Councillor Josh Matlow

No extra fare for strollers on TTC: Transit boss Andy Byford

Jan 22 2013


Toronto Sun

Don Peat


TTC officials slammed the brakes Tuesday on the notion of charging riders for bringing a stroller on to a transit vehicle.


“There is no question whatsoever of considering a charge for strollers,” TTC CEO Andy Byford told the Sun. “I’m not going to go there. That is not on my agenda at all. I think that would be wrong.”


Byford’s comments come a day after TTC commissioners ordered transit officials to review the policy around strollers on the system following a complaint from a rider who suggested they consider slapping an extra charge on riders with baby buggies.


Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong — a former TTC commissioner — said it was “mean to look at mothers and babies that way.


“They’re treating them that they’re not welcome and I think that’s mean,” he added. Minnan-Wong said no one travels on the TTC with a child because they want to.


“You’re doing it because you have to and we should be helping mothers with babies; we shouldn’t be charging extra for them or hassling them,” he said.


TTC chair Karen Stintz took to her Twitter account Tuesday morning to stress she’s not in favour of charging riders extra to bring strollers on a bus, streetcar or subway.


Councillor Josh Matlow — a new parent himself — said the report shouldn’t have been requested in the first place.


“This isn’t actually a problem,” Matlow said. “Most parents do everything they can to avoid rush hour when they have a stroller.”


But Matlow said sometimes parents don’t have a choice when it comes to when they need to take strollers on the TTC.


Byford said the TTC currently doesn’t have a set policy around strollers so a review may be helpful.


Other transit systems have limits on the number of strollers that can be in a vehicle at one time, but Byford doubted the TTC would look at setting a “hard and fast rule” around the devices.


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