RICK LEARY WARNS LINE 2 SUBWAY CARS COME TO END OF LIFE IN 2026, MUST BE REPLACED

Jun 21, 2024

By Jane Brown

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Outgoing TTC CEO Rick Leary is issuing a warning about the aging subway cars on Line 2 Bloor-Danforth.

On the same day he announced he plans to leave the TTC at the end of August, Leary cautioned on Thursday that these cars will be at the end of their design life in 2026 and the Toronto Transit Commission is still short hundreds of millions of dollars needed to cover the cost of replacement vehicles.

Both the TTC and the Ford PCs at Queen’s Park have already committed to paying $1.5-billion of the cost to replacement the cars but the Trudeau Liberals in Ottawa still have not indicated whether they will cover the remaining $758-million that’s needed.

As for Leary’s decision to resign from the TTC, “This year I turn 61 years old. I believe there are some new opportunities in challenges awaiting me. I am not going to fully retire. And that’s why I’m here today, looking for the next chapter of my career.”

Leary said he wanted to see the contract with ATU Local 113 resolved before resigning.

TTC Chair Jamal Myers was asked about an internal investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct against Leary.

Myers said he was unable to comment on board-initiated investigations, instead saying they were there “to celebrate Rick and he’s leaving on a good note.”

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