The much-anticipated all-day 28 Bayview bus service will begin operation this week. The new service will be operated from Monday to Friday, and during the evenings on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. It brings an end the transit isolation of south-end neighbourhoods like South Leaside, Bennington Heights and Moore Park from the South Bayview commercial district. The bus runs from the Davisville subway station directly along Davisville and Bayview to the Evergreen Brick Works. One of the stops is at Bayview and Moore where an easy transfer can be made to the 88 Leaside. The service will operate every 20 minutes in the peak periods and midday from Monday to Friday, and every 30 minutes at all other times.
BULLDOG IN FOREFRONT
The South Bayview Bulldog was in the forefront of efforts to close the gap in Bayview Ave transit and has made many submissions to the TTC and others about a solution. Credit must be given to Jon Burnside (Ward 26) for his continuing interest and efforts in this effort. And Lorna Krawchuk recalls the work of Carol Fripp on behalf of the LPOA. Success! 28 Bayview bus will run 7 days a week in 2016
Weekend service will run 7-days-a-week by mid-2016
The TTC meeting scheduled for Monday, June 22, 2015, will address a report from Mitch Stambler, head of strategy and service planning. It calls for the adoption of an enlargement of the 28 Bayview South bus service into a seven-day-a-week route which would effectively end the absence of service on Bayview Ave between Moore Ave and the business district at Bayview and Millwood. The so-called “TTC dead zone” on Bayview has been a source of complaint by south-end residents for many years. The proposed 28 Bayview South service will be the first full-time buses to be seen on that portion of Bayview since the construction of the Yonge Street subway in the 1950s. The 88 Leaside heads east on Sutherland on its outbound route to South Leaside and Thorncliffe Park.
SERVICE WILL START IN MID-2016
The new 28 bus route cannot be started until mid-2016 because an additional delivery of buses is needed. But when that is in place, it will permit residents of Moore Park, Bennington Heights and the Crestview apartments bus access to the business district. All neighbours on adjoining streets like Southvale, Leacrest, Astor, Bessborough and Rolph will be well placed to use this service. On the Davisville Village side of Bayview, shoppers heading north and south (say to Loblaws) will find the 7-day-a-week service of use. The TTC stop outside Hasty Market and Gymboree at Bayview and Moore will be a busy transfer point between the 88 Leaside and the 28 Bayview At the north end riders will be able to shop and visit medical and dental services or they may transfer to the 11 Bayview for destinations further north like Leaside High School and Sunnybrook Hospital. The South Bayview Bulldog has communicated with many families, including seniors, who wanted to be able to go to their preferred business district by TTC. The work of Ward 26 Councillor Jon Burnside has helped to get this matter focused at the TTC and it was under his auspices that the TTC decided to review service on Bayview Ave. There is a clear benefit for the merchants of South Bayview and their BIA. Members might wish to get their name on lighted bus signboards (it only makes sense).
Jon Burnside (Ward 26) has written to constituents reporting that TTC will again study the absence of service from areas of south Leaside and other south end neighbourhoods. These include Bennington Heights, Moore Park and places such as the Crestview apartments on Leacrest Road as well as residential streets such as Bessborough, Southlea, Astor and Rolph, to name a few. The Councillor says that during a planning meeting with the TTC it was discovered that it had been applying “incorrect data.” This resulted in a decision to review the matter and report back at the meeting of June 22, 2015. As readers of the South Bayview Bulldog will know, it has been an abiding issue that there is no service from the south end because buses turn east at Sutherland. This routing has a purpose perhaps but it leaves residents unable to travel by transit for shopping, medical service or go to school in the business district and beyond. This is a matter as well for the merchants of South Bayview and their new Business Improvement Area.
Stalled bus on Moore at Welland at 6 p.m. Ugh!
Inbound traffic between 5 and 6 p.m. was stalled at Moore Ave at Welland Ave. Friday (May 29, 2015). Traffic was backed up both ways as an 88 Leaside bus was worked on by a mechanic. Inset top, a lady scurries east on Moore to get back inside that silver Audi. Maybe she was out directing traffic. Lower inset, grim drivers head east, freed from the knotted intersection. Bus is gone now
Loyal reader, naturalist and Leaside gadfly Rudy Limeback is saying tonight that he waited a while for the 88 South Leaside on Overlea Blvd to take him back to Bayview Ave. but he spent the first 45 minutes talking to the driver because of another disruption at the CP Rail mainline crossing on Wicksteed Ave. So the bus was delayed. Those gates can be cranky. Seems we have a diversion of the 88 at least once a month. Tonight it was closed from about 8 to 9 p.m.
Yszi Hawkings was on Twitter Wednesday morning complaining about the slow motion of the 11 Bayview bus again today. She picks it up at Davisvile station to get to Sunnybrook Hospital and today the wait during rush hour was more than 30 minutes. Yzsi got off the train at 8.13 so a wait of half an hour would make her very late for work. Service is supposed to be every five minutes She tweeted @TTCnotices about this “abysmal” service and got an apology. Not worth much if the boss is cranky.
Our beloved South Bayview is singing the winter blues. At the “downtown” intersection of Millwood and Bayview (above) Hydro is up to its old tricks. Nothing to do with the weather, they say. But it’s cold all the same. There’s enough cable on that reel to stretch to Muskoka. It is even slower down at Bayview and Moore Ave as once again Father Frigid Finger has broken the traffic lights. With no lights and parked trucks it is very tricky getting in and out of any of the businesses there. Police are on duty.