Brad Ross, the well-known public face of the nation’s largest public transit agency for the past decade, is leaving the TTC.
In a message sent to employees Wednesday morning, Ross said he has taken a job as the city’s new chief communications officer.
“As a teenager growing up in Scarborough, my friends and I took the TTC everywhere. It was our connection to the city. Not in a million years would I have dreamed of being the TTC’s Executive Director of Corporate and Customer Communications – I certainly wouldn’t have had a clue what that even meant back then,” he said in the message.
“I am proud of the TTC and will look back fondly at my time here. It’s a special place filled with good people.”
Ross was hired as the TTC’s director of communications in 2008.
In his time as the transit agency’s chief spokesperson, he became known for his frank approach in nearly daily media appearances to discussing the many challenges of operating the transit service, including addressing such delicate topics as track suicides head on.
He was active on social media, often sparring with critics he thought were unfair to the TTC, but also frequently fielding questions directly from customers.
Around TTC headquarters, Ross was recognizable for his tailored suits and numerous tattoos, including a skull emblazoned with the words “No comment” on his forearm.
His new job marks a return to city hall for Ross. Prior to working at the TTC he was a spokesperson for the city.
According to the Ontario public sector salary disclosure, Ross made a salary of $163,995.42 plus benefits last year. His official title was executive director of corporate communications.
His last day will be Dec. 14.
Ben Spurr is a Toronto-based reporter covering transportation. Reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter: @BenSpurr