TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - The union that represents nearly 10,000
Toronto Transit Commission workers has taken the City Manager to task
for recommending more crowding on TTC vehicles, penalizing people who
work nights and rely on the TTC, and reducing access to Wheel-Trans for
"This is a war on commuters, low-wage workers, the disabled and the
environment," said Bob Kinnear, President of Amalgamated Transit Union
The City Manager's report released this morning calls for rolling back
prior TTC service improvements, including "changes to the crowding
standard." The report also calls for consideration of reducing or
eliminating the Blue Night Network or making it a "premium service" by
"At a time when pollution levels are at record highs and Toronto's road
congestion is the worst in North America, recommendations to reduce TTC
services are delusional," Kinnear said.
"What this report says is: 'Let's punish low wage night shift workers
who cannot afford cars and let's cram more commuters into already
intolerably-crowded rush hour vehicles,'" he added.
"This will drive people away from transit, creating more pollution, more
road congestion and more anger about inadequate TTC service. It is
absolutely intolerable and we will be fighting these cuts on behalf of
transit users and workers alike."
Kinnear also criticized the report's call to shift disabled riders from
Wheel-Trans to conventional transit as unrealistic.
"You say you want to crowd the conventional vehicles more and then tell
the disabled to try to get on those vehicles. Have you no decency or
respect for our disabled citizens?" asked Kinnear.
Kinnear noted that the City Manager recommendations were unchanged from
the KPMG Report, which was thoroughly trashed by hundreds of deputants
at the July 28 marathon meeting of the city Executive Committee.
Kinnear's deputation to the Executive can be seen here.
Note: Bob Kinnear will be unavailable for interviews on Monday, Sept 12
and Tuesday, Sept 13.
SOURCE Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113
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