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TTC modernization on a steady course

11/11/16 6:00 AM

On a recent trip to Scandinavia, I saw brilliant examples of what the TTC will look like as we head into the last year of our plan to modernize the TTC.

In both Copenhagen and Stockholm, modern rail and surface vehicles moved riders around in clean, pleasant surroundings and with smartly dressed, friendly staff on hand to provide assistance.

Customers paid their fares using a smart card or their cell phone, making access to the system easy and effortless. Stations featured Wi-Fi, modern information systems and full accessibility.

The good news is that Toronto will soon be on par with these world-leading systems. Rollout of our PRESTO smart card remains on track to have at least one entrance at all stations and all vehicles equipped by the end of this year. As well, new buses and streetcars continue to arrive and we are making good progress towards making the TTC fully accessible.

Wi-Fi installation at stations will be complete by the spring of next year, new signalling begins to come into operation next fall, and the spectacular new Spadina subway extension will open by December 2017, neatly book-ending an incredibly busy five-year upgrade of the TTC.

Transforming the infrastructure, processes and culture of a traditional system while transporting 1.8 million customers a day is not an easy task. But in just 400 days, the TTC will look and feel very different as the mega projects designed to transform your TTC become a reality.

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Today, Remembrance Day, the TTC joins with the rest of the nation in honouring the memory the brave Canadians that served, and made the ultimate sacrifice, for their country. Included with those are hundreds of TTC employees who enlisted for active service throughout our rich history in Toronto. Lest we forget.

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