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Apps & Games, News, Rocketman, transitcrowds.com, TTC

Rocketman’s web tool could help TTC riders avoid crowded buses

As the second wave of COVID-19 sweeps through Toronto, TTC passengers have complained on social media about the lack of social distancing in the transit organization's vehicles. Instead of working to fix the problem by increasing the number of vehicles to help disperse the crowds, the agency he simply tweeted that social distancing "was no longer possible." Understandably, the TTC's response drew considerable ire from passengers. Many TTC passengers find themselves choosing between risking their safety by getting into overcrowded vehicles or waiting for less crowded vehicles to arrive. It's not just the passengers, as TTC's workers union, ATU 113 Toronto, has asked the agency to limit the number of passengers on buses and bring ...
Coronavirus, COVID-19, funding, Local, Ontario, TTC

Toronto to receive $ 400 million in provincial funding for TTC – The Canadian News

The TTC is about to get a boost from the provincial government as funding begins to roll out for Ontario municipalities. Prime Minister Doug Ford announced up to $ 1.6 billion in funding on Wednesday, to help municipalities overcome the financial challenges of COVID-19. Toronto will receive $ 400 million in the first phase of funding for the TTC. "Across Ontario, transit systems face fewer riders and additional costs due to COVID-19," explained GTA Associate Minister of Transportation Kinga Surma. “This additional funding will keep municipal transportation systems running and help keep trains, buses and stations safe so that people can feel safe choosing public transportation when they return to work. The TTC is estimated to be $ 700 million short by the end of the year. More...
Crime, Hate Crimes, Local, toronto police service, TTC

Police investigate derogatory messages left at Finch West station – The Canadian News

Toronto police are investigating a hate-motivated mischief incident at Finch West subway station. The police say the incident happened on June 11 around 2:40 a.m., when officers were called to the station to take a look at pieces of cardboard a man had left there. Police say the cardboard pieces were scrawled with derogatory messages aimed at the Black community. Police are now looking for a suspect they describe as being between 28 and 35 years old, with a full beard, and long hair tied back. Security camera footage shows he was wearing a black hoodie with writing on the right sleeve, a black and red Deadpool baseball hat, long dark shorts, black boots, and black socks and was carrying an Avengers backpack and plastic bag. Police are urging anyone who recognizes the man to c...
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Local, over crowding, TTC

Transit riders urge TTC to address crowding issues – The Canadian News

The Toronto Transit Commission Board approved a plan on Tuesday to implement bus-only lanes on some of its busiest bus corridors across the city. Concerned transit riders spoke out during the online TTC meeting, urging leaders to move quicker on implementing the bus-only lanes, citing health safety concerns as the city grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. It was one of several topics that shed light on some of the difficulties passengers are already facing as ridership starts to increase. William Pham, a young transit rider who attended the meeting, said he finds it difficult to physically distance on his bus route which makes him worried about taking transit for not only himself, but also his family and neighbours. “It would be jam-packed, it’s like sardines,” he said. “Inst...
Apps & Games, Canada, News, Toronto, TTC, wi-fi

TTC looking into free Wi-Fi on streetcars and buses

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) will review a plan to roll out free Wi-Fi to streetcars and buses to Toronto’s 31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAS) and Higher Education Institutions in November. The motion was put forth by TTC board members Alan Heisey and Jennifer McKelvie, who say that 24 of Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas rely solely on buses and streetcars. Therefore, they do not have access to subway stops, which have had free Wi-Fi since 2018. Meanwhile, Wi-Fi is provided on surface public transit in Ottawa and Vancouver, as well as U.S. municipalities like San Francisco and New York, notes the motion. According to Heisey and McKelvie, the free Wi-Fi will help people in low-income Toronto neighbourhoods, e...
eglinton avenue, Local, priority bus lanes, toronto transit, TTC

City plans to speed up building priority bus lanes along Eglinton East – CityNews Toronto

Mayor John Tory announced Wednesday a proposed plan to speed up building priority bus lanes along Eglinton Avenue East. The 8.5-kilometre corridor runs along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue from Kennedy subway station to the University of Toronto campus in Scarborough. Tory was joined by TTC CEO Rick Leary, councillor and TTC commissioner Jennifer McKelvie, as well as councillors Paul Ainslie and Gary Crawford at the press conference. “Our plan is to get started right away on a design with a plan for the Eglinton East priority bus lanes to be in place by this fall,” Tory said. The plan will be represented at the TTC board meeting on July 14. City officials hope the bus-only lanes will make service on some of Toronto’s busiest bus routes faster and m...