Council supports one fare for all transit trips in Toronto

News Nov 07, 2017 by David Nickle Parkdale Villager

Toronto Council has voted to press for a single-fare for transit within Toronto – whether on Metrolinx-operated commuter trains and buses, or on TTC vehicles – as a part of its negotiations with Metrolinx on fare integration as the Presto electronic payment system moves closer to replacing tokens and other fare media in Toronto.

The question of how to charge commuters as they move between Metrolinx’s GO Transit lines and TTC lines has been a part of a larger negotiation between Toronto, the TTC and Metrolinx.

Metrolinx has approved a strategy that would see a multi-step move toward total fare integration across the Greater Toronto Area, that would see discounts on fares between both GO and the TTC and other 905 transit systems and the TTC.

But Ward 20 Councillor Mike Layton pointed out that under the discount model, which would see a $1.50 discount applied,  residents in Liberty Village near Exhibition Place would still be faced with an unfairly high cost to ride the GO Train between the Ex and Union Station, and then board the subway.

“We went from an $8 fare to get from Liberty Village to Union Station, and now we’d be charging $6.50,” he said. “That’s still too much. If we want this surface transit system to work at its most effective level, we need to draw people on to that. We know what does that is an affordable one-fare system.”

Layton argued that a single fare system would in fact benefit residents of Scarborough and North York, should Metrolinx or the TTC be tempted to charge a distance-based fare.

“I don’t think this council would support a different fare from Scarborough, a different fare from North York,” he said. “That system would benefit my residents in Liberty Village but I don’t think that would be right. Let’s have one fare. It may require more at the fare box and more from the tax base. But we should have that debate sooner rather than later.”

Council supported Layton’s motion, and also one from Ward 31 Councillor Janet Davis, asking for greater transparency in Metrolinx’s governance structure.


Council supports single fare for all transit trips in Toronto

News Nov 07, 2017 by David Nickle Parkdale Villager

Toronto Council has voted to press for a single-fare for transit within Toronto – whether on Metrolinx-operated commuter trains and buses, or on TTC vehicles – as a part of its negotiations with Metrolinx on fare integration as the Presto electronic payment system moves closer to replacing tokens and other fare media in Toronto.

The question of how to charge commuters as they move between Metrolinx’s GO Transit lines and TTC lines has been a part of a larger negotiation between Toronto, the TTC and Metrolinx.

Metrolinx has approved a strategy that would see a multi-step move toward total fare integration across the Greater Toronto Area, that would see discounts on fares between both GO and the TTC and other 905 transit systems and the TTC.

But Ward 20 Councillor Mike Layton pointed out that under the discount model, which would see a $1.50 discount applied,  residents in Liberty Village near Exhibition Place would still be faced with an unfairly high cost to ride the GO Train between the Ex and Union Station, and then board the subway.

“We went from an $8 fare to get from Liberty Village to Union Station, and now we’d be charging $6.50,” he said. “That’s still too much. If we want this surface transit system to work at its most effective level, we need to draw people on to that. We know what does that is an affordable one-fare system.”

Layton argued that a single fare system would in fact benefit residents of Scarborough and North York, should Metrolinx or the TTC be tempted to charge a distance-based fare.

“I don’t think this council would support a different fare from Scarborough, a different fare from North York,” he said. “That system would benefit my residents in Liberty Village but I don’t think that would be right. Let’s have one fare. It may require more at the fare box and more from the tax base. But we should have that debate sooner rather than later.”

Council supported Layton’s motion, and also one from Ward 31 Councillor Janet Davis, asking for greater transparency in Metrolinx’s governance structure.


Council supports single fare for all transit trips in Toronto

News Nov 07, 2017 by David Nickle Parkdale Villager

Toronto Council has voted to press for a single-fare for transit within Toronto – whether on Metrolinx-operated commuter trains and buses, or on TTC vehicles – as a part of its negotiations with Metrolinx on fare integration as the Presto electronic payment system moves closer to replacing tokens and other fare media in Toronto.

The question of how to charge commuters as they move between Metrolinx’s GO Transit lines and TTC lines has been a part of a larger negotiation between Toronto, the TTC and Metrolinx.

Metrolinx has approved a strategy that would see a multi-step move toward total fare integration across the Greater Toronto Area, that would see discounts on fares between both GO and the TTC and other 905 transit systems and the TTC.

But Ward 20 Councillor Mike Layton pointed out that under the discount model, which would see a $1.50 discount applied,  residents in Liberty Village near Exhibition Place would still be faced with an unfairly high cost to ride the GO Train between the Ex and Union Station, and then board the subway.

“We went from an $8 fare to get from Liberty Village to Union Station, and now we’d be charging $6.50,” he said. “That’s still too much. If we want this surface transit system to work at its most effective level, we need to draw people on to that. We know what does that is an affordable one-fare system.”

Layton argued that a single fare system would in fact benefit residents of Scarborough and North York, should Metrolinx or the TTC be tempted to charge a distance-based fare.

“I don’t think this council would support a different fare from Scarborough, a different fare from North York,” he said. “That system would benefit my residents in Liberty Village but I don’t think that would be right. Let’s have one fare. It may require more at the fare box and more from the tax base. But we should have that debate sooner rather than later.”

Council supported Layton’s motion, and also one from Ward 31 Councillor Janet Davis, asking for greater transparency in Metrolinx’s governance structure.