We love the TTC in Toronto. We love that it's relatively easy to get around the city, we love the operators that are helpful and friendly and offer a kind word for our thanks. We love the ding-dong of the subway doors closing and we love the automated street announcements. We love knowing when the trains are coming.
What we don't love? Being asked to bear the burden of the TTC's operating shortfalls through fare hikes without an appreciable difference in service. What's more, the highest fare hike is being proposed for Metropass riders - who are arguably amongst the TTC's most loyal riders.
$17 or .25 might not seem like a lot, but it adds up, and to some people, it will make enough of a difference for them to abandon the TTC altogether - or force them to stretch an over-stretched budget.
Riders have accepted fare hikes in the past with grumbling, but little else. Why now? Because if we don't say something sometime, we will be resigned to increases forever, until transit is no longer an affordable option.
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