If you ever had a burning desire to see TTC Chair Howard Moscoe dressed up as a pumpkin, you’ll get your chance this Monday at 8:00 a.m.
Howard Moscoe is putting his body on the line in order to raise money for UNICEF. Commuters passing through Eglinton station will see the commissioner in costume, along with other UNICEF volunteers in order to raise awareness and funds for the UNICEF orange boxes that you will see in trick-or-treaters’ hands later that night.
No word yet whether the UNICEF volunteers will be dressed up, or just Howard. But given that it’s Halloween, I think you can expect to see all sorts of costumes on your way to work Monday morning. UNICEF volunteers will be at Finch, King, Spadina, Bloor/Yonge, Queen, Dundas, Sheppard/Yonge, Kipling and St. Andrew stations to take your money.
Funds donated through the orange box campaign will help the most disadvantaged children around the world.
The Toronto Royal Canadian Legion’s poppy campaign is also starting up, so expect to see cadets and veterans selling the red flower at various subway stations. Be sure to pick up yours and wear it proudly, lest we forget.
Confirmed: TTC Ridership is Up
This is not unexpected given the increase in Toronto’s population over the past few years, and the significant increase in gas prices these past few months, but the TTC is trumpeting a significant increase in its ridership. Three percent more passengers took a ride this year compared to the same period last year. In total, the TTC expects the system to carry 427 million riders compared to 393 million in 1999. More significantly, the TTC sold a record 202,000 Metropasses this October, up 50% from October 1999.
The TTC’s study also showed that 70% of Torontonians rode the system at least once in the last year, with 50% of Torontonians taking the TTC at least once a week.
No word on whether this increase in ridership will be enough to offset the increase in fuel costs the TTC is expected to grapple with this coming March.