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On January 3 TTC fare prices increased once again, forcing Torontonians to shell out an extra nickel on the existing token price and $133.75 for an adult metropass, $5.25 more than the previous year.

This recent increase comes with no surprise. Since 1980, the city of Toronto has undergone 21 fare hikes.

However, the prices have reached a breaking point. There is a discrepancy in the relation of higher costs resulting in better services.

Problems of overcrowding and improving service are continuing to be important issues in the new year.

It is predicted that there will be 12 million more transit users in 2014. In numbers that translates to 528 millions transit users in 2013, to 540 million -a significant increase.

TTC CEO Andy Byford stated, “Customers are at the limit for what they are reasonably allowed to pay. It’s time for the city to step up.”

The TTC has asked the city of Toronto for increased subsidizing, which has been granted. However, it wasn’t as much as they hoped for. Last year the TTC received $411 million from the city, which will provide $428 million this year for an operating budget of $1.5 billion. For us TTC users, this means that we receive a subsidy of 79 cents per ride. Four years ago it was 93 cents.

As the least subsidized transit system in North America, the TTC is putting pressure on Ottawa to provide more funding. A “special task force” has been created to lobby the federal government for higher subsidies, announced Byford late last year.

For the thousands of UofT students that commute daily, their post-secondary student metropass will cost them an additional $24 per year. If that money is not bettering services, then where is it going? A question everyone asks, yet the answer is always unknown.

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