Given that Rob Ford spent the entire Toronto election campaign fulminating about waste and gravy, it's a matter of course that he'd go looking for it wherever he thought he might find some - and hizzoner thinks he has found some more in the TTC. Only a couple of years ago, more than eighty-five percent of TTC routes ran until 1 AM; now, of course, service is being throttled back. Perhaps the biggest single cut is falling upon the 162 Lawrence-Donway route, for which service will end at 7 PM on weekdays, and which will not run at all on weekends and holidays.
To be honest, that didn't much surprise me. 162 Lawrence-Donway goes through the Bridle Path, one of the single richest neighborhoods in Toronto; generally speaking, it seems people who live in mansions with intercoms at the front gates tend not to rely on public transit. Nevertheless, it's an expansion of the transit desert. With the cutbacks on the Lawrence-Donway bus, the entire area bounded by Bayview to the west, York Mills to the north, Leslie to the east and Eglinton to the south has no transit service whatsoever when that bus isn't running.
It's not the only one, of course. It's just the most glaring.
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