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Mayor Tory to ride TTC with no air conditioning

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Sep 7th, 2016

Mayor John Tory has accepted a challenge from TTC rider Bianca Spence and will be riding on a hot subway car on Wednesday morning.

He will travel from Kennedy to Kipling on a car without air conditioning, a climate familiar to many (if not most) passengers.

Spence first issued the challenge on Twitter in July.

Earlier this year, TTC spokesman Brad Ross admitted that 20 to 25 per cent of the subway cars on Line 2 are having A/C issues. Air conditioning is failing in the extreme heat because of overworking, and it’s due to the age of the trains, Ross said.

He added that the cars couldn’t be fixed until the fall, because trains are in pairs, so fixing one car takes two out of service.

Tory is expected to hold a news conference after Wednesday’s subway ride.


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