Changes for the TTC in the New Year

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Before I outline some of the changes that will be occurring in January 2017, let me first thank the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) for their amazing continued service. In fact, the TTC is offering FREE service in New Year’s Eve, between 7 p.m. on December 31st and 7 a.m. on January 1st.

“New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest nights for the TTC with more than a quarter million people traveling with us,” said TTC Chair Josh Colle in a press release. “We are pleased to partner with Corby for the fourth year in a row to ensure that our customers can ride for free and get home safe on the TTC as they celebrate the New Year.”

Corby Spirit and Wine is set to sponsor the free service for the next two New Year’s Eves.

After January 1st, service will return to normal, but with a bit of a twist. In November, the TTC Board voted to increase the cost of a token and an adult PRESTO fare by 10 cents. Adult Metropasses will increase by $4.75. Senior/Student fares will also increase by 10 cents.

The TTC Board did vote to freeze cash fares and continue to allow children under 12 to ride for free.

Finally, Wheel-trans came out with some big news this week. They will now be accepting applications “from persons with cognitive, sensory and mental health disabilities in addition to physical disabilities.” The TTC will also be adding a “conditional” eligibility for customers who experience barriers periodically, and at other times may be physically and mentally able to use regular transportation at other intervals.

TTC staff have been working tirelessly trying to balance a budget while still maintaining superior service — and it looks like they have struck a good balance.The Transit Alliance looks forward to more announcements of new service as 2017 progresses!

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