As Torontonians enter into yet another week of lockdown, crowded subway stations are starting to feel like distant memories. When life picks back up again, though, taking the subway could be a totally different experience. Mayor John Tory outlined new ideas for TTC safety rules on Tuesday.
Tory told CP24 on Tuesday morning that TTC operations have been one of the city's toughest problems to solve when discussing recovery and reopening.
The mayor stated during the interview that city officials are still trying to work out how to get people to take transit while avoiding crowds.
At the moment, specifics on the plan remain pretty sparse, but Tory did float the idea that the TTC could implement rules that masks and PPE equipment should be worn during the commute.
"This is part of the complexity of all of this, and our job is to make the TTC as safe as possible from the standpoint of the virus, which may include, for example, some considerations of masks and PPE for people to be wearing," Tory stated to CP24.
Narcity reached out to the TTC for further details on this plan, who confirmed that a report would be released on May 13.
Tory also hinted that the crowds that were once on the subways, may no longer be allowed as the city starts to return back to normal.
"Let's just be candid about this now. It is not going to be possible to maintain the same level of occupancy of those transit vehicles," he added.
However, the mayor stated that whatever the final plan may be, it's "never going to be perfect.”
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the TTC has taken several measures to protect its employees and customers.
Some seats have been blocked off, and back-door boarding have become the new normal for the city's public transit as residents continue to practice social distancing.
Buses skipping stops if they are too full and discontinuing the use of fare boxes are also measures that have been put in place throughout the few months.
Spokesperson Stuart Green told Narcity last week that the TTC's measures, such as blocking off seats, could continue beyond the pandemic.