Message from the Executives

Office of the Chief Executive

For the past few weeks, I have been visiting frontline employees across the Commission to better understand the community safety issues. We all know the challenges are complex and it is important for me to understand what concerns you have.

I want to express my gratitude to everyone for the open and frank conversations. I know that dealing with the recent spate of incidents has been difficult, but we will get through this together. Please continue to reach out to your immediate Manager or Supervisor with anything further that we can be doing to support you.

New Chair, Vice-Chairs for ACAT
The Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) met for the first time led by its new Chair and Vice-Chairs. I want to take this opportunity to offer my congratulations and a TTC welcome to Chair Anita Dressler and her Vice-Chairs, Erica Tanny and Gwyneth Dalzell.

Ms. Dressler has been on numerous boards, tribunals, appeal panels and committees throughout her career, and most recently served as ACAT Vice-Chair. She is very passionate about her work and improving the lives of seniors and persons with disabilities.

ACAT has been a strong and guiding voice on issues of accessibility, eligibility and new technology for more than three decades. ACAT meets generally on the last Thursday of every month, and I am looking forward to working with the entire committee throughout the year.

University Subway turns 60 this month
Sixty years ago this month, the University Subway officially opened from Union to St George stations. The new line stretched 3.9 kilometres and included six stations: St Andrew, Osgoode, St Patrick, Queen’s Park, Museum and St George.

The new line was officially opened by Ontario Premier John P. Robarts and J. Keiller Mackay, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, on February 28, 1963. The University Subway was an extension of the Yonge line from its southerly terminus at Union Station. It winds westerly along Front Street to University Avenue and north to Bloor Street. It was built at a cost of $45 million.

Stay safe and keep watching out for each other.

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
February 10, 2023 

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