"Keep transit public," the workers chanted, during a town hall with Mayor John Tory.
"Message received, message received," Tory said, prompting applause. "I have that message."
TTC CEO Andy Byford and TTC Chair Josh Colle joined Tory for the town hall at the Hillcrest complex on Bathurst Street.
Tory is now barely two months into his tenure as the city's mayor. Elected in October, he was sworn in to office in December.
But the new mayor said he's proud of what he’s been able to do so far on the transit file.
"My record so far in 10 or 11 weeks is a proposed $100-million investment in public transportation to improve service, restore service, buy new buses and create more work for people that are in the system that you all serve," Tory told the workers.
The funding that Tory spoke of must be approved by council as part of the still-to-be-approved budget — something the mayor hopes will happen by mid-March.
Tory has also supported a proposed fare hike that would come alongside a move to eliminate fares for children aged 12 and under.