Two thirds approve of ‘kids ride free’

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Two thirds approve of ‘kids ride free’

Low income families, seniors seen to be more deserving

TORONTO, April 11th, 2015 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 865 Toronto voters, two thirds approve of the policy of offering free TTC rides to children 12 and under (64%), 3-in-10 disapprove (31%) and very few have no opinion (5%). These numbers are exactly the same as the last time we polled this proposal, when it was first made in January.

Low income families, seniors seen to be more deserving than children

Despite the approval seen above, voters see low income families as the most deserving of free transit (34%), followed by seniors (22%). Only about half this proportion think kids are the most deserving (13%). After kids come the unemployed (9%), the homeless (8%) or some other group (5%). One tenth don’t know who is most deserving (9%).

Fewer now see the UPX as too expensive

Close to 6-in-10 voters see the Union Pearson Express (UPX) as too expensive to ride at $27 one way or $19 with a Presto card (58%), and this is down considerably from the number saying this noted in December, 2014 (69%). The proportion who think this is an appropriate price has increased from one quarter then (23%) to one third now (32%).

One fifth say they are very likely to take UPX to or from Pearson

Just one fifth of Toronto voters say they are very likely to use the UPX if they have to get to or from Pearson (20%) and this is stable since December (18%). In total, fewer than one half say they are at all likely to use the UPX (46%), up slightly from December (42%). Those very likely to use the UPX are commonly lower income ($20K to $40K - 27%) and those in York (where the UPX makes its only stop - 29% - caution: small base size).

"It appears that Torontonians are getting a little more used to the idea of paying a premium to ride public transit directly to the airport, although it still doesn’t appear that likelihood of usage is as high as it needs to be for large scale adoption," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.