The City of Toronto is looking at ways to make public transit more affordable for people with low incomes and are currently conducting a survey. Community animators with lived experience of poverty will carry out the survey in various locations across the city. The survey is also available online in English, French, Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Traditional), Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tamil (Sri Lankan), Tagalog, and Urdu. Here’s some background on the Toronto Transit Fare Equity:
On June 17, 2014, Executive Committee approved Toward a Policy Framework for Toronto Transit Fare Equity, directing City staff to develop a policy framework for transit fare equity in Toronto. The report points out that equitable access to public transit has two core dimensions: service availability and service affordability. As the City advances transit expansion plans to improve availability, the report contends, it should also develop a strategy to increase affordability.
Echoing this analysis, TO Prosperity: Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy, approved by City Council on November 3, 2015, has two recommendations for transit equity: “Make transit more affordable for low-income residents” and “Improve transit services in the inner suburbs.” For many of the hundreds of residents who participated in the development of TO Prosperity, unaffordable public transit limits access to employment, public services, and a range of health-enhancing activities, such as recreation.