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TTC boost in service begins

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 | 11:42 AM ET
CBC News

The Toronto Transit Commission put additional buses on the roads Tuesday as part of its multimillion-dollar plan to improve service.

Riders on a Finch West bus near Keele Street said they noticed a slight easing of crowded conditions compared to previous morning weekday trips.

Some passengers had to stand, but there was still room. One man told CBC News reporter Lorenda Reddekopp of incident when someone got stuck in the doors while trying to board a too-crowded bus.

Overcrowding is a safety concern for many riders, Reddekopp said.

“There were some women who told me they sometimes feel unsafe on the bus because there is so much pushing and shoving and they don’t know what that could lead to,” she said.

There will be 29 additional buses running during the morning rush and 40 more in the afternoon. In all, 43 of the city’s busiest routes will be affected.

The TTC announced last week that it would be spending $21 million to improve service over the next year.