As the line to buy a token ran 35 deep at Union Station, transit users reacted in disgust to the TTC fare increase — calling it a low blow during the recession after the TTC voted yesterday to hike fares.

“I’m sure they could have found some other ways to cut costs,” Edmund Persad said before getting on the University line. “Most people are working class who use it, and it’s taking advantage of their vulnerability.”

Loyalty and lobbying minimized the impact on the Metropass, which will rise to $121 a month — up from $109, but still less than the $126 transit commissioners had considered.

And a new provision, starting next September, means college and university students, regardless of age, will get the same monthly pass prices as high school students.

But even with a few minor victories, the increase still incensed riders already fed up with token rationing.

“The working class has to pay more for a system that’s broken,” said Andrea Miliauskas after she was told there weren’t any tokens left at Union Station. “The system hasn’t gotten any better.”

Waiting for a train on the Yonge line, Daniel Xiao said he “might start driving.”
“It’s a big mistake,” rider Carole Higgins said of the increase. “There’ll be more cars on the road.”