Laura Albanese took the gloves off yesterday and released a letter asking for a “fair fare” for the UP Express. While she had asked for smart pricing of the train in August, this letter comes before the December 11 meeting of Metrolinx, where the fares are likely to be announced.
The letter is pretty scathing. She says “Metrolinx has not engaged in any meaningful and transparent consultation with the public” and that it should consult on “something so important as a fare that affects hundreds of thousands of transit users”. The train, she says, was once designed “exclusively for airport customers with no apparent concern for the communities surrounding it.”
Albanese is in favour of using the UP Express as public transit. She notes that the CEO of Metrolinx has said that there will now be six stops on the line: Union, Bloor, Eglinton, Weston, Woodbine, and Pearson. $30 fares would take the public out of the transit.
The fares should be priced differently for students, seniors, and those not travelling the full distance, she says, and,
To reiterate, the fare should reflect the fact that the UP Express is a publicly owned service, built and paid for with public tax dollars.
She closes with “Now is the time to seize the potential of the UP Express to serve multiple transit demands and the greater good.”
The letter is worth reading in its entirety if you have the time.