The TTC is Testing New Maps and Bus Poles
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The TTC is Testing New Maps and Bus Poles

Bus stops may soon sport better, more informative signage.


The TTC’s bus-stop poles have long been a source of frustration for riders, because they often don’t convey basic information, like the route numbers of the buses that stop in front of them. Now, the commission is doing something about it.

The image at the top of this post is a rendering of a new type of bus pole that the TTC has quietly begun testing on the 94 Wellesley route. Accompanying the new poles are new system maps, which you can see examples of if you click through the image gallery, above.

The new poles, unlike the old poles, have clear route markers. They also have colour-coded emblems to indicate whether or not a bus is an express, and whether it operates overnight.

The new system maps are likewise something of a stylistic upgrade. Unlike the current maps, which are bewildering cat’s cradles of bus and streetcar routes, the new maps are pared down. They only show detailed information for a bus shelter’s immediate vicinity. This means the TTC will have to print different maps for shelters in different areas, but the extra effort may be worthwhile. The customization seems to aid clarity.

These new maps and poles are already installed in some places along the 94 Wellesley bus route, and TTC Corporate Communications Director Brad Ross says they should be rolled out along the entirety of the route by Friday. The TTC will be collecting public feedback. If the test run is successful, we could start seeing more of these across the city.

Here are giant-sized, legible versions of the maps in the gallery:

Wellesley Street West and Queen’s Park Crescent East

Harbord Street and Bathurst Avenue

Parliament Street and Bloor Street East

Queen’s Park Crescent West and Hoskin Avenue

Images courtesy of the TTC.