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September Board Meeting

Yesterday (September 24), we held our September Board Meeting. It was a full agenda as we presented the TTC’s ongoing plan for recovery. There is a lot of information in the report on what the TTC has been doing to date and some of our plans moving forward in the coming months. Some key highlights from the meeting are:
> The TTC Board approved the September COVID-19: Restart and Recovery Update report, endorsing the expenditure of $39.1 million for COVID-19-related activities forecasted to December 31, 2020.
> Board members awarded a contract to TELUS Communications Inc. for Wheel-Trans Reservations Contact Centre overflow calls. Changes include reducing the maximum call wait time to two minutes.
> The TTC Board approved the PRESTO Annual Update report supporting an agreement in principle between the TTC and Metrolinx, signalling a new spirit of collaboration between the two.
> Board members affirmed the TTC’s current direction to increase service in line with the demand response service plan on high-ridership routes.

It’s a big week with all orders of government making announcements about what the coming months will look like. Earlier this week, Mayor Tory announced that the City would extend its cancellation of many of its outdoor major events, including its annual New Year celebration at Nathan Phillips Square.

Premier Ford presented the provincial plan to deal with COVID-19 called: Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19. Among other measures, the Government of Ontario is investing heavily in a flu vaccination campaign. We know the flu could hit especially hard in the coming months and getting vaccinated against the flu is just one more way we can all try to get a handle on the pandemic.

We also heard from the Federal Government in the Throne Speech as it laid out its priorities and plans to help support Canadians. The Canadian Government has made commitments to increase testing capacity for COVID-19, obtain faster tests, acquire more PPE and ultimately secure a vaccine for us. It is clear that COVID-19 has deeply impacted our country and every aspect of our lives.

I know many of you continue to have questions around what is next. We have all seen the uptick in COVID-19 cases in the city and around the province. I know a lot of us are worried. We have been talking about the potential for a second wave for months. Your safety, the safety of your families and the safety of our customers is what has always guided our decision making at the TTC.

I want to remind you to please follow all the safety protocols and policies that we have put in place. The COVID-19 case numbers are a reminder that we still have a long way to go. Please remember to physically distance, wear a mask or face covering and if you aren’t feeling well – stay home.

I have said it before and I will say it again – we are all in this together. Stay safe and stay well.

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
September 25, 2020

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