Local bus services cut, plus TTC fare increase

The TTC is proposing a large list of service cuts, in addition to a fare increase, in this year's budget. Tokens are expected to be $0.10 more expensive, and the cost of monthly Metropasses will increase by $5 to $126, starting February 1st. Oddly enough, the cost increase of Metropasses adds up to $60/year, which is the same as the vehicle registration fee that was just axed. Looks like the "War on Cars" has been shifted to "War on Transit Riders".

Spacing has a good summary of the proposed service cuts. TTC service cuts local to the Junction Triangle include:

  • Route 26 Dupont – No service after 10:00 p.m., every day.
  • Route 127 Davenport – No service after 10:00 p.m., Sundays and holidays.

Both of these routes currently have service until well after 1am.

If you care about maintaining services in this city, especially after our new mayor promised many times to not make any cuts, it might be a good time to send a note to the following elected officials:


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Reminder: TTC service cuts start this weekend

The TTC service cuts on our local 26 Dupont and 127 Davenport buses start this Sunday.

From the TTC's website:

26 Dupont - Service reduction
Service change effective May 8
There will be no service after approximately 10:00 p.m., every day.

127 Davenport - Service reduction
Service change effective May 8
There will be no service after approximately 10:00 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

Thanks Rob Ford

This is a perfect example of what tax cuts deliver; service cuts for working people who really need the services. Expect a lot more of this in the next 4 years. It's Mike Harris all over again.

TTC cuts: Ana Bailao's letter to Stintz

Ana Bailao has posted an open letter to Karen Stintz regarding the proposed cuts:

Local TTC service cuts still on the table

The TTC updated their list of service cuts in a press release today:

The local Davenport and Dupont buses are still on the chopping block:

  • 127 DAVENPORT – Service ending at 10:00 p.m., Sundays and holidays.
  • 26 DUPONT – Service ending at 10:00 p.m., every day.

TTC Chair Stintz Letter Response

TTCchair Karen Stintz Tweeted this Friday night Jan 14,2011
A letter to our #TTC customers about this week's news & my "Route Realignment" comment. Have a safe weekend. http://is.gd/1o7rT9

Interesting in her letter that she refers to us as 'Fellow Customers"... I'd rather be called a fellow rider or a citizen. The whole Ford thing about treating government like any other business and providing the "perception" of customer service is wrong. To me the TTC is an essential service that is necessary to keep the economic and social engine of the city going.

It should certainly be funded more than the 30% governments put into it and decisions on cutting routes should have more to do with meeting community needs than ridership statistics. It's like the old days of railways when governments had to keep poor performing lines open just so citizens and goods could service areas in use.

I just hope people don't have to go out and protest lobby for each little city service they need.

Ken Wood
I follow our Councillor Ana Bailao and city politics at http://www.ward18.ca

This Was Just a Political Circus

This is the type of thing we've all seen before. Panic Panic The Sky is Falling!

... Oh, Look. I found a way to save us!

All this does is undermine public confidence in councillors and city hall. Emotions over thoughtful, logical discussion is a waste of energy.

Now. what about those service cuts? Will THEY still be on the table?

On thge plus side, maybe all the uproar on twitter tweets and social networking media impacted the decisions to kill the fare increase.

I agree....

It does seem like a bit of a circus. Threaten a fare increase, and then look like heroes for finding a way out of it.

And yes: What about those service cuts? It doesn't sound like we're getting our full Dupont and Davenport bus services restored, and neither is the rest of the city.

And what other services will be cut to raise the money to fend off the fare increase?

And what other service cuts are being made while everyone pays attention the TTC fare fiasco?

"There will be no service cuts." Sure....

A shame

The scariest part is so many people fell for it. The oldest snake oil on the shelf and still, all those knuckleheads still fool enough to buy it.