April 22, 2016
At its March 23 meeting, the TTC Board approved a staff recommendation to introduce random testing for any TTC staff subject to our Fitness for Duty policy.
This policy covers any TTC employee that performs safety-sensitive work, such as operators and maintenance staff, as well as people in a position to make safety-critical decisions, such as me and my Executive team.
Since 2010, the TTC has tested for alcohol and drugs post-incident, for reasonable cause, post-treatment and pre-employment to ensure that no one in a safety-sensitive role is impaired in the course of their duties.
As a former safety director, I passionately believe that the TTC must take every possible step to ensure the safety of customers, pedestrians, other road users and, of course, our own employees – a sentiment that I know is shared by every member of TTC staff.
Recent incidents and test results show an increase in instances where impairment was a factor – and we cannot ignore that fact. Random testing is normal practice in many jurisdictions around the world and I myself, have been randomly tested in every other transit system that I have worked. It is also common practice in the aviation industry.
I know that some may not agree with our decision to proceed with what may be seen as an infringement of individual rights, though we test only for impairment at the time of the test. But my firm view is that the safety of TTC users takes precedence and I am confident that our employees understand and support this position as we move you around this great city, day in and day out
Here are some highlights of the work TTC crews completed during last weekend’s service suspensions:Line 1 (Yonge-University) closure - St George to Lawrence West
Automatic Train Control
- Laid 42,000 ft. of cable
- Installed 84 targeted beacons
- Replaced 400 ft. of rail
Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) late opening - St George to Pape
- Replaced beam on Prince Edward Viaduct Bridge
- Lifted restricted speed zone between Castle Frank and Broadview Stations
Line 2 Closure
This weekend, there will be no service on Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) between Victoria Park and Kennedy Stations as crews conduct rail replacement and other essential maintenance work. Shuttle buses will be run frequently, stopping only at subway stations along the route.
Regular service resumes Monday morning at 6 a.m.
Road closure – Yonge St. at Eglinton Ave E.
A number of bus routes running out of Eglinton Station will divert this weekend because of a road clo-sure at Yonge St. at Eglinton Ave. E. The following routes will divert from today at 8:30 p.m. until Monday morning at 5:30 a.m.:
- 34 Eglinton East
- 51 Leslie
- 54 Lawrence East
- 56A Leaside
- 100C Flemingdon Park
- 103 Mt. Pleasant North
- 334 Eglinton East
- 354 Lawrence East
For more information on upcoming subway closures and bus/streetcar diversions our Service Advisories Page
Name: Al Lees
Position: Route Supervisor - Shuttle Buses
Years of experience: 29
My favourite part of this job is being challenged. My main goal when there’s a major subway delay is to get the shuttle buses up and running as soon as possible and as safely as possible so we can get customers moving. Delays cause a great deal of discomfort and inconvenience to customers trying to get where they need to go, so we want to get them onto a bus and on their way as quickly as we can. The dynamics of the TTC, a place where we can go from 0 to 60 in no time at all, is what makes it special to me. I like the people I work with and the teamwork and co-ordination that goes into our daily work.
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