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York Region Transit cutbacks leaves woman in the dark and cold

Ruth is a hospital administrative support worker in her 60s who has ridden transit for over 20 years and throughout the entire pandemic. She is a Glen Shields resident in Concord who depends on York Region Transit (YRT) for her 90 minute commute to and from her job. But, cutbacks to YRT have left her […]

Letter to Kinga Surma – July 22, 2020 – Re: Funding for Toronto transit projects

A Voice for Transit350 Victoria StreetToronto, ON M5B 2K3 July 22, 2020 RE: Funding for Toronto transit projects Dear Associate Minister Kinga Surma, MPP, In May 2020, we published our Transit Inequity in Toronto report, which calls for improvedtransit governance and transit service. A key recommendation was for greater transit accessfor individuals who need it […]

Response Letter – Metrolinx Board Meeting June 25, 2020

Office of the Chair Donald Wright Donald.Wright@metrolinx.com  July 20, 2020  A Voice for Transit Team A Voice for Transit 350 Victoria St. Toronto, ON M5B 2K3  Dear Faizan Ahmed, Ozora Amin, Sherwin Lau, Devan Moura, and Jean-François Obregón,  RE: June 25, 2020 Board of Directors Meeting Feedback  Thank you for writing. As the Chair of […]

Letter for Metrolinx Board Meeting – June 25, 2020

Metrolinx Board meetings are not open to the public; however, community members are allowed to send in letters regarding agenda topics. This is the letter we sent to Metrolinx for the June 25, 2020 Board meeting. June 24, 2020 RE: PRESTO Report, Item 11 – Customer Safety, Service Planning & Recovery, Capital Projects Group Quarterly […]

TTC Deputation – June 17, 2020

On June 17, 2020 we spoke at the Toronto Transit Commission’s Board Meeting to represent your needs. Here is what we said. Thank you for the opportunity to speak at this meeting. I am representing A Voice for Transit, a student-led transit advocacy group at Ryerson University. We have suggestions and concerns regarding Item 4 […]

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A Tale of Two Cities: Transit Hygiene and Operations in Hong Kong and Toronto

For many Torontonians who have visited or even grew up in Hong Kong, public transit is a fantastic conversation starter. A very standard characteristic difference is the sterile looking matte finished aluminum seats compared to Toronto’s red corduroy-like upholstery. After a winter’s boisterous flu season and a summer’s hot car experience, the red fades into […]

Transit Inequity in Toronto Report

How can a transit system be an enabler of social mobility? We asked ourselves this question in conducting a system mapping exercise to identify the pain points in Toronto’s transit systems: GO and TTC. We zeroed in on transit equity, defined through either horizontal or vertical systems. Horizontal equity addresses challenges by maximizing the average […]

Cutting TTC service as quarantine restrictions end – not the answer.

As of May 10th, the TTC has made historic changes to service – reducing train and streetcar services to essentially half the service, suspending express routes and not differentiating between peak and non-peak periods of travel. Many commuters have been either laid off or are working from home as emergency orders have been implemented as […]

Leveraging technology for public transit post Covid-19?

As quarantine measures are lifted, concerns regarding overcrowding and reduced service on public transit are fast As quarantine measures are lifted, concerns regarding overcrowding and reduced service on public transit are fast growing. Technology offers opportunities to make transit safer, reliable, and efficient considering these challenges. Check-in As many people are working from home or […]


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