YRT/VIVA has increased 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. York Region: Provide a better public transit service for a lower price.
We have been featured in the York University Excalibur!
Oct 10, 2013 — 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!