TTC recalls the 179 other workers on leave

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The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is now recalling its 179 other employees on leave in the first week of November.In April, 450 workers were laid off due to reduced ridership due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In August, 150 TTC employees returned to work and 132 others were recalled in September.

Previously, the TTC had said the remaining workers would be called back when ridership on all modes of transportation reached 50 percent of pre-pandemic levels.

The TTC says the move is now necessary to meet the demand for services and because a new set of high school students will be returning to class in November, plus a major capital project is underway.

This last group of workers on leave includes 97 bus drivers.

Bus ridership has grown faster than other modes of public transportation as more schools and businesses have reopened in the past two months and daily bus ridership hit 50% of levels before the pandemic.

The TTC recently reiterated that social distancing is not always possible on public transport as more people return to work and around eight percent of the city’s bus routes experience overcrowding issues.

The agency says it plans to “maintain service flexibility and implement demand-responsive bus service to complement regular service,” as ridership continues to increase.

In addition to the increase in bus ridership, the TTC hopes to implement a major asbestos removal program for a whole year. The project requires the closure of Line 1 between Finch and Sheppard stations for 10 days in December, which in turn will require shuttles between stations.

The transport agency will seek approval from its board of directors to move the project forward on Friday.

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