Editorial

Office of the Chief Executive

Commission seal 23 July, 2021

Beginning to welcome back more riders

If you’ve been following the news this past week, you’ll know that Toronto FC returned to BMO Field last Saturday and the Blue Jays have gotten the go ahead to play their first game at Rogers Centre on July 30.

These are important indicators that the city and province are in recovery mode, and with the reopening expanding even further, the TTC anticipates a continued uptick in customers. As Toronto continues to open up and we look ahead to the fall, we’re anticipating more customers will be using the TTC.

The TTC has provided safe and reliable transit to its customers throughout the GTA during the entire pandemic. While the province was under its most recent stay-at-home order in April and May, we continued to provide approximately 2.7 million to three million revenue rides per week. As the province entered Step One of its reopening plan, that number jumped to 3.2 million revenue rides per week, and reached 3.8 million per week (or 37 per cent of the pre-COVID experience) as the province entered Step Two of its reopening plan.

As noted in our Chief Safety Officer’s last COVID-19 bulletin, it’s important to remember that despite the province advancing to Step Three last Friday, the pandemic is not yet behind us yet. We all need to continue exercising public health protocols and following workplace safety policies, such as wearing face masks at all times on TTC property, and safety eyewear where distancing can’t be maintained, among others.

Vaccination clinics
Vaccination clinics continue around the TTC. Appointments are often not necessary and many have extended invitations to family members as well.

I’ve been inspired by the close collaboration staff have developed with hospitals, health providers and community partners. It has resulted in 16 clinics, which have helped drive up vaccination rates in our workforce. To date, just over 3,000 vaccine doses have been administered at these clinics to TTC workers, contractors and consultants.

On July 27, Humber River Hospital and the Church of Pentecost Canada invites TTC employees and their families to attend a pop-up clinic for first and second doses at 3 Arrow Rd., near our Arrow Road facility. Please visit the link below to book your appointment in advance. Details on future pop-up clinics will be shared as they become available.

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

COMTO backpack drive
And finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone about a terrific donation drive that is happening in the workplace.

Employees are supporting the COMTO Toronto and Region Chapter this summer with a backpack and school supplies drive. Last year, employees across the property donated over 850 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to support kids in the Jane/Emmett community.

More details will be available soon, but if you choose to make a monetary donation, please send e-transfers to ODave Griffiths, Business Process Lead in Accounts Payable, at ODave.Griffiths@ttc.ca.

Thanks for all your great work, and keep safe this summer.

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
July 23, 2021

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