Thursday, July 5, 2018

When passengers get salty on the GO train (I love it)

Packed train this morning as most trains are that leave Oshawa before 7:15am. As my train started to near Union Station, this woman sitting on the stairs had her sunglasses knocked off her head by a woman attempting to CLIMB OVER HER so she could stand by the doors.

It got ugly super fast. Hey, if I were the woman on the stairs, I would have also been justifiably pissed. She got up, grabbed her glasses off the floor and laid into the woman who attempted to climb over her, telling her "we still had another 10 minutes before we pull  in" (true, we always idle just west of the DVP) and that she could "use her words" and excuse herself, or ask that she move.

Don't be a dick, folks.

Monday, June 25, 2018


Jun 22 (3 days ago)
to me

This moron who rushed and in dropped his shiny new king size pillows (location is obvious) and completely ignored other passengers boarding or moving through the car.  You’ve got the date, 5:00 pm east express. Just when I’d committed to myself not to judge others and be a “better” person!  Throws a wrench into my mindfulness practice!  Be well and keep up the great work. Cheers! 

PS:  to the degree you decide to use this I know you’ll neutralize who it came from  (ALWAYS - Cj)

PSS: Just prior to sending I did a quick check. They’re now almost fully blocking the floor and he’s never looked up from his phone. Some people’s kids!!!  Lol. He’s carefully folded his blazer and it’s draped across them.   Can you check with your legal team and advise on litigation should I have to exit in an emergency???

From Cindy (Cj) Smith
Jun 22 (3 days ago)

the universe constantly delivers

Jun 22 (3 days ago)
to me
Follow up. Ticket checker 2nd time today. Steps over them. Seriously. I hold back my pass until he looks me in the eye.  Um is that not a safety hazard?  Looks around and finally gets it. Ok says I and put my pass on the machine. He does 4 more passengers and realizes I’m still watching him. He taps the guy on the shoulder. He’s already done his “check”. Guy flings the package into empty seat completely disregarding the guy sitting beside him who is now dodging the bag. We couldn’t make this stuff up. BTW I’m pleased I’m not a Scotiabank client. I’d hate like hell to be contributing to his commute.

From Cindy (Cj) Smith
Jun 23 (2 days ago)

I'll do a write up. Disappointed in the fare inspector's lack of action.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Via Rail melted down a decommissioned coach to make train tickets with

Monday, June 11, 2018

Bilingual automated announcements

1. Why you ask?
I asked why. GO Transit replied, on Twitter, the following: "Hi CJ, To make travelling on GO as easy as possible for everyone and to meet Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act & French Language Services Act requirements, automated announcements are being introduced . For more info click here  Thanks ^IL"

2. The French Language Services Act
Services must be made available in French when demanded - this is what the act says in a nutshell. This part is interesting because GO has been skirting this for years considering most of their CSAs were/are not bilingual, meaning if a passenger demanded train announcements in French, while on-board, the CSA was/is to comply, non?

3. Why now? 
The law says traveling on transit must be accessible to those with sight and hearing disabilities. The automated announcements, and soon, the visual displays on every coach, will meet compliance with the  Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The repeat of the information in French, both visual and audio, means GO Transit will be in full compliance with the French Language Services Act.

The French Language Services Act is not new. GO is just bringing the agency up to speed; and the technology being used has been available for some time. Implementation has just been very slow, it appears.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

You know summer is just around the corner when the reclusive bare footrider comes out of hibernation on GO trains

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GO is clearly tired of your bullshit

Heads up motocycle friends who had emailed me (and customer relations per my suggestion) in the past annoyed that vehicle drivers were using designated motorcycle parking spots at Oshawa GO - GO Transit has listened.

The sign reads, "Vehicles parked in these spaces will be towed". I know the sign looks highly suspect but checking in with a GO Transit Safety Officer on-site, I confirmed it's legit.

I only asked because a reader named Doug wrote me threatening to take matters into his own hands by "borrowing a traffic cone from Bloor Street construction to make a point". I'm telling you, some passengers don't mess around.