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What happened to Toronto’s transit system? Once world-renowned, it has been been deteriorating right before our eyes for the last two decades. This brief, informative video uses rare historical images to help explain the TTC’s great challenges today and how they can be and decisively and swiftly addressed. A better understanding of the vital role of transit in our common future and a willingness on the part of all involved to cooperate like never before are key to the solutions we all want, and most certainly need
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FULL REPORT CONTENTS

Introduction

The great challenges facing the TTC and why they must be addressed right now. Read more…

Let’s Do It Together

Bob Kinnear, ATU Local 113 President, pledges cooperation with political leaders and citizen groups to restore the TTC’s greatness. Read more…

Executive Summary

A concise overview of the key issues covered in this Report. Read more…

1. Our Success

Despite its problems, the TTC remains an urban transit success story; more popular than ever. This trend must be encouraged. It makes sense. Read more…

2. Budget Realities

Austerity has proven a misguided political solution to economic development challenges generally. In the case of transit, austerity is literally a ticket to nowhere. Read more…

3. More Service

Providing more service, more frequently, is the most effective inducement to convert to a transit-using lifestyle. Read more…

4. Service Quality

We can make the TTC faster and more convenient for riders right away, starting today, while we’re awaiting the promised big projects. Read more…

5. More Buses & Streetcars

Most TTC riders take at least one surface vehicle per trip. Here’s how to get more of them and also get more value from them, economically. Read more…

6. Riders Come First

So much more can be done, at reasonable cost, to improve the ease of using the TTC through better communication tools. Read more…

7. Attracting New Riders

Nine ideas for making the TTC a more attractive alternative to the private car. Some are free, the rest cost little. Read more…

8. State of Good Repair

Making the most of Toronto’s massive transit infrastructure through better asset management, skilled tradespeople and reliable funding for planning purposes. Read more…

9. Accessibility

It’s a deep Canadian value to pursue fairness in public life. Giving those less able full access to the city’s transit system is not only right, it’s the law. How we do it.Read more…

10. The TTC’s Future

Public debate about the “what and where” of new transit facilities will continue. But some decisions must be made, and soon. The ATU’s recommendations, based on our experience. Read more…