On Friday November 13, TTC riders will be striking against planned fare increases. Nicole Winchester, the strike’s organizer urges riders across Toronto to find a better way to get to work, home or school, showing the Toronto Transit Commission what affect the increase will have on ridership.”If a ten-cent increase makes the system lose an average of 2 million rides,” says Winchester, “what will twenty-five cents and a full seventeen dollars to a Metropass do to the system. Other options must be considered.”
For many riders, the concern is about the lack of promised improvements in the past and, as Winchester points out, we “now are asked to bear the burden of the shortfall, and to do so without expecting anything in return.”
To date, the Facebook event page has almost 4000 people showing their support. If you can’t walk, bike, drive, or cab it where you need to go, there is a ride share program set up on PickupPal.com. It has been suggested that if you cannot avoid taking the transit system on Friday, then make your voice heard by calling the TTC directly.
Winchester is hoping the strike will lead to a transit riders’ union or a user group that can advocate on behalf of the city’s ridership. “At the very least,” she hopes, “Transit riders with grievances will know they’re not alone.”
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