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A 'free' ride on the TTC?

If David Soknacki is elected mayor, that could happen...

A free ride on the TTC?

That could happen if one mayoral candidate wins in the October municipal election.

David Soknacki has pitched the idea as a way to help ease congestion on public transit, especially during the morning rush.

He says they would lean on taxpayers to fund the free rides on buses, streetcars and subways, but only between 6 and 7 o'clock in the morning.

But Soknacki admitted they still have some work to do on the plan, like finding out how much exactly, it's going to cost.

"We've just got the figures out from a poll that shows between a quarter and a third of commuters are open to switching their commuting patterns." said Soknacki.

"We're running those subway trains. We're running those streetcars and buses anyway almost empty."

An earlier idea from Soknacki proposed banning on street parking in the downtown core, to help ease congestion, allowing transit to flow freely and allow more room for cyclists on the roads.

"Transit isn’t free," Soknacki said, "but running half-empty trains through empty subway stations at 6:15am isn’t free either. While we’re building new transit lines, incentive pricing may actually be a cheaper way to deliver instant relief than the alternatives."

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  1. David Who? posted on 07/18/2014 05:51 PM
    OR, and this is a radical idea, we start firing people from the TTC who are not earning their pay. For example, everyone in a fare collection booth. As long as we have token machines, Metropass vendors, and automated turnstiles, there is no reason to pay someone to sit in that stupid booth.
    1. tanjo posted on 07/18/2014 08:55 PM
      @David Who? The person that sits in the stupid booth is always busy answer passenger questions whenever I go by.

      And what does this have to do with the article? "Fire the lazy union workers" is not the answer to everything.
    2. dama posted on 07/21/2014 11:50 AM
      @David Who? and you think it is easy to fire a unionised member ???

      First off, you need to provide verbal warnings, then written warnings,, then arbitration if it is without just cause..

      and only if everyone is honest and use the honour system to pay their token, swipe their metropass and then some..

      Everyone deserves a job be it sitting in a booth, it is still a requirement .... banks should fire all tellers?
  2. ernie posted on 07/18/2014 07:14 PM
    Interesting ides..but, Suppose everyone packed the trains for free a 6 am leaving the trains empty at 7:30 am... Then what?

    Maybe the answer is going back to the collective agreements and allow for 2 hour shifts instead of 8.....
    1. tanjo posted on 07/18/2014 08:49 PM
      @ernie Not everyone is going to get up to get to the subway at 6 am to save $3.50. I will pay the$3.50 for the less congested ride at 7:30.
  3. Rob Ford does posted on 07/18/2014 10:15 PM
    Rob Ford does not tell the truth.
  4. walter posted on 07/19/2014 07:56 AM
    Reduced fairs in the morning make more sense than completely free.

    The thing this highlights is how incompetent Metrolinx is - they have been working on Presto since 2007 and it is still at least a few years away.
  5. don was right posted on 07/19/2014 04:00 PM
    This woudl be a great idea if the ATU unionized drivers woudl also work for free. And the wind electric generating companies provided power for free. Fat chance.
    1. A Critical Look posted on 07/21/2014 12:09 PM
      @don was right Ho hum ...

      Another deep thought from the pablum intellect of "done was right".

      Your depth of analysis is surpassed only by your willingness to embarrass yourself in print.
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