will “make it easier for the people of Toronto to get to work and home to their families.”
“These service improvements are the beginning of a longer-term plan for a robust express bus network throughout the city,” TTC Chair Josh Colle said in a statement.
Earlier this year, 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 premium fare that currently charges on its five existing downtown express routes. The TTC said 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.