What the TTC looks like during rush hour while Toronto is social distancing (PHOTOS)

Mar 16 2020, 7:31 am

Over the weekend, Metrolinx announced it would be reducing GO Transit and UP Express service amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The transit agency said that new changes will take place starting on March 18 “to align service with demand.”

Its announcement was made after the City of Toronto said it would be shutting down major services as a response to coronavirus, and to help reduce its spread in the city.

But, the TTC remains running as usual.

“We take the health and safety of our employees and customers very seriously. At this time, Toronto Public Health advises that riding public transit poses low risk for exposure to COVID-19 and no change in travel habits is recommended for healthy individuals,” reads a statement on the TTC’s website.

“While we are expecting reduced ridership given March Break and the two-week school shut down, this is a dynamic situation and we will continue to consult with public health officials and advise our customers of any new or changing advice for travel on the TTC.”

On Monday, TTC’s Stuart Green shared photos of CEO Rick Leary speaking to staff during rush hour.

“It was definitely quiet out there, but our staff are working hard to keep Toronto moving safely,” said Green.

And the TTC spokesperson wasn’t the only one who noticed the quietness on transit.

And it wasn’t just the TTC that was quiet, downtown streets were also experiencing much lower commuter volume.

Last week, the province announced all schools in Ontario would close for two weeks after the March Break and Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer’s recommended for “immediate suspension” of all large events and public gatherings of 250 people.