TTC marks its first ever Lunar New Year celebration
This February, the TTC is proud to recognize Lunar New Year for the first time. To celebrate this year, the Year of the Tiger, the TTC has wrapped several vehicles that are running across the city. In December 2020, the TTC released its 10-Point Action Plan on Diversity and Inclusion. This Lunar New Year campaign represents one important way the TTC is demonstrating its ongoing commitment to creating a more inclusive transit system for all.
“Lunar New Year marks an important holiday for many residents in our city and communities across Toronto. This campaign from the TTC is a great way for the city to mark these celebrations with our residents and to help foster a welcoming and inclusive city,” said Mayor John Tory. “I want to wish all of our residents celebrating a Happy Lunar New Year and I encourage transit riders to enjoy the vehicle wraps as we celebrate the Year of the Tiger.”
"The TTC is proud to observe the Year of the Tiger with transit riders and our employees. This occasion invites us to recognize and celebrate the diversity of our city. The TTC remains committed to providing a transit system that is inclusive and welcoming for all of our customers. We wish everyone a joyful and prosperous Lunar New Year,” said TTC Chair Jaye Robinson.
“Diversity and inclusion are top priorities for the TTC, and we are proud to play a role in acknowledging and celebrating the many cultures that make up our city,” said TTC CEO Rick Leary. “We continue to work towards being a more inclusive employer, and ensuring we run a transit system where everyone feels welcome. Throughout the year, we will continue to recognize important cultural milestones, both internally and externally at the TTC.”
The TTC will be running a robust campaign internally to highlight Lunar New Year, with employees being encouraged to share how they are celebrating with their families and communities, and what Lunar New Year means to them.
Starting today, Fri., Jan. 28, and for the duration of Lunar New Year, four TTC buses and one streetcar will be decorated with a design celebrating the Year of the Tiger. The wrapped vehicles will share a message of good fortune for the year ahead translated in multiple languages, including: Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, Tibetan, Tagalog, Malay, Indonesian and Mongolian. The vehicles will operate along the following routes:
- 510 Spadina streetcar along Spadina Rd. through Downtown Chinatown
- 506 Carlton replacement buses along Gerrard St. through East Chinatown
- 25 Don Mills
- 39 Finch East
- 53 Steeles East
People are encouraged to take and share photos and videos of the vehicles on social media using #LNYxTTC. Customers can visit ttc.ca for more information about diversity and inclusion at the TTC.