The union which represents TTC workers says a recent Mainstreet Research poll discovered that 67% of riders are not in favour of subway trains running with just one operator.
Toronto Transit Workers’ Local 113 President Bob Kinnear says the TTC should have done some sort of consultation with riders to address the move to eliminate Subway Guards.
On Tuesday, the Toronto Transit Commission announced it would switch to single operators on Line 4: Sheppard, in October. TTC CEO Andy Byford said staffing two on each train would simply be unnecessary, and other similar services across the world currently use a single worker to operate trains.
The union commissioned a study earlier this year amid talk of moving to single operator trains. About only 9% of respondents were in favour, while the balance were undecided.
It’s still unclear what methodology Mainstreet used to come to their conclusions. The union did conduct focus groups with another research outlet, Corbett Communications, this past year.
The poll claims the large disapproval number is due to perceived safety concerns by riders, especially when an emergency arises like medical situations, power outages, or a breakdown.
TTC CEO Andy Byford said staffing just one operator on each train would save the TTC about $18 million per year. However, union president Kinnear suggests that if finance is an issue, there should have been a study or public meetings to determine if everyday riders would be okay with an increase in fare to keep an extra operator on the train.
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