Earlier this year, during the presentation of the city’s operating budget
, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford announced that the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has proposed an across the board fare hike, which was scrapped a day later.
The TTC will release a report on Tuesday recommending cost-saving measures, according to a report from the Toronto Star
In the report, which will then be debated at a special meeting Friday, the TTC proposed a hike in the cost of tokens by 10 cents, implementing a premium fare for Blue Night bus service, cutting more than 400 jobs, outsourcing 500 others, reducing route times and delaying the arrival of the new low-floor Bombardier streetcars.
Another controversial decision by the TTC is to make dialysis patients without mobility devices ineligible for Wheel-Trans services. This would prompt them to transfer over to regular TTC service routes.
This comes as city hall urged the TTC to cut 10 percent from its budget and a day after Joe Pennachetti, City Manager, released a list of recommendations to address the $774 million budget shortfall.
Bob Kinnear, TTC transit union head, told the Star
that these recommendations are “a war on commuters, low-wage workers, the disabled and the environment.”
The Toronto Sun
obtained a memo to all TTC workers from general manager Gary Webster, who is reportedly
looking to be replaced.
“This has been a very difficult process, and I fully understand the anxiety many of you may be feeling today,” wrote Webster in the memo. “The TTC has greater than ever ridership – projected at 503 million in 2012 – yet it must find savings to balance its budget. While headways – the time between vehicles – will be widened, there are no routes being cut in this proposed budget.”