Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
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The smallest, simplest and kindest gestures really go go a long way!!! The GO Transit dude let Ethan make the station announcement for one of the stops! How awesome is that! Talk about great way to start our day into the city!!! #gotransit #gotrain #metrolinx #happy #love #ruggierokids #excellentcustomerservice #smile #socool #sonice
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You're not at home. WTF?
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
There was not one, but five women in my coach this morning putting on faces. I was seated with two woman who decided the morning commute was the best place to conduct such personal hygiene methods. One did the whole ritual - moisturizer, foundation (wet naps upon wet naps), curled her eyelashes, lined her eyes, mscara-mascara-mascara ... blushed her cheeks, lined her lips and lipstick-lipstick-lipstick. The other one groomed her nails, combed her eyebrows and powdered her face. Further down the aisle, another woman LOTIONED HER GODDAMN FEET before sliding them back into her flip flops. Speaking of flip flops, I can't wait for that stupid fad to die. You all look dumb. Don't care if I cause butt hurt. Surf away!
I find all of these intimate rituals distracting (in some cases, disgusting) and really awkward. Personal hygiene is an intimate endeavour. I really hate that people share it.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016
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Friday, April 15, 2016
But for people who want the suburban lifestyle and the lower-priced home that goes along with it, is there a way you can win in the GTA without getting dinged by heavy car commuting costs?
“I’ll admit, I never thought in a million years I could [get rid of my car], but I keep a spreadsheet, so any time I feel inclined to go car-shopping, I look at my spreadsheet and the fact that we’ve saved $46,000 in four years by not leasing a second vehicle,” she says.
Between the bus that takes her to the Oshawa GO station and the GO train ride, Ms. Smith says her commute is 1 hour 20 minutes, each way. Despite the hefty time commitment, she says she has grown to love it, even documenting her transit adventures on her blog ThisCrazyTrain.com.
“I don’t know if I could give it up, I really do like the ‘me’ time,” she says.
“Maybe you don’t need two cars. Really understand your options,” she says. “Home ownership is a wonderful thing but it shouldn’t make you broke.”
- From the Globe and Mail
Why commuting costs can make the ’burbs more expensive than living downtown
by SHELLEY WHITE
“What are you going to say when my house burns down?” - Aurora resident outraged at GO commuters parking on station area streets
At the root of the problem is overflow parking from GO commuters, an issue that has been a long-standing problem in the area but, more immediately, the impact recent parking restrictions around Town Park approved by Council have had on the on-street parking situation.
“We have been doing this for 10 years,” said Derek Rundle. “We were patient when you built the first parking lot, and then they tore down the barns and built the second parking lot and we were patient then. Then you built the parking structure and we have been enduring – well, I can’t say the word.
“Let’s get this straight – there is a real hatred for the GO people in our area. It is pure hatred because they are so ignorant. We have been doing this for 10 years. All we want is three hour parking in our area. They are parking in our areas just for pure convenience. They don’t want to take their BMWs, Mercedes and everything else into [the parking garage] and get them scratched. Just put up signs to stop parking in our area. It is a simple solution that has nothing to do with Metrolinx. It has to do with the Town’s looking after the people. That is why Rob Ford was so popular. That is why Donald Trump is so popular. They listen to the people.”
KEEP READING (especially to the end about the house burning down bit - an uncanny ability to predict the future if you ask me)
|date:||Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 2:19 PM|
|subject:||Go expansion to Courtice|
Will never ever happen as long as CP Rail (a FEDERAL entity) refuses to play nice with Metrolinx and there are absolutely no indication that's going to happen.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
|date:||Wed, Apr 6, 2016 at 10:12 PM|
What a sad sack piece of shit you are.
That was the whole email.
I wrote him back asking about twitter and if he got interrupted, and sent the email too soon, and then just forgot about it.
Is he someone on the bus?
Did I speak to him on the bus?
Is he someone I retweeted? Or tweeted about?
Shay has yet to answer my email. Why Shay? What would Shay say if Shay could say something from Shay?
I really want to know if Shay is a guy. Facebook says so. But Facebook should never be used to identify people.
That's how people lose in court.
The dream of extending GO Transit’s Lakeshore East line through central Oshawa into Courtice and Bowmanville may soon turn into reality, says Liberal Durham MPP Granville Anderson
- Mr. Anderson said he expects an announcement in the next few weeks from the provincial Liberal government.
- Mr. Anderson travels on the GO train regularly to get to Toronto for question period at Queen’s Park.
- The proposed extension would add four new GO stations: a new station north of Hwy. 401 on Thornton Road South, one just south of downtown Oshawa, one in Courtice, and one in Bowmanville.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Received this from a fellow #gotransit commuter. Passive aggressive bull shit is alive and well in the #gta #donttalk #conversationisrude #gladidonttakethisall the time. Also the guy underlined it #quietzone
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Millions of dollars in provincial cash used to fund Ottawa’s light-rail transit construction are dangling over the city’s head as it negotiates a new deal with the agency that runs the Presto smart card system.
You mean you couldn't take that newspaper and tuck it under your shoes? Bonus points for pressing your filth against the seat back.
New Union Station bus terminal still being negotiated
Metrolinx officials say the province is still negotiating with the developer of a new business park and regional bus terminal at Union Station that was announced about 18 months ago. Quebec's Ivanhoé Cambridge plans to build two office towers and an elevated green space near Union Station. The development will incorporate a bus depot on what…
Friday, April 8, 2016
I signed up. Maybe I'll meet you there?
If you work in or near the Exchange tower, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Two VERY rude women who are talking on the upper level of the go train during rush hour (which is the quiet zone) and the blonde woman even gave lip to someone who hushed her "I'm paying the same as you!" No respect, so I shame you on social media! #gostation #gotrain #toronto #disrespect #rude #shutyourmouth #norespect
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
|date:||Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 7:31 PM|
|subject:||speed dialing crazy!|
I was sitting in the Quiet Zone (I ride the 6 pm Stouffville train) and this guy sits next to me and at mid point in the train ride he pulls out this huge apple and starts to eat it. He's not even trying to be discreet. Plus he's biting into it and pulling the flesh away with his teeth so it makes this loud cracking sound. After about a minute, I couldn't listen to much more so I ask him to politely knock it off. He stops chewing and looks at me and says this apple is nature's toothbrush. And this is Canada, you can't tell me not to eat it and resumes chomping. So this lady came to my defense and says could you please do your toothbrushing in the bathroom?Thanks! Somebody laughed out loud. It was pretty awesome. He did chew a little quieter after that.
|date:||Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 10:01 AM|
|subject:||Someone barfed on our train|
Interesting morning on the 750 Whitby train.
Some guy got up quickly as we blew past Rouge Hill, stumbled into the aisle and then hurled his breakfast. He started to almost hyperventilate as he apologized to those of us around him he was trying to get to the bathroom. Lots of people had gotten up to vacate the area.
I felt really bad for those who had no choice but to step in his vomit as they left the quad. I have no idea how he got cleaned up as I left with everyone else. I hope someone told the CSA. Hate to think it was just left like that.
|date:||Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 6:24 PM|
|subject:||Shoutout to those on the LSW|
This is the first time I've been compelled to send you a note. I happen to be on the train when this woman received a call in the Quiet Zone Wednesday night. She answered it and then became very distraught. She was sitting in a quad over from me. Turns out her father had been rushed to hospital unresponsive after becoming ill at work. She started to cry openly and many of us came over to comfort her. I mean, no one made one peep about it being the Quiet Zone. She is someone I recognize from the commute every day.
I asked if there was anyone we could call for her and she asked us to call her sister to see if she could pick her up from the station. She was in no condition to drive.
Someone gave her Kleenex and a bottle of water. When we arrived at Clarkson, the woman who gave her water and tissues got off with her to wait with her until her sister arrived and what was admirable was that Clarkson wasn't even this woman's stop. She said she'd just take the next train. I just to wanted to express how amazing I found it to be that all these people were willing to comfort her. I haven't seen her recently so I fear the worst.
If there's a chance that she reads your website, I just want her to know I'm thinking about her.
Lady gets off the bus to look at sign, patiently waiting for it to cycle through its route destinations to confirm that the driver is correct.
She gets back on.
"How do you pronounce that again?" She asks the driver.
She repeats it. Looking perplexed, she says, "That's not how my lawyer pronounced it."
Driver says nothing. Good move, dude. This lady looks like the kind of person who has wikipedia on speed dial. The kind of person who makes playing Scrabble with akin to a root canal.
She settles in her seat and starts to debate aloud the pronunciation of "Courtice" with the driver who, judging by his body language, could clearly not give a crap.
I couldn't help myself. I tell her everyone calls it "Curtis", but having met a member of the Courtice family, I tell her how it's actually pronounced, "Kor-tess".
She says, "Well, bully for you, then." And gets all huffy and puffy.
What do you say to such butt hurt? What did she expect? That no one would actually give her an answer? And as it happens, she's getting off at my stop. In a town she's never been to.
I start to walk away before she calls out after me to help her figure out which way she needs to walk to get to her destination. Really?
"Do you not have a map?"
"I asked the driver where Baseline Road was and he said he didn't know," she says. "Not really helpful if you ask me."
I wasn't aware a criteria of a GO bus operator's job was to be able to navigate Ontario towns and cities - how about you?
I tell her she has about a 5 km walk south. Then I realize where she's going. You'd think she'd plan better. And fire her lawyer.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
OH MY GOD YOU GUISE. WHO`S GONNA WRITE MAH BOOK?! https://t.co/FIb4urbAX1— CJ Smith (@ThisCrazyTrain) April 5, 2016
Monday, April 4, 2016
Friday, April 1, 2016
But at least there are dirty linebackers! I really feel validated. Someone at GO who matters actually has been reading this site for the last six years.
What the heck is that? I have never, ever heard of anyone complaining about some guy in shorts and leg warmers occupying a quad, in rush hour, to exercise. WHY NOT MAKE IT REALISTIC?Etiquette fail? GO Transit launches new campaign to crack down on rude riders https://t.co/wAuaIGN7lw pic.twitter.com/zK2ZjIKkZw— CP24 (@CP24) April 1, 2016
MINE IS STILL BETTER!
Before exiting the apartment to presumably find someone who will take up his offer, he decided to let out a stinker.
But instead of just taking this odd form of retaliation with stride, the woman saw it as a punishable offense and decided to report it to the police - read the rest of this story!
Does the airport train really need to continue as a separate service? Now that it's less than $5 to ride for Toronto folks?
A one-way ride using Presto from Bloor Station in Toronto's west end to Union Station costs only $4.71. A TTC subway ride is $3.25.
But you get so much more from the UP Express. Luggage racks. Charging stations. Roomy seats. Speed. And an added bonus, it's hardly ever crowded.
With the release of the president from her contract and talks of rolling the UP Express into GO Transit's portfolio, can we expect the same frills on all the other GO trains as those who ride the UP Express (kindly subsidized by the fares of those who of us who ride the furthest)?
Do we get lounges? A gift shop?
Here's hoping what is now a high-end GO train service that currently only services none of GO Transit's customers actually gets extended to Georgetown, so a part of GO's customer base can enjoy its perks.
Change its name. Disband the UP Express division. Get rid of the website. Call it what it is - GO Transit. If you want to market it as GO Transit's airport service, go ahead, but all the money that was spent to design this as a premium service, despite all the studies that pointed out it didn't have to be one, should have never been spent in the first place. And it most certainly did not need its own president.
The fancy ticket collectors can stay. Just make sure the rest of us eventually get all the same toys.
I'm insulted. Aren't you?
As some of you have read, or forwarded to me, GO Transit is launching an etiquette campaign because they're amazed at how we're so pissed off by other people's crap.
I guess they thought we were just pulling their chain in the 20,193 tweets sent since 2011 to @gotransit about the problems we face day to day. And no it's not an April Fools joke: GO Transit targets commuters’ most irksome etiquette violations
Personally, I feel actions speak louder than words and it's time to do what we've all asked time and time again, start fining for the bad stuff, especially feet on the seats.
But nope, instead, Metrolinx made it rain by spending money on an campaign that kicks off next week with posters (if it's anything like Christmas' burnt turkey then "yawn") and videos. I really can't wait to see the videos.
But you know what? The Quiet Zone campaign worked out so perhaps this MIGHT just work.