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TTC proposes increasing fares, decreasing service



TTC staff will recommend a balanced 2011 operating budget for its conventional transit service at a special meeting of the Toronto Transit Commission this Wednesday, January 12. Staff will also present the 2011 Wheel-Trans operating budget and the 2011-2015 capital budget and 10-year forecast.

(The “operating budget” refers to the funds that the TTC needs to provide its services to the public, including such items as fueling vehicles and paying staff. The “capital budget” refers to the funds that the TTC needs to buy or build equipment and infrastructure. This might include items such as buying new buses, streetcars and subway cars, building new transit lines or garages and other similar expenses.)

This post describes what staff are recommending. The Commission may decide to approve all or some of these recommendations, modify them or reject them during its meeting. It meets on Wednesday at 9 a.m. in Committee Room 2, Second Floor, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.


Operating budget — conventional transit service


To balance the budget, staff recommend increasing fares by ten cents, decreasing some late-evening and weekend service and reallocating the resources — drivers and vehicles — it currently uses to provide that late-evening and weekend service to increase rush hour service. They’ll also make other changes, such as improving customer service.

Staff have proposed an operating budget for 2011 of $1.4 billion. This figure is up $66 million from 2010. Since the number of passengers riding the TTC increases each year, they also are planning for an all-time record high of 483 million rides. At the end of 2010 the TTC provided its passengers with 477 million rides — 21 million more rides than the 462 million rides that staff originally expected. For 2011, the TTC is not asking the City of Toronto to increase its funding or “subsidy” to operate its conventional transit system. By increasing fares and reallocating resources, the TTC will operate at the same funding level as it did in 2010.

Increasing fares

TTC staff recommend increasing fares by 10 cents on Monday, January 30. Staff say that increasing the fares will help the TTC maintain service levels during Mondays to Fridays from about 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., yet also support the growing numbers of riders. Each ride costs the TTC $3, on average. The TTC receives, on average, just under $2 in fare revenue per trip. The TTC proposes increasing the cost of tokens, tickets and passes. It is not increasing the cost of cash fares for adults, seniors and children.

Decreasing late-evening and weekend services

Starting Sunday, March 27, staff propose reallocating some weekend and late-evening service on routes where the number of passengers riding buses is extremely low. The TTC would reassign the resources for this service to make sure that it can maintain service Mondays to Fridays during rush hours and midday to serve the increasing numbers of passengers riding TTC vehicles during those times. This will save about $7 million in 2011. The TTC will improve rush-hour and midday service in September after staff can analyze which routes most need that extra service.

Other expenses

Staff will detail proposals for other TTC expenses for 2011 during the January 12 meeting of the Commission. They include customer-service initiatives, such as hiring a chief customer service officer, more station managers and more route supervisors and improving station cleanliness. Other expenses result from providing more training to staff and increasing costs to buy energy and to maintaining vehicles and garages.


Wheel-Trans — operating budget


The vehicles that provide the TTC’s paratransit — or accessible transit — service made 2.7 million trips in 2010 with a budget of about $88 million and subsidy of $82.7 million from the City. As demand for this service grows, the TTC is forecasting Wheel-Trans’ 2011 budget at $97.3 million and is asking the City for a subsidy of $91 million.

Wheel-Trans staff forecast nearly 3 million trips for 2011 with a workforce of 531 and a fleet of 198 new buses. While customers pay a regular TTC fare when using Wheel-Trans services, actual costs are, on average, $33 per trip.


2011 - 2015 capital budget and ten-year forecast


The TTC needs almost $8 billion over the next 10 years for its capital budget. Staff will present details of capital budget proposals during the January 12 meeting.

In recent years the Toronto Transit Commission and City Council approved funding that will see the TTC spend $900 million in 2011 on ongoing state-of-good-repair programs, replacing and renewing the bus fleet, increaisng accessibility and modernizing Pape and Dufferin subway stations.

Without more long-term funding, the TTC faces a $2.3 billion capital budget shortfall over the next 10 years, starting in 2012. TTC and City staff must work with the provincial and federal governments to gain more funding from those governments to meet its capital budget needs.


Fares


The TTC proposes increasing fares in these categories, starting January 30, 2011. (All other fares — including cash fares — remain the same as in 2010.)

Adults (Passengers older than 19 and younger than 65).

Token: $2.60 each (instead of $2.50).

Weekly pass: $37.25 each (instead of $36)

Regular Metropass: $126 each (instead of $121)


Seniors (Passengers 65 years of age or older)
Students (Passengers 13 to 19 years of age, attending secondary school)

Ticket: $1.75 each (instead of $1.65)

Weekly pass: $29.75 (instead of $28)

Regular Metropass: $104 (instead of $99)


Other fare increases

Day pass: $10.50 (instead of $10)

GTA pass (TTC portion): $29 (instead of $28)

Post-secondary student pass: $104 (instead of $99)


Decreasing service on routes with fewer passengers


TTC staff propose decreasing service along these routes at certain times of the week: 5 Avenue Rd; 6 Bay; 8 Broadview; 9 Bellamy; 14 Glencairn; 15 Evans; 20 Cliffside; 26 Dupont; 30 Lambton; 32 Eglinton West; 33 Forest Hill; 42 Cummer; 43 Kennedy; 48 Rathburn; 51 Leslie; 55 Warren Park; 56 Leaside; 59 Maple Leaf; 60 Steeles West; 61 Avenue Rd North; 62 Mortimer; 72 Pape; 73 Royal York; 74 Mt Pleasant; 76 Royal York South; 78 St Andrews; 80 Queensway; 86 Scarborough; 94 Wellesley; 96 Wilson; 98 Willowdale - Senlac; 101 Parc Downsview Park; 103 Mt Pleasant North; 105 Dufferin North; 110 Islington South; 112 West Mall; 115 Silver Hills; 116 Morningside; 120 Calvington; 122 Graydon Hall; 124 Sunnybrook; 127 Davenport; 130 Middlefield; 132 Milner; 135 Gerrard; 162 Lawrence - Donway; 167 Pharmacy North; 169 Huntingwood.


5 Avenue Rd

No service Mondays to Fridays after 7 p.m. No service Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

61 Avenue Rd North

No service Sundays and holidays after 10 p.m.

6 Bay

No service after 10 p.m. seven days a week.

9 Bellamy

No service after 10 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. No service after 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

8 Broadview

No service after 10 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

120 Calvington

No service after 10 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays. No service Sundays and holidays.

20 Cliffside

No service after 10 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

42 Cummer

No service east of Kennedy Road after 10 p.m. Mondays to Fridays or all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

127 Davenport
105 Dufferin North

No service after 10 p.m. Sundays and holidays.

26 Dupont

No service after 10 p.m. seven days a week.

32 Eglinton West

No service along the 32D branch between Emmet Avenue and Eglinton West Station after 10 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and after 7 p.m. Sundays and holidays.

No service west of Renforth Drive along the 32A branch Saturdays.

15 Evans

No service after 10 p.m. Sundays and holidays.

33 Forest Hill

No service after 7 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. No service Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

135 Gerrard

No service after 10 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays. No service after 7 p.m. Sundays and holidays.

14 Glencairn
122 Graydon Hall

No service after 10 p.m. seven days a week.

169 Huntingwood

No service after 10 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. No service after 7 p.m. Saturdays. No service Sundays and holidays.

110 Islington South

No service along Horner Avenue and Brown’s Line to Long Branch Loop (110A branch) after 10 p.m. Sundays and holidays.

43 Kennedy

No service along Progress Avenue to Scarborough Centre Station (43B branch) after 7 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and all day Sundays and holidays.

30 Lambton

No service after 10 p.m. seven days a week.

162 Lawrence - Donway

No service from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. No service Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. (Buses operate Mondays to Fridays only during rush hours.)

56 Leaside

No service after 10 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. No service after 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Buses operate along the 56B branch to Brentcliffe Road only Sundays and holidays before 7 p.m. (Buses do not operate along Eglinton Avenue East west of Laird Drive to Eglinton Station Sundays and holidays.)

51 Leslie

No service after 10 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays. No service after 7 p.m. Sundays and holidays.

59 Maple Leaf

No service after 10 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. No service after 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

130 Middlefield

No service after 10 p.m. seven days a week.

132 Milner

No service after 10 p.m. Sundays and holidays.

116 Morningside

No express service to the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Campus and local service to Conlins Road (116A and 116E branches) after 10 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

62 Mortimer

No service after 10 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

74 Mt Pleasant

No service after 10 p.m. seven days a week.

103 Mt Pleasant North

No service after 10 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

72 Pape

No service along Commissioners Street and The Esplanade to Union Station (72A branch) after 10 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and after 7 p.m. Sundays and holidays from September until May only. (The TTC operates full service — including the 72B branch to Cherry Beach — from May until September.)

101 Parc Downsview Park

No service from May until September.

167 Pharmacy North

No service from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. No service Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. (Buses operate Mondays to Fridays only during rush hours.)

80 Queensway

No service along Parkside Drive to Keele Station Mondays to Fridays from about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m. and all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Buses operate along Parkside Drive to Keele Station Mondays to Fridays only during rush hours and operate only as far east as Humber Loop at other times of the week.

No service after 10 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

48 Rathburn

No service after 10 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

73 Royal York

No service along the 73B branch to LaRose Avenue after 7 p.m. seven days a week.

76 Royal York South

No service along the 76B branch to The Queensway and Grand Avenue after 10 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

78 St Andrews

No service after 10 p.m. Sundays and holidays.

86 Scarborough

No service along Lawrence Avenue East to Beechgrove Drive (86D branch) from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m. Mondays to Fridays or all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. (Buses operate along the 86D branch Mondays to Fridays only during rush hours.)

115 Silver Hills

No service from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m. Mondays to Fridays or all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. (Buses operate Mondays to Fridays only during rush hours.)

60 Steeles West

No service west of Martin Grove Road from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m. Mondays to Fridays or all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. (Buses operate west of Martin Grove to Highway 27 Mondays to Fridays only during rush hours.)

124 Sunnybrook
55 Warren Park

No service after 10 p.m. Sundays and holidays.

94 Wellesley

No service west of Wellesley Station after 10 p.m. Sundays and holidays.

112 West Mall

No service along the 112C branch to Disco Road after 10 p.m. Saturdays or after 7 p.m. Sundays and holidays.

98 Willowdale - Senlac

No service after 10 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays. No service after 7 p.m. Sundays and holidays.

No service east of Sheppard Avenue East along Willowdale Avenue all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

96 Wilson

No service along the 96C and 96F branches to Tandridge Crescent and Thistledown Boulevard Mondays to Fridays from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m. and all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. (Buses operate along the 96C branch Mondays to Fridays only during rush hours.)