TTC report recommends baby buggies continue to enjoy “unfettered” access to transit.
Babies are people too and that’s why the TTC isn’t recommending any changes to its existing “unfettered” stroller policy.
A report before the TTC board on Feb. 25 suggests that many stroller occupants may even be fare-paying customers.
“Given that strollers are occupied by children (i.e. people) who have either paid a fare (over the age of 2) or are exempt from paying a fare under TTC fare policy (under the age of 2), it would seem that the case for carrying strollers, and their occupants, unfettered is even stronger than for general items such as luggage or backpacks,” says the report.
It mentions that new streetcars and articulated buses being added to the transit fleet, along with features like multi-purpose areas and flip-down seats, will make more room for everyone.
In other words, there will be no size restrictions, no extra fares and no limitations on the number of strollers allowed on TTC vehicles, said spokesman Brad Ross.
Toronto’s great stroller debate erupted after TTC staff was asked to look into the matter when a rider suggested stroller numbers be restricted during rush hour. A survey of other transit agencies showed policies vary but there’s no evidence of a clear winner, says the report.
TTC drivers will, however, retain their discretion to limit stroller access where a crowded bus makes it impossible to pack on more people.
“The board can bring it back if they choose to discuss and make recommendations on policy changes. But staff’s position is that the matter is closed,” said Ross.