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In Remembrance of Russell Hill

Today (August 11), the TTC will lower our flags to half-staff in remembrance of the three people killed in the Russell Hill subway tragedy 25 years ago. I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy to the families of the three women who died in the accident. I know that memories of the accident remain fresh for many. The crash at Russell Hill remains a tragedy and our thoughts are with all those affected by the event.

As you know the safety of customers and Operators is paramount to all the TTC does. Actions taken by the TTC in the wake of the tragedy included new protocols and procedures for subway operations, the signalling system, track and vehicle maintenance, subway communications and employee training.

Since then, the TTC has made state of good repair a priority for capital investments, including an upgrade to the signals on Line 1 to an Automatic Train Control system. In 2019, the TTC produced a $33.5-billion Capital Investment Plan that identifies much-needed infrastructure upgrades and repairs. Earlier this year, the City of Toronto approved a new City Building Fund that will allocate billions of dollars to that work.

I am proud of the work we do here and will continue to advocate that safety remain our priority.

Stay safe.

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
August 11, 2020

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