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Is the TTC essential?

Mayor-elect Rob Ford has repeatedly said eliminating Toronto’s vehicle registration tax is his first priority.

Mayor-elect Rob Ford has repeatedly said eliminating Toronto’s vehicle registration tax is his first priority.

But another issue could present the first big test of his leadership: his pledge to make the TTC an essential service, to protect riders from the kind of mayhem that erupted when transit workers abruptly went on strike late one Friday in April 2008.

With negotiations set to begin in February between the TTC and the transit workers’ union, commuters could face a strike, in theory, as early as April 1.

 
 
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