TTC maintains focus on safety as schools return to in-person learning

TTC maintains focus on safety as schools return to in-person learning

With in-person classes set to resume on Jan. 17, students and their parents can count on the TTC for continued safety and reliable service.

"I want to thank the TTC for working to provide safe and reliable transit for students and education workers when in-class learning resumes next week and throughout the school year," said Mayor John Tory. "Throughout the pandemic, the TTC's frontline workers have ensured our transit system has continued to operate safely for everyone. We have worked to protect transit service and to keep fares frozen again this year so that our TTC is ready to support the return to school and, ultimately, the continued reopening of our economy."

“As students return to in-person learning, we are prepared to welcome them back safely to the TTC. I want to encourage all riders to continue to follow public health guidelines, and wear a mask when travelling on the TTC,” said TTC Chair Jaye Robinson.

“We continue to focus on providing a safe and reliable transit experience for everyone, including students who will be returning to school in-person next week,” said TTC CEO Rick Leary. “We will be continuing to communicate with school boards to determine hot spots and student volume, while monitoring service and adjusting it to meet demand.”

The TTC will also be maintaining service flexibility and continuing to operate demand-responsive bus service to supplement scheduled service where required.

In addition, the following COVID-related safety measures remain in place across the system:

• Face coverings remain mandatory when travelling on the TTC.

• The TTC is continuing enhanced cleaning and disinfection of all public places and vehicles with a focus on touch and grab points, such as buttons, railings, handles and straps. Hand sanitizer is also available at the main entrance of all subway stations.

• Customers can now access real-time bus occupancy levels and arrival times directly on when planning their trips. Riders can also continue to use the RocketMan or Transit apps to view bus occupancy levels in real-time.

• All TTC employees, contractors and students are required to be fully vaccinated.

The TTC would like to remind everyone about some important safety tips:

• Drivers: As the streets, sidewalks and crosswalks get busier for back-to-school, please be extra vigilant while commuting. Please yield the right-of-way to TTC vehicles and make sure to slow down to allow buses to re-enter traffic after servicing stops.

• Pedestrians: Please don't run alongside or in front of a bus or streetcar. It's always safer to wait for the next vehicle, which will be along soon.

• Cyclists: Sometimes streetcar tracks can be slippery. When cycling near streetcar rails, be aware of the track conditions and always cross streetcar tracks at an angle to avoid tires getting caught.

• Subway riders: Always stand behind the yellow line on the platform when waiting for a subway train. Never descend to track level for any reason. If you drop something, such as your cell phone, leave it and tell a TTC uniformed employee who will make arrangements to retrieve it.

• Streetcar riders: Be sure to check to make sure that traffic has stopped before exiting.

• Bus/streetcar riders: When on board, always be sure to stand behind the white line at the front of the vehicle and stand clear of the doors.

• Backpacks: Customers are asked to be mindful of those around them when wearing large backpacks, and to consider removing them when space is limited.

Customers looking for more information about the TTC's service or safety protocols are encouraged to visit Due to the potential for increased demand and service being redeployed in real-time, some routes or vehicles will not appear on schedules or on transit apps.
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