On December 11, the Province and Metrolinx approved a very expensive fare structure for Toronto’s new train, which will run from Union Station to Pearson Airport and back 400 times a day.

But you and I won’t be on that train, and here’s why.

It’s too expensive.  We’re being asked to pay $19 to $27.50 to board our new taxpayer funded train.

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On a positive note, as a result of our campaigning with our hardworking allies, the Province and Metrolinx agreed to let airport workers ride the train one-way for $10.  Still expensive, yes, but more affordable.

Campaigns succeed when citizens do not take no for an answer, and persevere.  We know the public shares our concern about the affordability of our new line.  A recent poll shows that two thirds of Torontonians think the train is too expensive.  We must continue to harness the public’s concern and convince the Wynne Government and Metrolinx that the Union Pearson line must be a true public transit line with TTC-level fares, more stops, and electric trains now.

We’ll be debriefing our work and deciding our next steps at our next meeting on Tuesday Jan. 13, 6pm – 8pm, 31 Wellesley St, OPSEU offices.  Contact us at jess@ttcriders.ca if you’re interested in attending the meeting.

Thank you for all of you that have worked with us so far.   If you have not signed our petition yet then please join the 2000+ people who have done so.

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