TTC Riders lash out at mayor's call for transit cutbacks with cheeky tweets

From using cattle wranglers to fill trains to making riders offer up their laps as seats, a new campaign is blasting plans for any cutbacks to the TTC

'So Efficient it Hurts' campaign satirizes plans to make transit cuts

The commuter advocacy group TTC Riders shared this image on Twitter with the caption: 'TTC Efficiency Idea #528: Cut fuel budget and make riders push vehicles.' (TTC Riders/Twitter)

Use cattle wranglers to herd commuters onto crowded trains.

Cut the fuel budget by making riders push vehicles.

Force riders to offer up their laps to sit on.

The TTC Riders group posted these three satirical suggestions – along with many more outlandish ideas – on Twitter and its website Tuesday as the city considers ways to make the transit agency more efficient.

TTC Riders, which advocates on behalf of customers, calls its campaign "So Efficient it Hurts" and, with tongue firmly in cheek, explains it by saying "Mayor John Tory wants help making the TTC more efficient. We're here to help."

Tory has asked the TTC — which is already grappling with a $172.6 million shortfall — to make cuts to deal with a 2.6 per cent reduction in its subsidy from the city, an amount totalling $15.8 million.

The TTC's budget committee is set to meet on Wednesday. 

TTC Riders also asked its Twitter followers to chip in with their own cost-saving suggestions.

Clarifications

  • An earlier version of this story said the mayor's office has requested the TTC reduce its budget by 2.6 per cent. In fact, the TTC has been asked to make cuts to deal with a 2.6 per cent reduction in its subsidy from the city, an amount totalling $15.8 million.
    Sep 21, 2016 8:24 AM ET