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Public transit users will officially pay a premium to be stuffed into TTC vehicles like sardines

The TTC has approved a fare hike for 2012, meaning commuters will have to shell out an extra dime for the privilege of being shoehorned into already overcrowded streetcars, subways and buses. Of course, reasonable observers—like transit advocate Steve Munro—offer that fare hikes are necessary in order to solidify the TTC’s financial base, and the news of the price increase follows the announcement that the TTC will save service on some of the city’s busiest bus routes. So really, the transit situation isn’t entirely dire. Just don’t think about the Transit City funeral fund, or that how a Metropass will now cost an extra five dollars a month, which works out to roughly an annual increase of one vehicle registration tax. Read the entire story [Toronto Star] »

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