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Key Vote: TTC Funding

Councillors 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.

Vote Essentials:
That council restore $10 million in funding to the TTC to prevent a fare increase

Voting AGAINST restoring TTC funding: 21
Altobello, Balkissoon, Berardinetti, Di Giorgio, Disero, Duguid, Hall, Holyday, Kelly, Lastman, Lindsay Luby, Mammoliti, Milczyn, Minnan-Wong, Moeser, Nunziata, Ootes, Shiner, Soknacki, Sutherland, Tziretas

Voting FOR restoring TTC funding: 20
Ashton, Augimeri, Bussin, Chow, Ford, Johnston, Jones, Korwin-Kuczynski, Layton, Li Preti, McConnell, Mihevc, Miller, Moscoe, Pantalone, Pitfield, Rae, Shaw, Silva, Walker

Vote Date: March 2002

Vote Specifics: Motion (a) to Operating Program: (QQ) Toronto Transit Commission

For more information, see the City Council Minutes. (PDF file opens in a new window.)