Scarborough Consults on Transit Funding

Tonight, Councillor Michael Thompson, who is also a TTC Commissioner, will host a public meeting in the Rotunda of the Scarborough Civic Centre (south of the SRT station, across the plaza).

TTC CGM Gary Webster and the Chair Adam Giambrone will join Councillor Thompson to talk about how the City’s cost containment measures will affect the TTC and transit services in Scarborough.

I will not be attending tonight, but will be at the full TTC meeting on Wednesday. Later today, I will publish my position on the TTC cuts overall and the action that the Commission should take pending resolution of budget problems.

The surveys conducted by the TTC and the Torontoist website both show that retention and improvement of service is paramount for TTC riders. Recently, the Toronto Board of Trade released their own five-point election platform, and they strongly support transit improvement.

Let your Councillors, especially those who prefer to blame every cut on Queen’s Park or the unions, know that we need better service, we need more service, and we will not tolerate more excuses for Toronto’s failure to properly fund its transit system.

2 thoughts on “Scarborough Consults on Transit Funding

  1. I was wondering what the results of the surveys would be. Now that we know that the TTC and the city know that we, as riders, want the service maintained and improved, it should be interesting to see how this information translates into action on Wednesday.

    I have to say I’m glad the TTC did the survey before proceeding with service cuts and fare increases; in fact, I don’t recall any public consultations taking place at all before service cuts and fare increases in the past, including the big ones in the 1990s. That said, my concern is that the TTC, the city, or both will ignore the results and follow some predetermined course of action regardless of what information has been compiled from the results of the survey.

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  2. Steve the only thing that is bothering me about these cuts in Scarborough, is the threat of scaling back the 38 Highland Creek to U of T Scarborough. As someone who takes the 38 to Centenial/Lawson intersection regularly I can tell you 95% of the riders on this route use metropasses. Using flat numbers not cost recovery, I can tell you even on Sunday evening with 30 mins headways there is an average from what I can tell 10 boarding on the section that is going to be cut all of which is metropasses. Real stupid.

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