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TTC committed to safe service, workplace for all

3/3/17 6:00 AM

With an annual ridership of around 540 million, the TTC has always kept safety at the forefront of every aspect of its operation.

As a former Safety Director, I understand and embrace the concept of due diligence, in other words the need to constantly review our arrangements for safety, to ensure that we are taking every possible measure to keep employees, customers and other road users safe.

While the TTC has a very good safety record, there can never be room for complacency so we constantly look for ways to minimize risk. This is why, earlier this week, the TTC went to court to present evidence in our plan to introduce random drug and alcohol testing for safety-sensitive and designated Executive positions – including my own.

This week also marked the fifth anniversary of the attempted robbery at Dupont Station that resulted in the shooting of one of our Collectors. With due diligence again to the fore, we took immediate steps to better protect our frontline employees and we offered a $25,000 reward – still on offer – for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the assailant.

Riders can do their bit to help the TTC stay safe. Unauthorized access to the track causes delay and puts perpetrators at huge risk, and we will continue to treat such reckless behaviour with the gravity that it deserves.

By working together and drawing on the professionalism of our employees, we can keep the TTC at the forefront of safe transit operators.

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