TTC Budget Balanced on the Backs of Vulnerable Students : Councillors join Student Unions to fight against unfair fare increases
Toronto – Councillor Josh Matlow was joined by Student Union leaders from Toronto’s post-secondary institutions today to fight against unfair Metropass increases ahead of the first 2020 Budget Committee meeting.
“Toronto should be encouraging students to take public transit, not making it unaffordable just to attend classes,” said Matlow. “It’s unfair and wrong that students, who can least afford it, are being asked to pay more to ride transit in proportion to anyone else in our city.”
At $122.45, a student Metropass in Toronto is already too expensive for young people struggling with high rents, tuition, and declining OSAP. The 2020 budget raises the price of a monthly transit pass for students by $5.70 – an above-inflation increase higher than any other fare category.
“The cost of TTC fares on a student’s monthly budget can be prohibitively expensive. Given cuts to OSAP and increased rental costs, a single fare can consume a significant portion of a student’s remaining budget. We must take the smallest of steps to increase the quality of life for our future and reverse this hike”
A fare increase that disproportionately affects one of Toronto’s most financially vulnerable groups is poor public policy, and plainly unjust. In comparison, a monthly student transit pass in Montreal is $52, while in Vancouver it costs $56.