Frequency and span of service… are the most important indicators of majorness, because they are the answers to the question: “Does this service exist when I need it?” Notice that this not a question about service quality, but rather about service existence. Until you’ve verified existence, all the other features of a service — even speed — are irrelevant details.
The TTC does not currently provide a map that can tell a person where transit runs often enough that you don’t have to plan your trip around a timetable. Instead, the current network map is designed in a way that makes it very difficult to disentangle bus routes. Can you look at the map to the right and tell which route runs all day, only at peak hours, or only every half hour? All the bus and streetcar lines look equally important, yet they are not.
Instead of the tangle of lines in the TTC map, a Frequent Transit Network Map for Toronto would look more like this:
The map shows only the important routes. The routes where you won’t be waiting for more than 10 minutes on weekdays and 15 minutes on the weekend.*
Do you think it would be useful if the TTC published a Frequent Service Map? How does it change your sense of our transit network?
*Based on posted schedules from March 2012.