Liberty Village shuttle bus axed

Organizers have backed away from plans to run a commuter bus service between Liberty Village and downtown Toronto.

Crowdfunding commuter bus might have violated city transit rules

Residents of Liberty Village have long complained that the crowded 504 King streetcar makes getting to and from downtown very difficult. (J.P. Moczulski/Canadian Press)

Organizers have backed away from plans to run a commuter bus service between Liberty Village and downtown Toronto.

The Line Six shuttle bus was supposed to start Monday and offer a crowdfunded alternative to the TTC's jam-packed 504 King streetcar. 

But the project has stalled, says co-founder Taylor Scollon

"After consulting with legal counsel we decided to suspend the Liberty Village service," Scollon said. 

The bus had a trial run last fall but organizers say a permanent service might violate city transit rules. They say investors will have their money refunded.

"It was definitely a difficult decision for us. I'm disappointed but I think it would be irresponsible to move ahead," Scollon said. 

The TTC admits more service is needed. Bigger and more modern streetcars are planned to arrive on King Street in 2016.

From a report by Neil Herland

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