PAULA FLETCHER’S TOWN HALL TUESDAY MARCH 26,2019
I have heard from many of you with concerns about the Ford government taking over Toronto’s subway system.
I am hosting a Transit Town Hall on Tuesday, March 26th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at St. David’s Anglican Church (49 Donlands Ave, across from Donlands Station).
This will be a great opportunity for you to share your thoughts and also get an update from TTC Riders and MPP Peter Tabuns.
As well, the City’s Executive Committee will be considering a request for the City to take a more pro-active approach on this issue this week. You can read more about this request for a public information campaign online here.
Our subway, buses and streetcars are all an integrated network. There is a real risk having part of that network being split off and owned by someone else. This would make the issues we currently have even worse.
The TTC’s major problem is lack of funding. It is one of the worst funded major transit systems in North America. If the Ford government wants to help, they could simply offer to help share more of the financial burden. The provincial government used to match the City of Toronto’s annual subsidy of the TTC’s day-to-day operations, but that was ended under the Mike Harris government.
Many have asked if this will lead to privatizing our subway system. Others have pointed out that Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency, does not have a great track record and point to all the problems with PRESTO cards. There are many questions and concerns being raised.
Please share this with your friends and family. I look forward to hearing from you and getting your feedback.
Working for you,
Ward 14, Toronto-Danforth