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Your safety at heart of TTC heightened security measures

10/24/14 6:00 AM

Recent tragic events in Ottawa and Montreal are stark reminders of what we, here at the TTC, must do to keep the system safe and secure. Our thoughts are with the victims’ families.

The TTC stepped up security two weeks ago following comments by terrorist groups with respect to Canada’s participation to combat terrorism overseas. Then, following the attack on Parliament Hill on Wednesday (Oct. 22), we implemented further measures across the entire transit system, including increased visibility of Transit Enforcement Officers and Toronto Police on subway trains, as well as in subway stations.

Our transit system is designed with your safety and security in mind. Subway and Scarborough RT cars are fitted with emergency alarms, and station platforms, buses, streetcars and the new Rocket subway trains feature onboard closed-circuit television cameras to keep you safe. Our Transit Control Centre is active 24/7 and can quickly summon emergency responders as required.

Our staff receive training in security procedures and we conduct regular exercises to test our preparedness for security incidents. The TTC also maintains close contact with Toronto Police and other agencies, and we are kept apprised of any further action that needs to be taken by us.

At this time, there is no credible or specific threat to public transit in Toronto. Nevertheless, all TTC personnel will remain vigilant to ensure the TTC is safe. 

You can play your part, too. Customers who see something are asked to tell a uniformed TTC employee or police. Rest assured, and with your help, we will continue to keep our customers and employees safe. That is our highest priority.

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