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Letter to public transit riders regarding proposed service reductions (Cllr Matlow is handing out to riders)

Dear public transit riders,

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has proposed service reductions to 48 bus routes across the city that they have determined are underutilized. The following bus routes that travel through a significant portion of Ward 22 include:

  • 5 AVENUE RD - No service after 7:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. No service on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays
  • 14 GLENCAIRN - No service after 10:00 p.m., every day
  • 33 FOREST HILL - No service after 7:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. No service Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays
  • 74 MT PLEASANT - No service after 7:00 p.m., every day

As a City Councillor I recognize the importance of being responsible with your tax dollars. However, the TTC is a public service. These local bus routes are the only transportation option for many seniors, students and workers in Ward 22. Many residents in our community, and across the city, rely on public transit to go grocery shopping, travel home from work, visit family or attend religious services on the weekend. Also, I am concerned about the safety of individuals, including seniors and women, traveling after dark that cannot afford a taxi and are left with long walks to their home without the threatened bus routes.

As your advocate, I will work to find solutions to this year's budget challenges that retain services Torontonians rely on.

Please feel welcome to contact my office if you have any comments or questions.

Sincerely,

 

Josh Matlow

Toronto City Councillor

Ward 22 - St. Paul's

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