TTC Meeting to Discuss Proposed Cuts

On Wednesday, February 2, 2011, the TTC will be holding a meeting to determine whether or not they will proceed with their proposed service cuts.

As previously reported on WestonWeb, some of the 59 Maple Leaf Bus Route services are in jeopardy. It has been proposed that service after 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and after 7:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays be cut.

If you rely on these services or you do not agree with these cuts and you would like to voice your concern, Councilor Nunziata is encouraging you to attend the meeting. This meeting is open to the public and residents are allowed to speak. The meeting takes place at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. West, in Committee Room 2. Please notify Councillor Nunziata’s office if you plan to attend so that she can have your name added to the list of speakers. Councillor Nunziata can be reached at (416) 392-4091 or councillor_nunziata@toronto.ca.

In addition, Councillor Nunziata is also encouraging residents who are not able to attend the meeting but would like to voice their concerns to do so. Comments can be sent to the TTC Secretariat at gso@ttc.ca and to the Chair and Vice-Chair of the TTC:

Comissioner Karen Stintz
Chair, TTC Board
100 Queen St. W., Suite B32
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
councillor_stintz@toronto.ca

Comissioner Peter Milczyn
Vice-Chair, TTC Board
100 Queen St. W., Suite B32
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
councillor_milczyn@toronto.ca

2 thoughts on “TTC Meeting to Discuss Proposed Cuts”

  1. every time bus routes risk getting reduced or are reduced in service, quite a few folk loose faith in the TTC as an alternative to the car. what good is giving up your car, if any day, someone comes along and takes away bus service when you need it?

    when increased service is introduced on such a route as the 59, it takes a while for people along the route to change their commuting habits. a while after increased service in implemented, some develop confidence in the system and leave their cars at home or get rid of them altogether. every time you cut back at routes to save some chump change, it creates uncertainty. a bus route that feeds a hospital certainly shouldn’t have reduced service. after hearing such news, i wonder how many hospital employees are now glad they didn’t give up their cars? and i wonder how many didn’t give up their cars because they knew something like this would happen some day?

    why are we reducing public transport in a recession? to stimulate the economy by forcing poor people to buy cars they can’t afford? isn’t that partly what caused this economic mess in the first place?

  2. Anon, as usual, you raise excellent points. I didn’t know that the 59 recently got increased service. It’s amazing that they would think of curtailing it.

    Also, there are social justice issues. Public transport isn’t a business: if it were, a business person would already have done it! The government doesn’t need to run hamburger stands or department stores. It does need to help get low income people to the hospital.

    I’m skeptical of those who think of the government through the grid of a spreadsheet. Business and government are complimentary, not identical.

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