between the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario is a step in the wrong
direction. In fact, the agreement is a step backwards for Torontonians who deserve
an integrated service they can rely on.
been crystal clear: we do not consent to Premier Ford stealing our subway.
Toronto City Council has already voted twice to continue to own, operate and
maintain transit service. Having efficient and reliable public transit can only
come by properly funding the system, not breaking it apart and privatizing it.
A publicly owned TTC
and its 11,500 public transit workers are best positioned to deliver transit in
an efficient and effective manner. We serve the communities we live in, and
we’ve been doing it “the better way” since the early days of the TTC.
Sadly, it’s the
riders who will pay the consequences of the so-called TTC subway upload. It
will lead to the privatization of our cherished public transit, similar to what
is happening with Metrolinx’s GO system.
will mean higher fares and reduced service, while private companies stand to
line their pockets from contracts, such as scandal-plagued SNC-Lavalin and
Bombardier (currently unable to deliver streetcars on time). It’s time to
deliver for Toronto’s public transit riders – and it’s not through Premier
Ford’s disastrous plan.
Transit Advocacy Group TTCriders on what’s at
Risk for Our Public Transit System
the agreement becoming publicly available, Toronto’s transit advocacy group TTCriders shared
that the Terms of Reference released by the City and Province on subway upload
negotiations is missing two crucial aspects: the City’s capacity to oppose it
and the principle of affordability.
hasn’t convinced anyone that stealing the subway will deliver better transit,”
said Shelagh Pizey-Allen, their Executive Director. “This city’s transit riders
deserve much better.”
“The best way to
make transit affordable and fix overcrowding and delays is to fund operations,”
said Pizey-Allen. “If the province steals the subway, riders will lose out with
higher fares, a crumbling subway system, and less say. The only people who
stand to benefit from the plan are developers, who will get handed public land
on top of stations.”
transit agency, Metrolinx, is exploring charging higher fares for riding the
subway. “People who can’t keep up with the increasing fares will get stuck on
the bus, while others get premium service on the subway,” said Pizey-Allen.
“They’ve also considered a fare-by-distance model, which would leave residents
in Scarborough and Etobicoke paying more.”
in the Terms of Reference about making sure transit is accessible for everyone
in this city.”
TTCriders is also
raising the alarm that the Terms of Reference scraps the City’s ability to
refuse the upload plan. “We, residents of and riders in Toronto, have the right
to say ‘No’,” said Pizey-Allen.
Torontonians concerned about their public transit system are
encouraged to sign the petition to Keep Transit Public.
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