See: https://nowtoronto.com/news/racism-and-rage-on-the-ttc/ for Alok Mukherjee’s article
Alok Mukherjee has hit the nail on the head. He has described possible reasons why transit riding has recently declined. Mayor Tory and his followers on City Council have postponed help for today’s riders by deciding to spend $ billions on projects like the Gardiner Expressway and holes in the ground for subways. The first will shave a couple of minutes off the commute times of a handful of drivers while the unpaid for subways will not materialize for decades. Toronto’s transit riders need relief right now. If City Council is serious about getting people out of their cars and increasing transit ridership then why not make a couple of bold first steps. Make King Street and Yonge Street car free and a dedicated right of way for streetcars on King and buses on Yonge. Buses on Yonge would represent an immediate ‘relief line’ for the congested Bloor-Yonge station and a dedicated right of way for King Street would eliminate the frustration riders feel being passed by full streetcars. Why stop there. Start constructing dedicated bus lanes all over the city wherever buses are regularly full. If City Council, staff and the TTC are serious about providing useful transit to all of its citizens then bold steps are required rather than the half measures we are getting.