National Geographic recently named the TTC’s 501 Queen streetcar route as one of the world’s most scenic trips by transit. It’s also one of the longest streetcar routes in North America, stretching from Long Branch in the west to Neville Park in the east.
For daily passengers, however, the trip often seems more stressful than scenic and the longest route often results in a long list of passenger frustrations. Passengers talk about inconsistent service, irregular schedules and unexpectedly short-turned trips that often seem to occur daily for regular 501 users.
“Fixing the 501: A Queen Streetcar Update” is a public forum to hear from transit riders about their concerns and for TTC staff to talk about how they propose to improve the service. Representatives of other City of Toronto divisions will also attend.
The event takes place:
Monday, June 16, 7 p.m.
Committee Room 2, City Hall, Second Floor,
100 Queen Street West at Bay Street.
Metro News columnist Ed Drass will moderate the event and transit activists including Steve Munro and Transit Toronto’s James Bow will also participate.
The event follows up the dialogue that began during a similar public forum on December 4 and continued with TTC staff’s recent report to the Toronto Transit Commission on May 23. This event and the upcoming Commission meeting on Wednesday, June 18 will provide passengers with the opportunity to have input into how the service operates in the future.
Sandra Bussin, TTC commissioner and City of Toronto Councillor (Ward 32, Beaches-East York), the Rocket Riders Transit Users Group, the Sierra Club of Canada (Ontario Chapter) and Spacing Magazine are organizing the event.