The Toronto Transit Commission’s board approved the 2020 operating and capital budget, which protects recent service improvements while adding 128,000 hours of new service, funds a new anti-racism strategy, and boosts revenue protection measures.
Service enhancements include hiring 121 operators to increase service on 25 surface routes across the city, new anti-racism training, improvements in the Wheel-Trans call center to reduce wait times and 50 new staff to reduce fare evasion.
Services protected in the budget include the two-hour hop-on, hop-off transfer and kids ride free programs and more subway, bus, and streetcar service.
In developing the $2.14 billion operating budget for conventional and Wheel-Trans services, the TTC found $31.6 million in efficiencies and offsets without impacting service. The budget calls for an additional $27 million subsidy from the City of Toronto and another $26.4 million in revenue protection and cost recovery. A 10 cent per ride increase on all fares except adult cash, which remains at $3.25, raises another $31.4 million. The fare increase comes into effect on March 1.
The board also approved the TTC’s $7.4 billion 2020-2029 capital budget that invests in longer term projects to reduce crowding, keep the system in a state of good repair, improve accessibility, and increase capacity at the busy Bloor-Yonge corridor.
While the TTC has authority on matters related to fare policy, the budgets still go to full City Council for final approval.