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A 'free' ride on the TTC?
If David Soknacki is elected mayor, that could happen...
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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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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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