After many years of campaigning, the city has finally released its plan to make the TTC more affordable. The plan recommends people on social assistance get a 33% discount on tokens and a 21% discount on the metropass starting in 2018. Low income riders will be eligible for the same discount in 2019 and beyond. You’re an eligible low income rider if you earn $22,000 or less if you’re single, about $31,000 if you’re a single parent with a kid, and about $45,000 total if you’re a two parent household with two kids.
WHAT DO WE DO NOW?
1. Help us respond. TTCriders and the Fair Fare Coalition are having deep tough discussions about how to respond. What we do know is the report doesn’t go far enough. We still need free TTC for people on social assistance, and $50 metropass and $1 token for low income riders. We invite you to join us on Tuesday November 29th from 4pm – 5.30pm at 720 Bathurst St and help us develop our response. It is important you read the report before you come. You are welcome to share your feedback on the city’s report on our google form.
2. Sign up to share your story about the need for affordable fares for all and depute at the Executive Committee meeting on December 1st. We encourage you to arrive at the Executive Committee meeting by 12.30pm. You can sign up yourself by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Come to our Event at 12:30 on Dec. 1 inside City Hall. 100 Queen St W, RSVP now.
4. Send a message to your elected official for free TTC for people on social assistance and $50 metropass/$1 tokens about this issue right now.
5. Endorse our demands – as an individual or group or organization. Endorse now. See who has endorsed.
This is our chance to add to the pressure on City Councillors to bring in recommendations that will make a real difference. Our campaign wants free fares for people on social assistance, $50 monthly fares/$1 a ride for people on low incomes, including low income seniors and students, and more.
The Fare Fair Coalition and TTCriders, along with our many allies and activists, including the Ontario Chinese Seniors Association, have been fighting to lower TTC transit fares for low income people who rely on public transit to carry out all of the activities of daily life. Many are forced to choose between feeding the family and taking the bus. Everyone should have the right to travel.
Many other cities have made a promise to make the TTC more affordable, including Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax, Edmonton, and more. It’s Toronto’s turn.
Who endorsed the Fair Fare Coalition?
Mayor Tory and City Council: We stand for a truly affordable low income pass and an affordable TTC for all
Art Heart Community Art Centre
BRCD Adult Education Program
BRCD Progressive Assisted Living Program
BRCD – Supportive Independent Living Program
Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf – Adult Residental Program
Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre
Community & Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP)
De La Salle College “Oaklands”
Free Transit Toronto and Socialist Project
Fair Fare Coalition
Friend of a Friend Matchmaking Inc.
George Brown College Academic Upgrading Programs
Greater Toronto Workers Assembly/Free and Accessible
Jane Finch Centre
Jane Finch Community Legal Services
Jane Finch Community Ministry
Jessie’s -The June Callwood Centre for Young Women
LAMP Community Health Centre
Margaret’s Toronto East Drop-In Centre
Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy
Native Child &Family Services of Toronto
Neighbourhood Information Post
No One is Illegal/ Shelter Sanctuary
Ontario Chinese Seniors Association
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Opportunity For Advancement
Our Place Initiative
Red Wagon Collective
Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre
Parkdale Club, Communist Party of Canada
Parkdale Project Read
PTP Adult Learning and Employment Programs
Ralph Thornton Community Centre
Red Wagon Collective
Scarborough Transit Action
Schools Welcome Refugees
SKETCH Working Arts
South Riverdale Community Health Centre
St. Stephen’s Community House
The Stop Community Food Centre
St. Felix Centre
Success Beyond Limits
Supporting Our Youth
Social Planning Toronto
Toronto Centre for Community Learning & Development
Toronto Civic Employees Union CUPE LOCAL 416
Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care
Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre
Toronto Drop-In Network
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Toronto Airport Workers Council
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Wychwood Open Door
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