Toronto-area transit agencies are experiencing an increase in reports of homeless people frequenting vehicles and stations during the COVID-19 pandemic as regular supports for the region’s vulnerable shut down.

TTC spokesperson Stuart Green said that despite ridership on the city’s network plunging by 80 per cent since the start of the outbreak, the agency has experienced a higher number of service calls for “vulnerable individuals,” a group he said includes people who are experiencing homelessness or are in mental distress.

Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins said the provincial organization, which operates GO Transit, has also noticed “an increase in people seeking shelter in our stations.” GO has seen ridership fall 90 per cent.