When the November Service Changes were released, we saw that service was being slashed on 20 routes and immediately suspected that these were cuts. In the past month, the TTC has intentionally misled the public to believe that these changes were merely routine tweaks to match service to ridership. Through Ben Spurr, we now know that if the TTC was only making changes to match service to ridership, service would have been improved on 43 routes. Zero of the improvements were made.
Through this smokescreen, the TTC has been denying that these cuts are the direct impact of Mayor John Tory’s refusal to properly fund transit in Toronto.
As transit riders, we have been suffering with insufficient service for years. Whereas the situation could improve with adequate funding, it will instead get a bit worse starting Sunday on these routes:
73 Royal York
79 Scarlett Rd
121 Fort York-Esplanade
129 McCowan North
161 Rogers Rd
For all riders who use these routes and want to see the ways in which they are getting worse, check our running list on the page John Tory’s Transit Cuts.
On that same page, we also list the routes where service would have improved on Sunday if John Tory was not starving the TTC.
John Tory holds himself out as the “Transit Mayor,” a claim that is completely detached from objective fact. It is true that he has made some investments in transit, and made sure that everyone knew through his multiple press conferences. Starting Sunday, Tory’s budget cuts begin. And if he has his way in 2017, this situation will be much, much, much worse.