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TTC Ridership Subsidy

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Simply Put...

We are recommending that City Council request request that the Province provide adequate funding to the TTC and link funding to ridership.

Background

The TTC receives a subsidy from the City of Toronto to cover the gap between the fare riders pay and the real cost of transporting a rider. It is a lump sum hashed out ever year during the highly political budget process. This has resulted in the TTC being left with the lowest subsidy per rider of any major city in North America. Since the TTC is not subsidized by rider it essentially loses money on every new rider it attracts to the system.


A system whereby the subsidy is directly influenced by ridership is preferential because it will more accurately reflect in and stabilize the level of funding the TTC gets and motivate the TTC to attract new riders.

Amplifying the Youth Voice

At their meeting on January 11, 2014 the Youth Council passed a resolution tabled by Youth Councillor Theo Poenaru that a system whereby subsidy is directly proportional by ridership should be implemented in order to accurately reflect and stabilize the level of funding the TTC gets and motivate the TTC to attract new riders.

Contact

Theo Poenaru, Youth Council Vice-Chair

Rashik Naveed, Director of Public Transportation 
rashik.naveed@thecyc.ca

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