By: Mike Rice
1) Modified radial network
· Committed to major destinations
· Focused on frequent transit network
· Limited transfers
· Routes may be less direct to all pedestrians
2) Grid based network
· Reduced downtown focus
· More direct routes
· Increased number of transfers
· Requires 10 – 15 minute headway on grid routes to facilitate transfers
· Can be inefficient use of resources.
Service Standards to consider
· Design criteria, route directness
· Service levels, proximity to services
· Service quality, effectiveness
· Efficiency, financial performance
· A five year service plan
· Build on the existing network
· Focus on frequent transit network and strategies
· Address immediate issues and opportunities
· Allocate 7,000 new revenue service hours
· Restructure or eliminate routes to match productivity targets
· Minimize impact on existing ridership
· Save 4,000 annual service hours and re-invest in the system
· Reduce duplication on corridors that do not require high levels of service
· Save about 10,000 hours annually
· Eliminate route 7 and re-adjust route 2A and 22
· Eliminate duplication on routes 24 and 16
Some proposed route re-structures
· Identify and re-structure routes where ridership is low
· Save 29,000 hours and return and enhance the system
· Route 1 terminate downtown
· Branch route 17 at Hyde Park Rd because of the demand
· Branch route 2A / 2B at Highbury Rd
· Branch route 6A / 6B south of downtown
Simplify the network
· Separate branch routes where they have little to do with the main route, example route 2C and 1B
· Enhance connections to key destinations, example at Argyle Mall
Expand Express Routes
· Expand on routes 90 and 91, and add 92
· 92 will go from Masonville to Victoria Hospital, via Adelaide St.
· 92 frequency will be 10 minutes at peak hours, 20 minutes mid-day.
Expand new residential and commercial services. Extend existing routes 3A, 24, 31, 34, 40.
Enhance weekday peak and base periods. Address overcrowding and enhance service on base arterial roads. Build ridership, 10 to 20 minutes peak service hours.
Improved Sunday Service
· New service on routes 9A, 9B, 19, 22, 24, 25, 31, 32, 35, 38, 39.
· Increase service frequency on routes that have 60 minute headway
· Start at 7am
· Improve Saturday services on many routes.
2019 Recommended Network Plan
o New and restructured routes
o Weekday and base improvements
o Off peak improvements
o Extended service hours on Sunday mornings, weekday evenings and Saturday evenings.
o All of the above are to be phased in by 2019. A major re-structuring of routes 2A and 25 is to be done in 2016. Ten minute service is to occur in the core of the city. Outside of the core, the service will be 20 – 30 minutes.