Message from the Executives

Office of the Chief Executive

Today (September 30) is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The TTC began the day with a Sunrise Ceremony at Hillcrest Complex. I encourage everyone to take some time to reflect and learn about Truth and Reconciliation, as well as the history of Indigenous Peoples and residential schools. We have resources below so you can learn more.

ATC complete on Line 1
This week (September 29), I was proud to participate in an announcement that Automatic Train Control (ATC) signalling is now fully activated and operational on the entirety of Line 1 Yonge-University. I’m grateful to staff and crews in Infrastructure and Engineering, along with our ATC Project teams, for completing this major assignment.

This is an enormous accomplishment for the TTC. Throughout many weekend subway closures over the last number of years, crews installed more than 250 signals, 2,000 beacons and other trackside equipment; performed special track work in the tunnels; and laid down more than one million feet of cabling.

The modernization of our signalling system is one more way the TTC is working to provide a better experience for our customers as we continue to welcome them back.

Rewards and Recognition
On Wednesday (September 28), we held a virtual Rewards and Recognition ceremony. Employees who have done amazing work in the areas of Customer Service, Diversity, Innovation and Creativity, Leadership, Safety and Teamwork were celebrated. All recipients were nominated by a colleague who noticed their above-and-beyond contributions.

It was encouraging to see people from all over the organization recognized. We had representation from Operations, Stations, Revenue Protection, Research and Analytics, IT Services, Bus Maintenance and Shops, Signals/Electrical/Communications and many other departments.

It takes an incredible level of excellence and endurance to do what we do every day and night, 24/7, 365 days a year, to keep our city moving forward. Congratulations to all the award recipients for your efforts in making the TTC a world-class transit system.

2022 Roadeo Challenge
This week, the TTC 2022 Roadeo Challenge got underway. Bus Operators and Maintenance employees competed in the divisional run-offs at Arrow Road Division and Malvern Division. I’m looking forward to seeing the finalists compete in the Grand Championship at Arrow Road Division this Sunday (October 2). The competition begins at 9 a.m. and the awards ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m.

Have a good weekend and stay safe.

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
September 30, 2022

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation reminds us of the devastating history and ongoing effects of residential schools on the Indigenous community. The TTC encourages all employees to take time to learn about and recognize Indigenous histories. Here are some resources to learn more:

• National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
• UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
• Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
• Indigenous Service Canada
• Eco-Canada: Indigenous Cultural Self-Reflection Training
• Government of Canada - Indigenous Learning Series
• United Nations Briefing Notes: Gender and Indigenous Women

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