Crowded Streetcars, 1899-1903

AuthorC. Ian Kyer
 
    approached, the City became increasingly fr ustrated
with its transit operator Overcrowdinga nd extension of the service into
newly annexed parts of the City were topics that were coming up at city
councilmeet ingsevery yearBythey werepressingc oncernsMean
whiletheTorontoRailwayCompa nyTRCrevenueswerewellovermi l
complaints against TRC’s predecessor, the Toronto Street Railway Company
theshareholdersbenetedat theexpenseof goodserviceand theriders
It was starting to look like city counc il was going to tolerate a return to this
form of exploitation, and city council wanted to make it clear that it wasn’t
bring the TRC into line.
In when the Globe had prais ed the deal that the City had struck
with the backers of the TRC, they had one reservation: the agre ement had
not adequately addressed the issue of overcrowding. The paper was quite
right, although perhaps not in the way that it had in mind. It noted that
the agreement had not included measures to prevent overcrowding. In fact,
the economic terms of that agreement almost g uaranteed crowded streetcars
and drove apart the City and its transit provider. Under the agreement, city
councilsett hefeesinthehopethattransitwouldbeaordableforall That
same agreement imposed virt ually all operational expenses on the TRC. The
resultwasthatt heTRCwasstronglymotivatedtoaracta smanyridersas

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