City budget passage is good news for TTC customers3/20/15 6:00 AM
Last week’s City Council vote to approve Mayor John Tory’s first budget was good news for TTC customers.
The budget included an unprecedented $90-million investment in TTC service. It comes after three years of lobbying on our part for increased, affordable funding to enable us to meet surging ridership, to decrease wait times and to reduce crowding levels across the network.
I am particularly pleased that City Council supported the vast majority of the initiatives that we tabled last fall – proposals designed to reverse the damaging cuts imposed on the TTC in 2011 and 2012 – so we may begin delivering improved service on all modes.
Specifically, we will now work to introduce additional express bus services, restore minimum 10-minute-or-better service on our busiest routes, all-day service to the vast majority of routes, added trains to rush-hour service on the subway, and the conversion to all-door boarding on all 11 streetcar routes. Service reliability will also be enhanced with the deployment of more incident responders, and additional Route and Station Supervisors to keep the network moving.
When we launched our Five-Year Corporate Plan to modernize the TTC in 2013, I said then that we needed two things to enable that plan to succeed: time and money. I am, therefore, relieved and grateful that additional funding has been forthcoming and that we have the support of the Mayor and Council in driving improvement.
This successful budget outcome means we can now accelerate our work and deliver tangible improvements sooner rather than later.
I recognize that a lot remains to be done before we have delivered on our vision of a transit system that makes Toronto proud, but we are that much closer today.
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