TTC Stakeholder Update, November 2022

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TTC Hits Major Milestone With 33 Billion Rides

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The TTC has reached 33 billion rides on the system since beginning operations in 1921. Recently, the TTC also completed the installation of its Automatic Train Control (ATC) signalling system on Line 1, meaning more frequent and reliable service for customers, and fewer signal-related delays.  

The TTC surpassed 32 billion riders on May 12, 2019. As ridership continues to recover, the TTC is putting a number of measures in place to support the increased demand for service. Please view our website to learn more.

Getting Around on the TTC

TTC Busy Weekend Service

Since 1905, the Santa Claus Parade has kicked off the Christmas season. It will be returning on Sunday, November 20th at 12:30pm. There will be floats, bands, marchers, the Celebrity Clowns and of course, Mrs. Claus and Santa! Please visit the website for further details.

Plan your next trip with the TTC Trip Planner.

Career Opportunities

TTC Career Information Sessions

TTC and partner agencies are hosting career information sessions into 2023. By visiting the website, you can learn when these sessions are being held, the types of careers they will be highlighting and the partner agency that will be supporting these sessions. The next sessions are taking place on November 24th. Please view the outreach calendar for more information.

TTC Connects: Women as Transit Operators

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We’re hiring!

If you missed the “Women as Transit Operators” virtual information session on October 19, 2022, you can view the event at TTC Connects: Women As Transit Operators Event.

This special program to hire women as Transit Operators supports the TTC’s goal to continue building a workforce that reflects the great diversity of its customers. Since 50% of the GTA’s population is female, the TTC is reaching out to women to promote employment opportunities and diversify our staff. Ongoing work continues to make sure that we have a safe, supporting and welcoming workplace.  

If you know someone who wants a rewarding career as a TTC Operator they can apply here.

Service Improvements & Upgrades

New PRESTO Readers Being Installed on TTC Buses and Streetcars

PRESTO is in the process of installing new readers on TTC buses and streetcars. It will take until the end of January 2023 to complete the installations.

The new readers are an important step in the TTC’s ongoing modernization efforts and will be future-ready for new customer-friendly services like open payment (credit/debit card and mobile device taps) when PRESTO makes that available on the TTC in 2023.

They are the same readers currently used by other transit agencies across the Greater Toronto Area, including GO Transit buses.

The readers have been replaced on Wheel-Trans vehicles and will be replaced on the fare gates in early 2023. For further information, please visit our website.

Revised Service on a portion of 506/306 Carlton Route

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Streetcar track replacement and other infrastructure improvements have been completed at the intersection of Carlton and Church streets.

On November 2, new changes were made to the 506/306 Carlton routing. TTC will continue to suspend service on the 506/306 Carlton route between Ossington Avenue and Bay Street. This suspension provides more reliable and effective replacement service for customers travelling to and from destinations near College Street in a more structured way during several construction projects in this area.

These projects include: streetcar track replacement, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure upgrades, transit stop improvements, hydro utility repairs and streetscape improvements. This will continue until late 2022. Please visit our website for further details on the diversions.

TTC Subway Closures to Improve Infrastructure

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While the TTC does most subway maintenance at the conclusion of service each night, it continues to require weekend and early weeknight closures to complete critical infrastructure and state-of-good-repair work as well as ATC signal upgrades.

Upcoming subway closures:

Ridership this Week

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As of November 16, 2022:

  • Bus ridership is at 76% of pre-COVID-19 levels.
  • System-wide revenue ridership is at 66.3% of pre-COVID levels.

A More Beautiful Journey Audio Installation Available on Select Routes

In honour of the City of Toronto’s Year of Public Art and the TTC’s 100th  anniversary, the TTC has partnered with Intersection Festival for the launch of their A More Beautiful Journey (AMBJ) XR (extended reality) audio installation.

The purpose of this installation is to provide TTC customers with unique site-specific soundtracks they can listen to during their commute along a number of our streetcar and bus routes. This is free until December 31st. For more information on routes, please visit our website.