The TTC continues to break ridership records, carrying 510 million transit users between Oct. 2 of this year and Oct. 3, 2011. The system is on track to carry 514 million riders by the end of this year and is projecting 528 million next year. While there are several factors boosting transit use, gridlock is certainly one of them, said TTC spokesman Brad Ross.
- But the service comes at a cost and at a time when the city’s $500 million annual transit subsidy remains flat, noted Ross. That’s why the TTC’s board has approved in principle a 5-cent fare increase on Jan. 1, with the exception of cash and children’s fares.
- The TTC breached the 500 million ridership mark for the first time on Dec. 27, 2011. The system ended up carrying about 503 million in that calendar year.