TTC FARE EVADERS COST TRANSIT AGENCY $60-MILLION A YEAR IN LOST REVENUE

Feb 22, 2019

By Jane Brown

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TTC fare evasion is a much more common and costly problem than the transit agency has previously told the public.

The TTC has taken steps to deter evasion in the past six years, including introducing a complement of 68 fare inspectors on streetcar routes and installing new fare gates at subway stations.

In fact, the city’s auditor general has released a report which says unpaid trips last year resulted in more than $60-million dollars in lost revenue.

Consistent word from the TTC is that the evasion rate is around 2 percent, costing the public agency about $20-million annually.

The city’s financial watchdog says the actual evasion rate is about 5.4 percent.

TTC spokesperson Susan Sperling says the agency welcomes the auditor general’s report and has accepted all 27 of her recommendations.

These include expanding the TTC’s inspection program to cover more of the system and increase the use of plainclothes inspectors and review the functionality of subway fare gates.

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