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TTC chief wants to try a car-free King St. during rush hour

The head of the TTC wants to try pulling cars off King Street during the increasingly clogged morning rush hour, the Toronto Star reports.

CEO Andy Byford told the paper using a transit-only corridor in the morning could help lessen the bunching and service gaps on King, the busiest surface route in the city.

The 504 King carried 56,700 riders a day on average last year.

At the TTC board meeting on Monday, chair Karen Stintz will put forward a motion to study the feasibility of testing out a streetcar lane on King when Toronto hosts the 2015 Pan Am Games.

It would happen as the TTC rolls out its new low-floor streetcar on other routes in the city. King won’t get the new cars until 2016 or 2017 at the earliest.

Byford said he would consider a corridor on Queen Street as well.

In 2007, Coun. Adam Vaughan blocked a similar idea proposed by then-TTC chair Adam Giambrone.