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 exc@toronto.ca.

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.

In 2014, the City, in response to community pressure, agreed to come up with a plan to make the TTC more affordable for low income riders.  After over a year of delays and the most recent postponement of the report’s October 26 release, the City Executive is supposed to discuss and vote on a plan to make the TTC more affordable on Thursday December 1st.

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.

Thank you for everything you to do support public transit.
Karin, Tina, Herman, Cindy, Susan, Merrill, Margot, Joel, Daniella, Jessica, Susy, Karlyn and fellow members of the Fair Fare Coalition, TTCriders and the Ontario Chinese Seniors Association, CARP-Toronto, Bob Rumball Centre, and more.

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 

Access Alliance

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

CAMH

Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre

CodeRedTO

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

Masaryk Friends

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

Pasan

PTP Adult Learning and Employment Programs

Ralph Thornton Community Centre

Red Wagon Collective

Scarborough Transit Action

Schools Welcome Refugees

Sistering

SKETCH Working Arts

South Riverdale Community Health Centre

St. Stephen’s Community House

Street Health

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

TTCriders

Toronto Drop-In Network

Toronto Friendship Centre

Toronto Rape Crisis Centre

Toronto Airport Workers Council

Unifor 2002

Unison Community Health Centre

Wychwood Open Door

York University Graduate Students Association

Street Health

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