(This is a map of potential TTC service cuts by Ian Trider via the Torontoist. Solid red lines are routes which may be entirely eliminated. Broken red lines are routes which may be eliminated, but partially serviced by other routes. The yellow lines are routes which may have their service reduced. Click here to see a larger-size version.)
WHAT: Public consultation on potential TTC cuts
WHEN: Monday, September 10 @ 7pm
WHERE: Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive), Rotunda
WHAT: Special TTC funding crisis meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, September 12 @ 10am
WHERE: City Hall (100 Queen Street West), Committee Room 1
The TTC will be participating in a public consultation regarding service cuts tonight at the Scarborough Civic Centre. TTC Chair Adam Giambrone, TTC Chief General Manager Gary Webster and City Councillor Michael Thompson will be in attendance.
They will also be holding a special meeting at City Hall on Wednesday to discuss the TTC’s response to the City’s current financial crisis.
As you can see from the map above (or from the TTC version), the TTC is proposing massive service cuts to over 50 of their current routes. This will irrevocably damage the network of buses, streetcars and subways that Torontonians use every day to access everything from employment and education to public services.
Often, public transit in Toronto is discussed in terms of how it relates to urban planning, environmentalism or gridlock. Rarely do you hear it discussed in terms of the importance it plays in maintaining the social fabric of the city. Public transit creates a sense of connection to the greater whole, and that sense of inclusion is tremendously empowering. You cannot just eliminate a person’s ability to get to work, buy groceries or go to school! That’s as ludicrous as cutting off their access to water or hydro.
But why is public transit treated as though it is expendable? Why is it not treated as an essential service?
Gutting the network is a violation of every Torontonian’s (regardless of whether you use the TTC or not) fundamental right to basic access and basic mobility.
This is not just about a bus route being cut here, or someone having to wait an extra 20 minutes for a ride, or someone having to buy a car to pick up their kids from daycare.
It’s about what kind of city you want: Toronto the OK or Toronto the Great?