Friday, January 29, 2016

TTC problems run deeper than chronic underfunding -- Toronto Star

It’s some time between 9 and 9:30 on a weekday morning and a small crowd waits for the streetcar at Broadview and Gerrard. 

After seven minutes or so, the westbound Carlton car (506) finally pulls up. But, no, this one’s short-turning south on Broadview.

Twenty or more people are forced to disembark to join the 15 or so already waiting at the stop. Another seven minutes later, a second streetcar finally appears, jammed to the rafters with snarling passengers reluctant to make room for another load of riders.

They can either fight their way into the streetcar or wait patiently for a third one, which may or may not have room for them.…


Tal Hartsfeld said...

"The system" at work. Doing what it does best: Operating clinically and by formulaic assumptions instead of realistically.

deepfish said...

Back in the summer after I first landed in Toronto, I was out walking downtown really early on a Sunday morning. The sidewalks around all the subway station entrances were packed with friendly sleepy people.
A premiere tourist event that runs to the early hours on the weekend.
An event that is scheduled months, if not years in advance.
Yet no provision was given for moving the TTC subway start time earlier than the usual 8:30...
Toronto the Good.