Thanks to months of organizing together — holding rallies, educating and mobilizing transit riders, making deputations, and calling and sending emails to our elected officials — TTCriders, the Fair Fare Coalition, and our allies have won some major transit victories in the 2018 City Budget!
Here’s what we won together this year:
- The first phase of the Fair Pass. The first phase will provide discounts of 33 per cent on single adult fares and 21 per cent on adult Metropasses to eligible riders on social assistance. Future phases will provide the discount in stages by 2021 to riders who earn the low income measure plus fifteen percent. The Fair Fare Coalition has fought for this pass for years, and it is an important first step. But we need deeper discounts rolled out faster. The Fair Fare Coalition is calling for $50 passes and $1 fares for people earning low incomes, and free transit for people on social assistance.
- Two-hour transfers. We worked in coalition with the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), Regal Heights Village BIA, and the Regal Heights Residents’ Association to push for a two-hour timed transfer in 2018. Two-hour transfers will allow riders to hop on and off the TTC for a period of two hours, to drop kids off at school or do grocery shopping on the way home from work. The transfer will be rolled out on Presto in August 2018.
- An additional $3 million in service. $1 million was added by the Budget Committee on January 23 to tackle overcrowding, then $2 million passed at the February 12 City Council vote. This is a welcome improvement, but still falls short of the $12.5 million needed to fix overcrowding. And it only makes a dent in the investments we need for rapid, reliable, and accessible TTC that is truly affordable.
Want to get involved in our transit movement?
Come to our Transit Summit on Saturday March 3 or become a member! TTCriders campaigns for a world class, affordable public transit system. We want more funding for the TTC so riders can have better service and lower fares. Join us!