TTC CEO Rick Leary said in a statement that the service plan is designed to ensure that scheduled services on the city’s busiest routes are secured and maintained. November 20 is the last day for staff to receive information on vaccinations. Despite the staff crisis, we will be able to provide services as planned in November and December. It is our priority to provide those who need it most and the service that customers expect from us.
More than 2,000 workers have not yet released their vaccine information. TTC is facing a staff crisis as the deadline for disclosing information has passed. As a result of the labor crisis, plans were initially announced on Wednesday to reduce the scope of services. Although the number of passengers is still half of the normal time.
The schedule for staff, released Wednesday, focuses on keeping services running on the city’s busiest surface routes, such as Wilson, Jane, Eglinton and Finch. Leary said similar changes in service will occur on a temporary basis for other routes that are seasonally changed in summer and December. The scheduled waiting time changes will usually be very limited and all changes will be based on TTC’s service standards based on the number of passengers.
Other steps that are being taken include hiring new operators, canceling weekly and nightly shutdowns and continuing efforts to get retirees back to work. TTC workers who do not complete the vaccine dose by November 20 or refuse to provide vaccination information to supervisors will be sent on unpaid leave. And workers who refuse to provide vaccination information within this year will be fired.