The TTC’s 2021 Annual Service Plan’s calls for reduced service of more than 300,000 hours is public transit moving in the wrong direction.
ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos told the Toronto Star that “Every hour of service cut results in longer wait times and more overcrowding, which is a public health issue during a pandemic. It will be impossible for Toronto’s economy to recover from the coronavirus pandemic and for us to meet our long-term climate change goals unless we increase the use of public transit. The TTC cannot increase ridership with more crowded vehicles or longer wait times.”
The provincial and federal governments must provide stable transit funding to ensure TTC service is increased, rather than decreased, in 2021.