Push for 2-hour fare transfers gathers steam

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A new coalition including members of TTC Riders, an advocacy group along with the Toronto Association of BIAs is calling for a two-hour fare transfer that could be a boom for riders.

It’s called the 2HourFare4TO.ca.

It is clear that the city won’t be considering this move during this year’s budget process, which could cost the TTC $20 million annually in lost revenue.

Meanwhile the TTC continues to grapple with the problem of stagnating ridership and a growth strategy is being considered in the near future.

TTC CEO Andy Byford’s monthly report shows ridership is 1.7 per cent behind the transit agency’s target, and actually down 0.3 per cent from 2016.

In real numbers, that means people will be taking some eight million fewer trips on the TTC this year, a worrying trend in a city that’s growing and trying to get more people onto transit to combat traffic congestion.

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The TTC wants all 2,000 of its buses to be emission-free by 2040, and it took a step toward that goal on Monday.

The board approved $50 million in spending to buy 30 battery electric buses — likely 10 from each of the three companies building the vehicles. – CINEWS

 

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