Mayor John Tory and TTC Chair Josh Colle have made a joint push to have the subway service start one hour earlier on Sundays.
Currently, the first trains on the network run at 9.a.m on Sundays but the pair are making the call for service to start at 8.a.m which they say would cost an addition $1 million annually.
An open letter penned by both Tory and Colle and released on Thursday morning stated that “As a vibrant and growing city, Toronto does not conform to a traditional Monday to Friday schedule. On Sundays, many of our residents need to get to work, to run errands, to go to church and fulfill the activities of their lives. Our businesses are open, our cultural centres are operating and the engines of our economy remain in motion. ”
Meanwhile, speaking during a press conference held on Thursday, Colle also said that he would also be requesting a price freeze on Metro Pass’ saying that pass holders have ”shouldered such a load over time and they are our most loyal customers” adding that ”we think that it’s time now that we do give them that breather and that pause.”
He did not rule out a hike in cash fare however saying that there is a need to shift behavior and move to a cashless system, and that a hike may be a way of encouraging transit users to make the switch to Presto cards.
A report containing the recommendations will go before the TTC board later this month .