It is a significant step forward that Toronto, York and the province, are partnering on developing both the RL and YSE. The recent funding announcement should mean that significant funding is available to Toronto to increase the priority and advance the timeline for the RL. All levels of government need to jointly commit to full funding on these two vital projects. We cannot afford another 4 years of deferrals!
Meanwhile, daily York transit users transferring to the TTC spend about $1,700 a year on the two fares, Fred Winegust, co-president of the Spring Farm Ratepayers Association in Thornhill, said.
As a result, many York to Toronto commuters avoid taking Viva/YRT, choosing instead to have someone drop them off at a TTC stop or parking in the city, in the process cutting through York Region neighbourhoods to get to their destinations, he said.
That goes against efforts to get people out of their cars and onto public transit, Winegust said.
What I am saying is that there is a fair share that needs to be paid,” said Fred Winegust of the Congestion Relief Committee, South Central York Region.
“That fair share is not only for York region residents going to Toronto, but economic studies have shown that there are people from Toronto who are paying the double fare going into York region.”