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Torontonians could be in for a much smoother commute this month, thanks to a new TTC initiative that aims to double-up on service and improve security.

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."

    Patrick John Gilson
    Toronto Staff Writer
    Patrick John Gilson is a Staff Writer for Narcity Canada’s Ontario Desk focused on Ontario gas prices and is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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