Effective April 1, 2009, the Toronto Transit Commission will be charging commuters who park their cars at designated subway parking lots a fee. This will result in the elimination of the free Metropass parking that is currently available at these lots. The plan is to charge all parkers a daily rate between $3-$12 with the majority of the spots at $6 per day, regardless of whether you purchase a monthly Metropass. Even if you don't have a Metropass, you may still be affected as the regular price to park your car will go up at majority of the lots!
This is not right! We should say NO to the new TTC Parking Fees!
TTC commuter lot parkers who pay for their parking through the purchase of a Metropass are being environmentally responsible by taking public transit and yet they are being stricken with additional costs for taking this measure for the benefit of society!
Currently the cost of a monthly TTC Metropass is $109.00, or $1,308 annually. The proposed parking costs equate to approximately $1,512 ($6/day x 5 days per week x 4.2 weeks per month x 12 months) in addition to the cost of riding the TTC and this additional cost for parking is not tax deductible. Most people are already having a difficult time making ends meet, asking riders to pay this increase will result in economic hardships for many.
Eliminating Metropass parking will force more people to drive directly to their work place as this option will become more economical when factoring in the cost of parking, cost of taking the transit, commuting time, reliability and convenience. This will result in a negative impact on the environment, particularly the air quality, as well as the traffic congestion that Toronto is already experiencing. The TTC continues to advertise to draw in more riders but through this decision they will in fact be turning them away. This will result in the TTC losing money as well as the affected riders. These clients will stop purchasing a Metropass, they will discontinue use of the public transit system altogether and opt for driving directly to their destination. This truly is a NO-WIN situation!
For the sake of the environment as well as for the riders who rely on both their vehicle and the TTC to commute to their place of employment, the TTC needs to reverse their decision to eliminate free Metropass parking.
Other transit services, such as the GO and VIA Rail, do not charge parking fees.....why is the TTC planning to gouge us for more money when we are already paying a premium to park by investing in a Metropass which most commuters only use two times per day, five times per week. In fact, commuters who park at the subway stations continue to purchase the monthly Metropass even during times of absence, such as vacation, illness, etc., when we are not using the TTC at all, just to be able to maintain the free parking for when we return to work.
Again.....this is not right! We should say NO to the new TTC Parking Fees!!
This is where you can sign and voice your opinion against the decision to charge responsible TTC Metropass Commuters parking fees. Please send this petition to as many people as you know who could be directly impacted by this, or people who know of other people who could be directly impacted by this or if you just think charging these ridiculous fees is wrong!
Please act as quickly as possible. We need to get as many signatures as possible.
We need to voice our opinions.....we have to tell them this is not right!!!Please call/write TTC Chair Adam Giambrone at:
Thank you in advance for your time in reading this petition and all of your efforts in spreading the word.
Alicia Villar and Emesh Aube
We, the undersigned, are calling on you and the Toronto Transit Commission to reverse the decision to eliminate the free Metropass parking that is currently available at designated subway stations.
The elimination of the free Metropass parking will result in forcing more drivers to drive directly to their place of employment, usually in the already congested downtown core. This will contribute to more pollution and result in a negative impact on the environment.
Furthermore, the TTC will not be able to recover the costs that will be lost as a result of implementing this decision. Metropass purchases and TTC ridership as a whole will be on the decline as a result of this decision.
The parking lots will sit relatively empty as most commuters will find more viable alternatives to get to their destinations, yet the cost of continuing to maintain the relatively empty parking lots will continue to be an issue.
In fact, you should be working towards expanding the parking facilities at these designated subway stations to encourage more riders to use the TTC.
For the benefit of all concerned, please reverse this decision before it is too late.
Thanking you in advance for your time and consideration.