One of the coalition’s first actions was to gather information from people who are impacted by fare costs. People were invited to write comments about what the fare increase meant to them and the importance of public transit in their lives. We collected 237 comments in English, Spanish and Mandarin.
These comments are part of Fred Victor’s Photography Group project to document experiences of the TTC and raise awareness of the impact of the high cost of travel in Toronto.
National Post Staff Jun 8, 2011 – 8:59 PM ET | Last Updated: Jun 12, 2011 12:17 PM ET
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Coalition is calling for free trips on TTC on heat alert days.
The folks at the Fair Fare Coalition picked a good day Wednesday to appeal for free transit on smog and heat alert days in Toronto.
Claiming that such a move will “save lives,” advocates called on the TTC to take a step towards making transit more accessible during dangerously hot days, especially for seniors, people living with chronic illnesses and substandard housing.
“Without financial means to travel, many people will have no way to escape the heat and smog,” the group says.
Ultimately, the Coalition wants a subsidized transit pass for low-income Torontonians.
TTC chairwoman Karen Stintz said offering free rides would cost the TTC $3-million a day. “Not that we want to discourage you from pursuing and advocating on behalf of your memberships, which I believe is a true need for those you represent, we really have some challenges meeting that need in this environment,” she told the group.
Ms. Stintz noted that the TTC has typically relied on corporate sponsors to offer free transit on New Year’s Day, and is currently shopping around for a new partner.
Posted in: City Hall, Posted Toronto, Traffic & Weather, TTC Tags: Fair Fare, Heat Alert, Karen Stintz, Seniors, TTC
“Free public transit makes it possible to travel to cooling centres or other places where temperature is regulated so people can stay safe during alert days. It will save lives.” says Daniela Mergarten of the Fair Fare Coalition.
“Mobility is an essential right, like public education, libraries, water, doctors and hospitals. It should be funded by government revenues. Transit should be accessible to everyone who needs it.” says Herman Rosenfeld of the Greater Toronto Workers Assembly Free and Accessible Transit Campaign.