Cuts expected in TTC service when vaccine mandate kicks in: agency

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Toronto's transit agency says it's temporarily reducing service on some routes as it deals with an anticipated staff shortage due to its mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy.

The Toronto Transit Commission has said employees who are unvaccinated or haven't declared their vaccination status by Nov. 20 will be placed on unpaid leave.

The agency says it's focusing on maintaining scheduled service on its busiest routes and says some other routes will see "varying levels" of temporary service changes.

The agency says its plans are taking into account employees who will be ineligible to work because they are unvaccinated or haven't disclosed their vaccination status.

TTC CEO Rick Leary says the agency is moving quickly to hire operators and backfill job openings, and will begin returning service to regular levels as soon as possible.

The transit agency says it can work to increase service faster if additional employees come forward and report their vaccination status in the coming days and weeks.

To date, 88 per cent of the agency's 15,090 active employees have shared their COVID-19 vaccination status.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 27, 2021.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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