Today, Sunday May 10, the TTC is issuing new schedules that formalize changes made in March to better match service with reduced demand.
TTC customers will not see any significant changes to the service that has been put out across the system over the past several weeks which is approximately 85 per cent of pre-pandemic levels.
As is already the case, service will be monitored and managed in real-time by the Transit Control Centre using customer and operator feedback, through automated passenger counters on buses and with the assistance of supervisors along the route to adjust service accordingly. In addition to scheduled service, approximately 150 buses will be available on weekdays for deployment to busier routes as needed. The 15-20 routes previously identified as being the busiest will continue to get extra attention.
There are no changes to the Blue Night Network or the 900 Airport and 927 Highway 27 Express bus services. All other express routes are suspended and seasonal service to Bluffer’s Park, Cherry Beach, The Toronto Zoo and Ontario Place has also been put on hold.
These service changes allow the TTC to safely continue to deliver important transit service to the hundreds of thousands of Torontonians who are still relying on the TTC daily to get to work, to appointments and for essential goods and services every day while allowing for physical distancing. The changes are temporary and designed to be scaled up as ridership increases.
To date, no staffing changes have been made. The TTC continues to monitor ridership closely and discussions continue between the TTC and ATU Local 113 around the TTC’s recent announcement to temporarily lay off 1,000 unionized and 200 non-unionized employees.
The TTC is also in the process of working on multiple scenarios for what service might look like as more businesses open up and people start to travel more widely across the city.