Here's how Toronto is reacting to the TTC's upcoming fare hike

Jan 25 2019, 2:27 pm

It’s safe to say a lot of commuters in Toronto are unimpressed by the TTC’s fare hike announcement.

On Thursday, the TTC Board unanimously approved the 2019 operating budget, which includes a $0.10 fare hike for PRESTO users that will be taking effect on April 1.

According to the transit agency, in developing the nearly $2.1 billion budget for conventional and Wheel Trans services, the TTC found $135 million in efficiencies and offsets without impacting service.

They say that the fare hike will add $26 million in revenue, and the budget also called for an additional $22 million subsidy from the City of Toronto.

This budget protects services such as the two hour hop-on, hop-off service, capacity improvement initiatives, including more subway, bus and streetcar service, allowing kids 12 and under to ride free, and introducing early Sunday opening.

TTC Chair Jaye Robinson said the fare increase was a last resort.

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“This budget allows us to retain the important investments in public transit services Toronto Council has approved over the past several years,” said TTC Chair Jaye Robinson. “Increasing fares is always a last resort, but in order to protect those services, we need to strike a balance between what’s affordable to our customers and to the residents of Toronto.”

Thursday’s vote came during one of the TTC’s worst weeks for commuters so far this winter.

The transit agency has encountered several delays since Monday, partly due to weather and partly due to signal problems.

Councillor Joe Cressy said that raising TTC fare reduces ridership.

“Raising TTC fares while keeping property taxes low is not the right way to balance the budget. In fact, it’s counterproductive,” he said. “Every TTC fare increase reduces ridership.”

While fares did not rise in 2018, Torontonians are still pretty unhappy with the news.

And in true Toronto fashion, this one brought it all back… to the Toronto Raptors.