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  1. simpleform

    TTC Application Process

    Count yourself lucky...seems like you're getting fast tracked.
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    TTC Application Process

    After talking to fellow new operators your training experience depends on the instructor. Some are great and some are...well, I'll leave it at that. But they all want you to do well, pass and ultimately become great operators. Focus and pay attention and do all the homework. 25 days is not a lot. They're stuffing 10lbs of shit into a 5lb bag. As others have said, if you have questions just ask. You'll never know if you don't. Comparing my experience, so far, with a friend at Malvern I would say Mt. Dennis is super friendly. I've approached operators with 29 years of experience to 1 month's experience and they're all willing to help and answer your questions. Routes are tough because of tight turns, downtown routes, lots of things you can hit your mirrors/bus on, etc. After driving most of them it's not as bad as they first seem. I can only imagine how easy it would be to drive routes in Scarborough. And like others have said, call CIS as soon as you know you've screwed up something. You make it 10000000x worse if you try to hide it or fix it yourself. I'm not joking when I say I messed up every new route I did the first 2 weeks. But I always stopped, secured the bus and contacted CIS. They expect it. Good luck and welcome to the team.
  3. simpleform

    TTC Application Process

    Like others have said, just listen to the instructors and put the time in. They practically spoon feed you and want you to pass. Those that fail choose to fail. Once they figure out it's not the job they thought it was or wasn't their cup of tea. This job is not for everyone.
  4. simpleform

    TTC Application Process

    Not sure about streetcar but for trains they will specify to show up with safety shoes. So if they didn't say anything then dress shoes or as they say black or brown polish-able shoes. Just look at what some drivers are wearing and go with that. But they said no runners.
  5. simpleform

    TTC Application Process

    Heard that all remaining people hired this year will be assigned west end divisions only. So all the east end people prepare yourselves. But things could change...who knows.
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    TTC Application Process

    For those training out of Mt. Dennis, just wanted to know if there's onsite parking? And if not, where would be the closest spot. EDIT: on street parking right in front for training members for now as majority of parking is torn up is what I'm told. Looking on Maps there's only a few spots until no parking signs are posted. EDIT 2: Passed day 3, yay! Group that just came in behind me are Arrow or Mt. Dennis. Group before me was Wilson, Birchmount and Arrow. Can't wait for the new master sign up so hopefully I can get something closer to home.
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    TTC Application Process

    Commuting along 401 for many years now unfortunately so I've got more than enough character already 😩 Just keeping my eyes on the prize but would've been a super bonus to get Malvern or Birchmount. Guess I'll put my time in then transfer. Funny thing is my in-laws live around the corner from Mt. Dennis but moving in with them is another can of worms I don't wanna open with a 20ft pole.
  8. simpleform

    TTC Application Process

    Finally got training date, October 1. Been in the process since February but had issues with medical which dragged me down. Just too bad I got Mt. Dennis when I live in Ajax.
  9. simpleform

    TTC Application Process

    Damn, I hope not!! Family friend lives in the middle of Malvern and Birchmount so he was super duper lucky to get either. Not liking that as I'm in Ajax. I hope it's to make room for us East enders 😄😄😄
  10. simpleform

    TTC Application Process

    Very nice. Thanks for the info. I'm out east so hopefully Malvern. Family relative just got posted to Malvern and training start Aug 20. Hopefully my medical finally clears. Thanks again.
  11. simpleform

    TTC Application Process

    Many thanks. Appreciate the feedback. They never really got into the nitty gritty during the info session so it's always great to get feedback from people living it. Are the Blue line shifts harder to get as a new hire? Or I should ask, are there shifts that start around 7/8pm and end around 6/7am?
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    TTC Application Process

    Not sure if this is appropriate to ask here regarding shifts but for members working already what are the times for the night shift and how likely is it for new hires to get it? I'm just waiting to clear medical, I've been in the process since Feb 2018, but I would like night as it fits my schedule much better.
  13. simpleform

    TTC Application Process

    Yeah, that's what I did and the recruiter acknowledged but was curious about the process and timeline.
  14. simpleform

    TTC Application Process

    Has anyone asked for a delay to contact their references? At what point do they make contact?? I'm assuming they would contact references after successful medical and criminal checks. Interview was successful for me. Curious as I've been at my current position for 10+ years and only have 1 supervisor and I don't see things ending well so just want to time things right. TIA
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    TTC Application Process

    No idea about that particular position but at my interview they said only successful candidates will have their references contacted. Looks like you're in. I know another member mentioned wheel trans is out of Lakeshore and is pretty senior and tough to get in but can any operators comment on how the shifts are? I assume no late or graveyard shifts.
  16. simpleform

    TTC Application Process

    I was part of that session. I got the interview email about 2 weeks ago. I remember they said that my session should hear back by end of April.
  17. simpleform

    TTC Application Process

    Thanks for the feedback. If you don't mind me asking but how long did it take you to go from interview to first training day? I'm just curious how others are bridging the pay gap as it seems other people are experiencing several weeks between interviews and your first pay cheque. I know some are fortunate enough to have a boss or company that will let them stay as long as possible or take a leave but I will not have that luxury.
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    TTC Application Process

    This thread is a great help and gave me a ton of info. Not sure if this has been asked already but at what point are people leaving their current position for the TTC? I know they mentioned that they can delay contacting references but from reading others here there is a bit of time between interviews until training starts.
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