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Take Action - Tell Council: Toronto needs Transit!

January 2011

Toronto's transit is under threat, and we need you to take action! Tell the Mayor and Councillors that you support the Transit City light rail network and that you don't support cuts to service.

  • 1. Send an Email to City Councillors and Mayor Ford. 
  • 2. Ask 5 friends to send an email today.
  • 3. Share this message with your networks.

We need fast, reliable transit across the city now 

Toronto needs more transit, not cuts to bus service. Cuts to late night service hurts late shift workers, students, late night businesses, and the ability of all Torontonians to choose public transit over cars. We also need more frequent, comfortable, and faster service throughout the City as is provided by the Transit City light rail plan.

Transit was being built. But Mayor Ford ordered the TTC to stop the work underway to bring Light Rail Transit  to Sheppard, Eglinton and Finch.  Mayor Ford has stopped transit expansion and in the process has wasted close to $130 million already spent on Transit City. Taxpayers may now be on the hook for signed contracts worth more than $1 billion, including the purchasing of vehicles and tunnel boring machines for rapid transit under Eglinton Ave.

Tell the Mayor and Councillors that you support the Transit City light rail network and that you don't support cuts to service.

Click here to send an email now: http://emailthem.ca/transitcity/ 


Your action matters!

In recent weeks, thousands of Torontonians have called, written and emailed their Councillors about transit, and it's having an impact!

Fare increase cancelled! Delay on decision to cut bus service!

  • On Monday January 10th, the proposed 2011 budget was released, announcing a TTC fare increase and cuts to service along 48 different bus routes. Immediately, TEA mobilized our members, and we were successful!
  • TEA and others, including TTCriders, acted fast (view our press release here). Within a day, Ford and TTC Chair Karen Stintz stopped the fare increase.
  • We also called our members and ally organizations to get people to speak out against the cuts at the TTC meeting on Wednesday January 12th. The TTC wanted to decide on bus service cuts at that meeting, but because of the groundswell of public outcry they delayed their decision to the TTC meeting on February 2nd.
  • The TTC is now planning public consultation meetings to find out what the public thinks of the cuts to bus service.  

Success! Eglinton Light Rail line may be saved!

  • Over just a few weeks in December and January, close to 10,000 Torontonians took action to save the Transit City plan. Thousands of emails were sent and phone calls made to the Mayor’s office and Councillors in support of the Transit City light rail plan.
  • Because of the groundswell of public support for Transit City, Ford’s team is considering going ahead with the Eglinton crosstown – one of the 8 Transit City lines.
  • This is great news - and we need to keep the pressure on the Mayor and our Council to build transit that serves the whole city.