Key Vote: TTC FundingCouncillors voted against restoring $10 million in funding to the TTC in order to prevent a fare increase. Since 1990, TTC funding has fallen by about $100 million a year. This vote perpetuates the vicious cycle, where the TTC raises its fares, loses riders, and so must raise fares again in order to remain afloat.
Public transit is crucial to Toronto. Yet the TTC remains the most poorly funded transit system in all of North America. The Medical Officer of Health estimates Toronto has 1,000 smog-related deaths a year. The more riders the TTC has, the less congestion and smog there will be. Each time fares rise, the TTC loses riders and can no longer maintain the same level of service. Councilís decision to withdraw support from the TTC dooms it to continued higher fares and service declines.
Voting AGAINST restoring TTC funding: 21
Voting FOR restoring TTC funding: 20
Vote Date: March 2002
Vote Specifics: Motion (a) to Operating Program: (QQ) Toronto Transit Commission
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