In Memory of Cheaper Days on the TTC - The Intrepid

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

In Memory of Cheaper Days on the TTC

TTC Token Prices 1961
Yesterday, the TTC voted to increase fares, effective January 3, 2010. (You can see the new fares here.) To mark the occasion, I thought I'd post this photo of fare boxes from 1961, when tokens were only fifteen cents, and you could buy four for sixty cents.

In today's dollars, a token would only be $1.09, if inflation were the only thing affecting costs. Of course, there are more factors at work here. Since 1961, the TTC has greatly expanded its routes and services, while contending with diminishing support from the federal and provincial governments. Last week, Torontoist's editor-in-chief, David Topping, put together an interesting article on the rising cost of fares that's worth checking out.

Broken Down TTC BusA broken down bus on Islington Avenue, just south of Bloor Street West.

These fare hikes seem to have come at a time when the TTC is falling apart. Over the last two weeks I've seen six broken down buses, eight inoperative ONESTOP monitors, and then today, damage to the Yonge line forced the TTC to stop subway service between Eglinton and Bloor-Yonge.

"We've got to pay $3 and take a shuttle?" said one angry commuter to The Star today. "I'm not happy."

Oh, how things have changed. When Transit City was announced in 2007, it seemed like the dawn of a new day for the TTC.

The first image is from the City of Toronto Archives, but was discovered by Jeff Low (Mustapha), an amateur photographer who recreates historical photos of Toronto in his spare time. I interviewed Low about his hobby several months ago in an article for Torontoist. The second image is by Stephen M.