To The Legislative Assembly of Ontario:
WHEREAS The former Conservative provincial government reneged on an agreement to fund up to 50 percent of the TTC’s net annual operating budget.
WHEREAS In 2016, the Toronto Transit Commission set an all-time record of 538.1 million rides, and TTC ridership has increased each year for the last 13 years without the assistance, from the province, that would now account for $345 million in operating funding.
WHEREAS The TTC receives the smallest government support per ride of all major North American transit systems - just $1 a ride, far less than the North American average of $2.60 a ride.
WHEREAS The Province needs to contribute their fair share of the cost of Relief Line so we can get moving on construction.
Therefore, we the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to immediately act to restore the TTC’s net operating cost subsidies up to $345 million annually and to make the funds available for construction of the Relief Line.