A Mayoral Attack on Transit in Toronto?

A recently implemented 10-cent fare increase is just one sign of Mayor Rob Ford's attacks on public transit in Toronto, according to this editorial from the Toronto Star.

The Star writes that the mayor's first year in office has brought about major changes to the city's transportation outlook, with public transit taking hard hits.

"On taking office last December, Ford forthrightly declared his goal of making life easier for motorists, announcing: "The war on the car is over." Left unsaid - but made clear by subsequent events - was that a war on public transit had begun.

The 10-cent fare hike is part of the onslaught. Yes, there have been plenty of fare increases in the past, including under Ford's predecessor, David Miller. But Miller raised fares while expanding public transit and giving riders more for their money. The Ford administration is doing the opposite - burdening commuters with new costs while reducing Toronto Transit Commission service levels. Meanwhile car owners pocket an extra $60 a year thanks to Ford's elimination of the city's motor vehicle tax."

Thanks to Nate Berg

Full Story: Rob Ford's war on public transit

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