Further facts of fare slashing

Twitterers and the community had a few thoughts on the changes that might come to Weston as a result of the new, lowered UPX fares.

Paul Ferreira pointed out that there is little reason to keep the GO stop here if the UPX costs the same and runs much more frequently. Surely few people get off the train here in the morning. The UPX, which runs 19 hours a day could entirely replace it.

I worried that Metrolinx would pull a bait-and-switch and raise fares again. But Bruce McCuaig, the CEO of Metrolinx, took to Metro Morning today to talk about the fares and ridership.

Unsurprisingly, the service will not cover its costs—in fact, he said that making money will be “pushed out in the future. But there are no plans to get us hooked and raise the fare again if ridership increases; prices will be reviewed only once a year.

Finally, the new prices will take effect March 9.

Several questions remain:

  • How will the service be integrated into the TTC? It would be lovely if we could transfer at low cost to the subway.
  • When and how will it connect to the Eglinton LRT in Mount Dennis? It seems impossible that it wouldn’t.
  • Will more stops, in Mount Dennis and Liberty Village perhaps, be built?
  • I think it will be great for commuters out; could it draw commuters in? Will people from elsewhere come work in Weston? Perhaps the low commercial rents and densities could generate a renaissance.

 

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

2 thoughts on “Further facts of fare slashing”

  1. Edward Keenan’s assessment: “thundering incompetence” (‘Let’s celebrate a UP Express train that’s affordable for everyone,’ STAR 24/02/2016) may err only in its understatement as a description of actions taken by the Metrolinx board of directors (led by Professor Robert Pritchard) when it comes to pricing the cost of a ticket to ride the Union-Pearson Express train. For almost a decade these high priced executives spent hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars producing pricey glossy advertising brochures trying to convince a skeptical public that $27.50 cents a shot (one-way!) was a good deal.

    Having a second look at the ticket price and saying ‘you’re sorry but you just didn’t realize’, isn’t good enough. The public has spoken out again and again that they felt the original business model that had the airport express being run by a private company (SNC-Lavalin at the time of its inception) was a bad idea. Progressive urbanists demanded that this important new piece of mass transit infrastructure should be situated firmly within the realm of public transit. This was the groundswell in public opinion that created Metrolinx in the first place. 

    It is high time that Pritchard and his politically appointed cohorts at Metrolinx resign and that a new board structure be put in place that seats elected representatives at the table as well as reps from the TTC and GO. Certainly the mayor of Toronto should sit on the board (ex-officio) as should at least two members of Toronto city council (I hope Josh Matlow puts up his hand). For those of us who have followed this sordid tale from the git-go, this might afford some kind of reckoning and allow a fresh beginning. 

    Robin Breon
    Weston

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