Mayor and TTC chair demand extended transit

Send letter to board seeking one hour earlier service on Sundays

Mayor John Tory and TTC chair Josh Colle, who is also Ward 15 councillor, teamed up today to demand the TTC extend its hours of service on Sunday.

Colle and Tory sent a letter to the TTC board today, requesting  the TTC to open at 8 a.m. every Sunday.

The TTC currently begins service at 9 a.m. on Sundays, and 6 a.m. during the rest of the week.

“We are not the only global centre that is adapting to the evolving realities of peoples’ lives,” the letter states. “Other municipal transit systems have stretched their hours and changed their thinking to provide modern service to modern cities.

“It is important to both of us that Toronto continues to work toward these standards, and provide the comprehensive service our riders deserve.”

This letter follows up on a change in mindset on the TTC’s part.

Head of communications for the TTC Brad Ross told the Globe and Mail in June that it wasn’t likely that the TTC would be able to extend to a 6 a.m. start on Sundays until 2020. This is because the TTC conducts most of its necessary track maintenance during the early morning hours on Sundays.

However, upon further study, the TTC has determined it can accommodate one additional hour of service on Sunday mornings while doing ongoing track work.