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article imageShould the Toronto Transit Commission charge extra for strollers?

By Andrew Moran     Jan 22, 2013 in Politics
Toronto - Should the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) charge extra for each stroller? That's the debate that is going on in Toronto on Tuesday after a transit rider complained about safety issues and proposed charging an additional fare.
It’s a common scenario for everyday Torontonians. It’s rush hour, the bus or subway is at maximum capacity and a parent with a large stroller gets on the bus and takes up at least two or three standing spaces, which can make it difficult for other riders to get on or get off the vehicle.
The TTC will now be looking at a wide range of issues relating to strollers since the customer put forth the concern. Although the idea of imposing an extra fare for parents with strollers has been shot down by TTC CEO Andy Byford, other ideas are being floated around, such as looking at limiting the number of strollers on each bus, especially during rush hour.
Speaking in an interview with CP24 on Tuesday, Byford said that he prefers consideration and courtesy over new restrictions and allowing both the transit riders and the person with a stroller to handle the matter as politely as possible.
“I don’t think it’s all acceptable to charge for strollers. So there’s no way we’re going to do that,” explained Byford. “In terms of limiting the number of strollers, well, I put strollers in the same category as other big items: backpacks or even bikes. We just need to have a sensible situation. On occasions, we have buses that are very, very full. It may be on limited occasions we have to say we’re going to only allow a certain number of strollers to maintain safety.”
Byford added that the TTC Board is asking its operators to “exercise sensible discretion.” He also confirmed that the TTC is adding 27 new articulated buses to its fleet later this year. These are part of a much bigger order of 150 larger buses that will be rolled into service over the next few years.
Nevertheless, the TTC will monitor the issue closely.
The issue of strollers may perhaps be a growing subject for passengers as strollers appear to be getting larger and larger, like this one.
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