There’s one thing that we can all agree on– the King streetcar is slow and needs some optimization. Why is it important to optimize the King Streetcar? It’s the busiest streetcar in Toronto’s network, and it often gets bunched up. There are a number of reasons why, but I’ll focus on just a couple.
- Single door boarding
- Sharing the road with other users, more troublesome at peak travel times
- Close proximity of stops
As of late, the King Streetcar has been given some TLC and will see the introduction of all-door boarding in the new year. It’s the first step to improving service but I think more can be done.
Another example on King at 0847 today. Note big gap on Ronces. pic.twitter.com/V2L5wKegLq
— Steve Munro (@SwanBoatSteve) December 8, 2014
Three things that will make the King Streetcar better:
- All-door boarding.
- Happening in the new year.
- Make the downtown portion of King St exclusive to transit and taxis.
- A similar tactic is used on Calgary’s 7th Avenue.
- An old idea that has already been proposed a little differently.
- Ensure that stops are 250-350 metres apart.
- This recommendation was made by the TTC.