Toronto has the toughest tariff evasion penalties of all major Canadian cities

While most of Toronto absolutely hated the fare evasion ads the TTC has been rolling out in recent years — going so far as to make spoofs of them to mock the carrier’s unreliability — commuters really do the best. heed the posted warnings, considering what it could cost them if caught.

While the city’s transit fare is actually the second cheapest of any major Canadian metropolis, our non-payment fines are the second-highest, at a staggering 72.3 times (at least) the cost of a standard fare, according to figures from Passage.

While the price to take the TTC is $3.25 and our fare dodging fine ranges from $235 to $425, a transit ride in somewhere like Montreal costs $3.50 but comes with a $4 ticket. 150 if you try to get in for free – the latter is 42.9 times the former.

Ottawa is the only city to come close to Toronto’s level, at $3.75 per ride and $260 per fine (69.3 times), while in Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton, the fines for payment avoidance are high. be lower, not only in amount, but also in the difference with the fare.

In general, such fines across Canada are extremely high compared to other places, and exorbitantly more than a parking ticket, which will set you back an average of $75 in Toronto.

Even in New York City, the fine for jumping the turnstiles is only $100, while parking tickets are about $65 and up.

This isn’t the best incentive for more eco-friendly options, such as transportation in cities like Toronto, which are inherently designed for cars, and as some writers have pointed out, there are far worse things you can do on the TTC that will cost you a lot less. than not buying a fare, or nothing at all.

To be fair, tariff evasion cost the TTC $70.3 million in 2019, and it’s a long-standing problem that, in part, necessitated tariff hikes and increased enforcement.

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