A campaign called Fair Student Fares is about to get what it wants out of the TTC and Metropasses won’t be increasing in price by quite as much as expected.
TTC chairman Adam Giambrone has informed Spacing that he will be introducing a motion at the November 17 TTC meeting calling for post-secondary education students to receive the same discount that high school students receive.
Giambrone also told Spacing that he will propose the TTC staff report recommending the price of a regular adult Metropass increase to $126 be reduced to $121, thereby maintaining the current trip multiple required to ‘break even’ on a Metropass.
“A fare increase of some degree will be unavoidable in 2010 even after savings and efficiencies are found,” Giambrone wrote via e-mail. “I will not support service cuts, as our riders tell us consistently that this is the last thing they want.”
“That said, I will also not be fully supporting the fare structure proposed by TTC staff. One of the things I support is keeping the Metropass at around $121, rather than $126. This is too much to ask of the TTC’s most loyal riders.”
With a $121 Metropass, the fare increase will bring in $50.4 million. $2.5 million will be required to pay for extending the high school discount to post-secondary students, which Giambrone says he has been working on with students for a lengthy period of time.
Under the current fare matrix, the savings for college and university students amounts to $17.75 per month or $7.75 for students who had been accessing the Volume Incentive Program. The discount will also apply to tickets and individual fares.
Given the logistics required to include post-secondary students in the discount program, a start date of September 2010 is expected. At present, high school students are required to purchase an identification card from the TTC each fall and present it when using discounted fare media.
Photograph by David Topping.