The move is launching in response to the agency's latest ridership models, predicting a 10% to 15% jump over the next few weeks.
"As students return to school and more people return to in-office work after Labour Day, we know our ridership will increase as it typically does in September," TTC CEO Rick Leary said in a statement.
The TTC ridership has reportedly floated around the 55% to 60% range all summer, a number that's been steadily rising in response to loosening COVID-19 restrictions.
"This year is different from past years for obvious reasons. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic it is especially important to me that TTC be fully prepared to welcome everyone back to a safe and clean system with service that meets the needs of our customers."
The TTC focused on four key areas in preparation for the spike in ridership:
- Increasing service across many routes to make sure service meets the demand of advertised schedules;
- A widespread hiring campaign that focuses on employing frontline workers;
- Enhancing sanitation efforts throughout the entire system and hiring 100 students to conduct a "cleaning blitz" over the summer;
- Increasing the number of Special Constables and working with the city's Streets to Home program to put resources where they are needed.
As a result, commuters should see the following benefits: three-minute service on Line 1 and 2, increased service on 29 bus routes and two streetcar routes, the restoration of seasonal post-secondary services across the network, and extra vehicles will be available "to help fill gaps that develop due to unplanned delays or disruptions."
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