As Toronto finally begins to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, Premier Doug Ford is using it as an excuse to push for the privatization of TTC bus routes. The Ontario government will make it a requirement for the TTC to establish “microtransit” partnerships with ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber to access the second round of emergency coronavirus funding.
ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos recently told the Daily Hive that the policy is a way to “line the pockets of big ride-share corporations headquartered in San Francisco. Now is the time to strengthen public transit, not attack it. Cutting service and selling off parts of the TTC to for-profit corporations will only hurt Ontario workers and riders.”
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Ontario asks cities to potentially replace some public transit with private car companies