Liberty Village chartered bus launching full-service later this month
A charter bus runs directly between Union Station and Liberty Village.
Published Tuesday, January 6, 2015 5:10PM EST
A privately-run Toronto bus service that shuttles downtown commuters between Liberty Village and Union Station will resume full operations later this month.
Dubbed the Liberty Village Express, LineSix Transit ran a week-long trial of the chartered service in October 2014.
The bus company -- named after an album from Toronto's own Drake, "View From the 6" -- said the service is expected to resume on Jan. 19. It will provide commuters in the downtown core with an alternative to the Toronto Transit Commission’s often-crowded 504 King streetcar.
"The Liberty Village Express will provide people living and working in Liberty Village with the best transit experience available," LineSix co-founder Taylor Scollon said in a statement Monday.
Similar to the trial service last fall, the bus will stop at the intersections of Pirandello and East Liberty Streets, and University Avenue and Front Street. And starting on Jan. 19, the bus will also drop and pick up commuters at the Toronto Carpet Factory, on Mowat Avenue.
The bus will run every weekday morning, starting at 7:15 a.m. The last bus returning from Union Station to Liberty Village leaves at 6:55 p.m.
A one-way trip will cost $4.50, or $4.25 with the purchase of a monthly pass. Fellow LineSix co-founder Brett Chang says although tickets will be a "bit more expensive than the TTC," commuters will be able to reserve a seat on the bus.
"It will be a lot more comfortable than the TTC – I promise you that," he said Tuesday.
Last September, LineSix launched a crowdfunding campaign to launch the trial service. According the group, they raised more than $2,700, with 64 investors backing the project.