Public transit provides multiple benefits to people of all ages and abilities, residents and visitors. It should:
- take us where we need to go when we need to go there.
- ease congestion by moving people from their cars to transit.
- be or be perceived as less expensive or more convenient than taking the car.
The Unfair 2-Fair Wall impacts the real cost for people traveling to or from Vaughan, Markham or the other parts of York Region, adding up to $1,700 per year of extra costs. The extra costs come directly from the wallets of York Region commuters.
Moreover, the daily additional daily cost encourages the use of cars to drive south of Steeles to work or to park. This floods parking lots and adds costs even to the TTC.
In 2010, the YRT lowered the Steeles fare wall to $0 for 2 months, driving up to ridership by 60%. With the level of congestion across the entire GTHA, we cannot afford to wait to implement straightforward, tested solutions.
As Regional Councillor, I am committed to working with the YRT, the TTC, York Region and Toronto to:
- break down the Unfair 2-Fare Wall.
- recognize each other’s 2-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off offering. YRT has had this in place with Durham Transit and Brampton transit for years, enabling complete transit fare integration across the 905.
- Reduce transfer times between YRT and TTC buses.
Paying almost $1,700 per year to pass though the Unfair 2-Fare Wall is too expensive for our students, seniors and commuters.
Fred Winegust is committed to helping Vaughan increase transit use, reduce congestion, shorten commute times, and put more time in your hands to spend with your family and friends.
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