On Sunday, February 15, new schedules will be implemented on many routes. Across the system, many of the peak period improvements from last November are rolled back to reduce the demand for buses and operators.
The bus shortage is easy to understand thanks to the battery problems with the hybrid fleet, but the shortage of operators is more troubling. Does this represent a problem with recruiting, a higher turnover of staff, a jump in retirements, or some combination of these? The TTC owes us an explanation if only to temper expectations of service improvements that are practical later in 2009 and beyond.
The cuts will be in place from February through, probably, June 2009 when we would normally see summer service reductions. The real challenge will come in September when “full” service should return to the system.