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The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) yesterday announcedit will layoff 1,200 transit operators and other employees next month to reduce expenses as the agency copes with mounting revenue losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The layoffs of 1,000 train and bus operators is subject to negotiations with Amalgamated Transit Union 113, TTC officials said in a press release.
TTC has recorded an 85 percent decrease in ridership and a loss of $90 million in monthly revenue during the pandemic, agency officials said.
In order to maintain service, TTC also will delay nonessential capital projects, forgo all seasonal hiring and pause salary increases for nonunion employees.
The measures are expected to save up to CA$25 million each month.
Meanwhile, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Mateo county officials in California have ordered transit riders to wear face coverings while inside stations and on trains. The orders include the Bay Area Rapid Transit and Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit.
Also in California, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) today closed some entrances at seven stations on the B Line to help reduce areas touched by the public.