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Welcome message to APTA delegates

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Welcome to Toronto!

To all 2019 APTA International Rail Rodeo and Conference Competitors and Colleagues,

On behalf of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Executive Team and our entire workforce, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2019 APTA International Rail Rodeo and Conference in the great city of Toronto. We, at the TTC, are thrilled to be hosting this year’s Rodeo and Conference. We are looking forward to a fun and exciting event with our transit colleagues from across North America.

As the third largest public transit system on the continent, the TTC is continually renewing its commitment to customers and modernizing its infrastructure to deliver a public transit system Toronto is proud of.

We’ve achieved a great deal in the last several years. The transit investments supported by Toronto City Council, and led by our TTC Chair and Mayor, have been monumental:
> Historic levels of funding to reverse service cuts and increase service across our city;
> Significant improvements to that service in terms of big reductions in subway delay minutes, bigger reductions in short turns to our bus services and record high levels in customer satisfaction;
> Major strides in the system’s accessibility;
> And last, but not least, the opening of our first cross-boundary subway extension connecting riders north into the neighbouring municipality in 2017.

Our great and diverse city on the shore of Lake Ontario stretches 630 square kilometres and is the heart of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), an area with a total population of some 5.5 million people.

With a grid network of subways, streetcars, buses, and a specialized service, Wheel-Trans, for customers who require accessible transportation, the TTC provides transit service to 2.8 million people in Toronto and beyond; in fact, our ridership accounts for about 85 per cent of all local transit trips in the GTA. With about 1.7 million customer journeys on a typical weekday, the TTC has one of the highest per-capita ridership rates in North America.

In Toronto it takes 15,000 highly skilled and motivated women and men to deliver and maintain a safe, reliable and punctual service for more than 525 million customers a year – or one billion passengers every 22 months. In fact, 2019 is a significant year for the TTC as we welcomed our 32 billionth rider since our inception in 1921.

There will be an incredible amount of skill and know-how at the APTA Rail Rodeo and Conference, and it will be a tremendous privilege to see our industry’s best operations and maintenance people in our great city.

I hope you have a great time visiting Toronto and a great experience riding the TTC!

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
Toronto Transit Commission
June 2019

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