Restore TTC Funding Petition

One topic people in our community often mention to me is increasing frustrations with transit. They tell me of roads completely clogged with cars and streetcars, and buses and subways packed with people.

This problem didn't happen overnight. In the 90's, drastic cuts to municipal funding stripped away critical transit operation funding. Since then, attempts to restore funding have failed.

On February 21 I spoke in the Legislative Assembly and called on the Premier to restore Ontario's traditional 50-50 funding formula for the TTC's operating costs. With this funding, the TTC could improve service, boost ridership and give people another good reason to leave the car at home.

I believe in a fair, affordable Toronto where everyone can participate, and I know I'm not alone in this vision.

If you agree, please sign my petition to restore fair transit funding. Thank you.

 

Peter Tabuns, MPP

Toronto-Danforth

 

 

To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario;

Whereas the former Conservative provincial government reneged on an agreement to fund up to 50 percent of the TTC's annual operating budget which subsequent Liberal governments have refused to restore in each budget since 1998;

Whereas in 2016, the Toronto Transit Commission set an all-time record of 538.1 million rides, and TTC ridership has increased each year for the last 13 years without assistance from the province;

Whereas the TTC receives the smallest government support per ride of all major North American transit systems - just $1 a ride, far less than the North American average of $2.60 a ride, and the Ontario government did not announce any new money for infrastructure in the operating budget for 2017 and 2018;

We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to immediately act to restore the TTC's operating cosst subsidies to $345 million annually.

 

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