Toronto's Budget-Cutting Targets Transit

Consultants hired by the City of Toronto are recommending dramatic cuts to public transit, including contracting out some routes and eliminating a late-night bus service popular with shift workers.

The spending review conducted by the consulting firm KPMG recommended a host of cost-cutting measures, several of which would affect public transit services. Key among these is the proposed cancellation of the popular "Blue Night Network" bus service. However, such a move is likely to be unpopular, according to the Globe and Mail:

"Ending the TTC's 'Blue Night Network' bus service that kicks in during the wee hours when subway lines stop, is likely to provoke outrage from the public. As well as revellers and other nighthawks, the all-night routes are a mainstay for shift workers in marginal jobs who cannot afford cars or cab fare. 'That service is really there for the most vulnerable,' the source explained.

Earlier this year, TTC commissioners learned firsthand what a hot political potato cutting bus service can be. As part of this year's budget review, late-night and weekend service cuts were proposed on 48 little-used routes. Faced with public outcry, commissioners settled on a compromise that rolled back the planned service reductions."

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