Normally December brings thoughts of celebration both for Christmas and New Year’s Day, but as with so many other things, 2020 will be very different. The TTC’s plans for the holiday period reflect these times.
Two notable changes:
- There is no provision for extra shopping service or an early pre-Christmas rush hour beyond what might be added through run-as-directed (RAD) vehicles.
- There will be no special late night service on December 31. Some RAD crews will be rescheduled into the evening in case extra service is needed in selected areas.
As usual, all school trips will be removed effective Monday, December 21. They will return on Monday, January 4, 2021.
The extra bus crews for subway shuttle service will be removed from Sunday, December 20 to Saturday, January 2 as there are no planned shutdowns for major construction or repairs. The regular RAD buses and streetcars supplementing day-to-day operations will continue.
The schedules to be operated through the period are:
- Weekend of December 19-20: Regular Saturday and Sunday service.
- Monday to Thursday December 21-24: Regular weekday service.
- Friday December 25: Regular Sunday service. Subway opens at 8:00 am.
- Saturday December 26: Regular Holiday service similar to Thanksgiving Day. Subway opens at 6:00 am.
- Sunday December 27: Regular Sunday service.
- Monday to Wednesday December 28-30: Regular weekday service.
- Thursday December 31: Regular weekday service with no late-night extensions. Some 900-series express buses may be changed to operate as locals depending on demand.
- Friday January 1: Regular Sunday service. Subway opens at 8:00 am.
- Weekend of January 2-3: Regular Saturday and Sunday service.
- Monday January 4: Regular weekday service including school trips restored.
Service changes for January 2021 have not yet been announced.
The TTC operators and supporting staff (mechanics, electricians, etc.) should be among the first to get a COVID-19 vaccines… if they want to.
Walter Lis: The TTC operators and supporting staff (mechanics, electricians, etc.) should be among the first to get a COVID-19 vaccines… if they want to.
I don’t think so. The first people should be those 70 years of age or older and since TTC drivers are all below the age of 65 years, they should NOT be amongst the first ones to get these vaccines. Another priority group is healthcare workers and those who work in seniors’ homes. I don’t know what you are drinking or smoking to decree that TTC drivers should be allowed to jump to the front of the line but if you are going arbitrarily allow TTC drivers to jump to the front of the line, then so should Uber drivers and taxi drivers be allowed to jump to the front of the line.
Steve: Not to mention grocery store workers and a whole list of other occupations that are regularly required to be in contact with the public who are not always well-behaved about masking.
Grocery store workers are private sector employees and often without union membership and as such, they are easily fired. That is why, I have not seen even a single grocery store employee without a mask. Contrast this with public sector unionised TTC drivers who are nearly impossible to fire which is why there is very poor compliance amongst TTC drivers about the mandatory mask rule or even for traffic rules for that matter. When I see a TTC driver without a mask which is very often, then I feel like taking my own mask off in protest but I do NOT actually remove my mask because I want to be not so selfish like those TTC drivers and I want to do my part to protect vulnerable people. Some TTC drivers wear a mask on their chin only with their mouths and noses BOTH COMPLETELY EXPOSED which is as good as not wearing a mask at all and things like this are virtually unheard of amongst grocery store employees who have very good compliance unlike TTC drivers.
Steve: Two points here. First not all TTC drivers are maskless and you cannot condemn the group because some don’t set a good example. A lot of them are very worried about their daily exposure to the public. Second, whatever they may do does NOT excuse scofflaw action by you. This is not a case of “protest” but of public safety. If you can’t understand the difference, you are endangering others to feed your own ego.
You misread. I stated that I do NOT remove my mask because I want to do my part to protect vulnerable people during the pandemic. It is the maskless TTC drivers who are endangering the public. Just last Wednesday afternoon, a masked elderly woman who had paid her fare and complained about a male TTC bus driver for not wearing a mask, she was thrown out of the TTC bus by the male TTC bus driver. The poor elderly woman had paid her fare, she had her mask on, and she had done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING wrong. TTC drivers like that should be fired but nothing happens as all complaints fall on deaf ears.
Sorry: I misread your comment. There have been other similar comments here (some of which I have not published because of their inflammatory nature) where the writer advocated taking his mask off as a protest.