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August 22, 2008
Media Advisory - TTC and EMS team up for subway paramedic pilot project

The Toronto Transit Commission and Toronto Emergency Medical Services are teaming up to provide an EMS paramedic in the subway system during the busy morning and afternoon rush hour periods. The paramedic will be accompanied at all times by a TTC supervisor.

The 19-week pilot project will result in fewer subway delays and reduced response times for medical emergencies on board trains or in subway stations. In 2007, the TTC had 1,241 incidents of customer illness or injury, resulting in an average subway delay of just over two minutes. TTC Chair Adam Giambrone and Toronto EMS Deputy Chief Mike Neill will announce the new pilot project.

Date: Tuesday, August 26
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Bloor Station (southbound side)

The Toronto Transit Commission moves 460 million people every year - about 1.5 million riders every weekday. The TTC is the third largest public transit system in North America servicing some
4.5 million people in the Greater Toronto Area, with a network of subways, streetcars, buses, and a specialized service, Wheel-Trans, for people who require accessible transportation. The TTC is committed to meeting the growing needs of the region with subway and light rail expansion, carrying an additional 175 million riders by 2021. For more information, visit

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Danny Nicholson, Corporate Communications Supervisor, 416-393-3741,
Lyla Miller, Toronto EMS Media Relations, 416-392-2255,



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