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Consultants target TTC services in cost-cutting review: report

Cancelling night buses, privatizing routes and contracting out cleaning and maintenance at the TTC are among the cost-cutting measures consultants presented to the city on Thursday.

The recommendations are part of a review of more than 150 municipal services by KPMG, the firm hired by the city to find ways to close an estimated $774-million budget shortfall next year.

In a number of reports since last week, KPMG has proposed selling seniors’ homes, cutting daycare spaces, leaving fluoride out of tap water and overhauling the 311 hotline service.

Thursday’s analysis will be the most contentious, however, as the firm looks at the city’s agencies, boards and commissions – including the TTC and police.

TTC chair Karen Stintz maintains the Blue Night routes, which run overnight when subway lines shut down, will continue.

“There might be some service re-allocations as the result of our work, but I’m committed to not having it be on the late-night service,” she said. “The late-night numbers are significant enough and the cost savings would not be enough to reduce that service for the people who rely on it the most.”

The mayor and his executive committee will consider the proposed cuts next week. The final decision will be made by the full city council at the end of September.

In January, the TTC announced service cuts on 48 evening and weekend routes but scaled them back after public outcry. The changes to 40 routes started in May.