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Author says assaults on TTC drivers too commonplace

It’s an all too familiar scenario. The TTC bus she was driving a few years ago along Lawrence Avenue East had to weave through morning rush-hour traffic. Inevitably, she arrived at some of the commuter stops later than scheduled.

“I would have to be at a stop by 8:17, but get there for 8:20 and people wouldn’t be happy,” Shirley said. She has asked that her full name be withheld. “(The passengers) let you know that you were three minutes late. Those same people that you greet every morning … turn on you.”


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TTC discusses fare hike

The TTC Budget Committee discussed eight options for increasing fares during its monthly meeting on Tuesday afternoon.


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York West councillor claims Spadina subway extension far too late

The councilor for the region that will one day be served by the Spadina subway extension says the whole project is 20 years too late. On Friday, the Toronto Transit Commission confirmed that the six-stop construction of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) from Downsview Station to Vaughan is $150 million over budget and may not open until 2017. The project’s original budget was $2.5 billion and it was supposed to open in 2015. The cost overrun will be split between Toronto ($90 million) and York Region ($60 million). Coun. Anthony Perruzza represents York West (Ward 8) where the TYSSE is being built. “I would have very much liked it to have been open sooner,” Perruzza said.


One-person subway operation may jeopardize safety, critics say

By the end of 2016, new subway trains on the Sheppard Subway Line will have only one operator, but some critics question the safety of the system. The TTC board approved a pilot project that would have one TTC operator controlling both the doors and train movement, instead of two.