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Provide a better public transit service for a lower price.
  • Petitioning C Terin

This petition will be delivered to:

Chief Administrative Officer, Regional Municipality of York
C Terin
York Region Transit
Acting Commissioner of Transportation and Community Planning
Richard Leary

Provide a better public transit service for a lower price.

    1. Jesse Feld
    2. Petition by

      Jesse Feld

      York Regional Municipality, ON, Canada, Canada

Dear Bruce Macgregor Chief Administrative Officer, Richard Leary Acting Commissioner of Transportation and Community Planning, The Committee of the Whole, The Regional Municipality of York Region, The People of York Region and World,

Let's start off slowly the Bank of Canada expects the Canadian economy to grow by 1.8 percent in 2013. You plan to increase the cash price for a YRT Viva Fare to $4.00 and raise an adult presto ticket by 10%. Overall you are increasing rates by 7.86%. Mr. Macgregor and Mr. Leary, you are increasing your fares by more than 4 times the growth of the economy and as such you are passing that heavy burden onto your customers who cannot afford it.

You are assuming that despite this huge growth in fare prices when compared to inflation, that your customers will not stop using your services. Infact you have projected that despite such an excessive fare increase that your ridership would increase by one million riders next year. You have further projected that your fare hike will increase your net annual revenue by $3,622,457.  While having already increased your revenue by 11.8 million after raising fares 3 other times in the past five years.

Mr. Macgregor and Mr. Leary, this is simply wrong. 

YRT Viva fares are already higher than the rest of the GTA's transit services. An Adult cash payment in Mississauga, Oakville or Burlington is $3.25, in Durham it costs $3.10, in Toronto it is 3 dollars and in Hamilton it costs only $2.55. Next year the same bus fare in York Region will be 4 dollars.

Despite being an inferior good, which gets more customers when the economy is worse. And despite being a local monopoly which can charge whatever it wants since it has no true competition. You are a public service. Your service should be to provide the best public transit possible for as small of a price as possible. This is better for your customers who will use your service more often which in turn makes it more profitable for you.

To prove simple economics, Mississauga has a significantly smaller population when compared to York Region (York Region is about 1.4 times more populated than Missisauga). And although they have fewer vehicles compared to York Region, Mississauga has a much higher revenue ridership (Mississauga's is over 156% the size of York Region's). The revenue ridership is so much higher because of its lower fare.

Mr. Macgregor and Mr. Leary, the people of York Region will not stand for your nonsense. While increasing fares 4 times by up to 10% each time in the past 5 years, increasing fares 4 times faster than the growth of the economy, your 'public service' is to be taking in nearly 15.5 million more in net annual revenue over that time.

With such a high fare, your ridership and then revenue will not rise at the same rate as you expect and will not be as high as neighbouring regions with better service for lower prices. You are raising prices on the public, who you are expected to serve, when they cannot afford it. Although your big empty red lanes and shiny new blue buses may look pretty, you are paying for them by having a worse service for those they are there to serve.

Sources: tinyurl.com/nn4ou97 tinyurl.com/pkk9bv4

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. We have been featured in the York University Excalibur!

      Jesse Feld
      Petition Organizer

      An article by Victoria Alarcon in the Excalibur, York University's Newspaper features our petition!
      Find the article here: www.excal.on.ca/news/yrtincrease

      In the article, Ms. Ann Marie Carroll, YRT operations manager, explains that the rising cost of fuel is one of the reasons for the fare increase. But although day to day gas prices change, over the past year they have gone up by $0.01 or 0.077%. (Mr. Leary showed this here on figure 1: www.tinyurl.com/pevqfre ) They are not immune to this cost, but it is very minor and would not at all account for the 7.86% increase in fares.

      She also mentions our large population is more spread out compared to Toronto and Mississauga but she fails to mention that we are far less dense than Durham which has kept fares low. (586 vs. 241 ppl/km2) These are not the true reasons for the fare increase!

      Thank you all so much for signing the petition; please continue to share it with your friends also affected by this unreasonable fare increase!

    3. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 1 month ago

      This is outrageous. They are taking money from exactly the group of people that can't afford it. It's sad to think that some people can't afford to get around in their own city in the twenty first century. This isn't some third world country. Step up Canada.

    • Gino Marocco RICHMOND HILL, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      To get to Toronto and back from Richmond Hill costs 14 dollars... that is ridiculous.

      • 3 months ago

      The increase in fare has not been used for any positive change in the quality of YRT/VIVA services. As someone who has no other options and is in financial need, this is ridiculous, if I'm not seeing my money being used well.

      PRESTO, the new Highway 7 line, etc. The new implements in the services have been negative so far, in my opinion, and are not showing a bright future either.

    • Ashley Cheung MARKHAM, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      As an undergraduate student working a part time job to cover tuition and related expenses, the cost of yrt bus fares to travel to work take up half of my paycheck making it very tough to make ends meet.

      • 3 months ago

      I work in markham part time as i attend school downtown, the prices of travelling to work takes up half of my pay cheque just travelling on yrt alone


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