The TTC is deploying over 100 additional buses in order to manage anticipated service demand this month as students head back to school and more people, back to work.
According to the transit commission, 110 special run buses will be sent out to manage anticipated high school student transit riders, communicating with school boards to find where the hot spots are located, student volumes, as well as start and end times.
“Since January, we have been making sure we are ready to manage any challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has presented to our customers and employees with additional cleaning and continuation of service where it is needed most,” said TTC CEO Rick Leary.
“With schools in Toronto re-opening over the next week, we are making sure we’ll be ready to meet an expected increase in ridership head on.”
Additional staff will also be located at stations with increased student use in order to monitor crowding and making sure everyone is safe.
Masks will continue to be distributed throughout the system to make sure everyone is wearing a mask while riding the TTC.
“Over the past few months, our city has been working to help the province and school boards prepare for back to school to help keep students safe,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory.
“We have worked to ensure the TTC continues to provide a safe and reliable ride to and from school. I continue to encourage residents to follow public health advice and wear a mask when using the TTC to help protect everyone.”
Enhanced cleaning and regular stock to hand sanitizer will continue as more people board the TTC.