Comment 14161

By Brendan (registered) | Posted November 17, 2007 at 13:55:24

I'm not opposed to this. Every year money is worth about 2% less due to inflation. So in real dollars, transit users -have- been getting reduced fees. A regular fee increase doesn't sound so bad when you consider the alternative - spending more and more of transit's tax share on regular expenses, and less and less on service improvements. For example, a huge chunk of the province's gas tax money, which was supposed to fund service expansion, is now budgeted in perpetuity to cover the shortfall from -not- increasing fares in 2006.

At some point, we have to make a decision. Do we want to run a low-cost transit system which everyone can take, but no one wants to because the service sucks, or do we want to spend a little more (Toronto fares are 50c higher than ours) so that we can run a system good enough to convince people out of their cars?

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