Friday, September 30, 2016
That somehow I should play a cupid role, for passengers too nervous, shy, or unsure to approach other passengers about a date, or wanting to know what they were reading, wanting to offer advice for a family problem they overheard, or wanting to know where someone worked or went to school.
The only missed connection I'd be down for is WHO WAS THAT PERSON EATING A CAN OF TUNA FROM THE TIN ON A RUSH HOUR TRAIN?
I'd love to just sit down across from him, turn on the care bear stare and say, "Hi!", real loud, "HOW'S THE TUNA?! CAN I HAVE SOME?" And then pry open an emergency window and chuck it.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
A crowded commuter train plowed into the bustling Hoboken station during the morning rush hour Thursday, killing at least one three people and injuring more than 100 others, some critically, in a tangle of broken concrete, twisted metal and dangling cables, authorities said.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
This.....is the Canadian A-hole in his natural environment! Don't worry -- there were only about FIFTY FRIGGING PEOPLE STANDING!!!!! Thankfully this asshat had plenty of room for his papers!!!! I am assuming his paper ALSO paid a fare? #rude #gotrain #toronto #badmanners #seathog #aloneintheworld #ridingtherails #commuterhell
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It's not a feat I hope to repeat.
In case you have not heard, yesterday's 4:30 pm Union to Oshawa train suffered a heart attack and died 150 metres or so east of the Ajax GO Station.
I was trapped on this train with hundreds of others, who after 40 minutes, soon realized we were in for a clusterbomb of a night when we lost all power. Forty minutes stretched into an hour and I listened as frantic parents made phone calls to relatives and neighbours to arrange for childcare and daycare pickup. One passenger had to go all the way down the list of his daycare backups to the 4th person to rescue his daughter, so a stranger basically -- these were the passengers I felt the most sympathy for.
I had a 5:45 pm dentist appointment that I was able to move to 7:40. In an effort to save myself from the $75 no show fee, I dispatched my husband to take our daughter in my place. She was due soon anyway.
As the delay approached the two hour mark, I realized that any chance I had of being able to cook and prepare for the company potluck the next day was going to be lost, eaten up by time being wasted while waiting for GO Transit to decide what to do about us.
Three hours after we had left Union, we were informed we were going to be pulled into Whitby. We watched as a crew member moved from coach to coach releasing the brakes for each one so we could be towed.
Another half hour passed and with no air circulation for the last 90 minutes, people were growing less patient.... and hot. I kept reminding myself there are worse things in an effort to quell my own growing frustration. I cracked jokes with those around me but not everyone was in a humorous mood. One woman complained loudly, and constantly, about her displeasure.
We watched as rush hour train after rush hour train passed us by. I spent my time engaging others on Twitter and soon learned that a clusterbomb was also unfolding on the Barrie line with all trains holding due to a gas leak.
Through Twitter, I learned that a passenger aboard the 6:00 pm train, fed up that his train hadn't moved for more than 30 minutes, exited that train and prompted a safety investigation. I'm not entirely sure but the result of that stupid move supposedly cancelled that train, and those passengers were forced off and had to squeeze onto another train. Hey, at least they had that option.
I'm at a loss for why it took 3.5 hours to make a decision to push us back into Ajax. First it was a tow. Then it was a push. GO Transit isn't transparent about its policy and procedures for epic meltdowns such as last night. This results in passengers demanding answers only to be met with excuses that the Barrie line required all of GO Transit's resources, and all our crew could do was continue to follow procedure.
I'm sure it was equally frustrating for them.
I don't think we'll get an answer why it took as long as it did to decide we'd be pushed back into Ajax. And that's not acceptable any more. Telling us a full investigation will happen is just more lip service that's become all too common these days.
We deserve better.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016
I was on the Milton train a couple of weeks ago and there was a lady sitting beside me crunching down on an apple. Annoying but fair. She jammed the core down beside the seat. A couple of days later she was at it again. This time, just throwing the core on the floor. Quite rude and inconsiderate.
USING A GARBAGE IS HARD Y'ALL!
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
I was on the train and these guys came on with a tv and #wii and plugged them in and started playing. And then got off half an hour later. I'm pretty sure handheld gaming devices exist... But this works too #supersmashbros #gamesonatrain #gotransit
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Transit planning experts call what we do to get home from a GO station "the last mile". Incredulously, the route I take to the GO station in the morning is not the same route I take home. It doesn't exist. The local buses travel only in one direction, which means they "loop". So if I wanted to find my way back to the corner bus stop I left in the morning, I would have to endure a 1 hour and 23 minute long bus ride through most of Oshawa and down from the north end of Courtice. No thanks. So I take a GO bus home from the station and my husband picks me up from Highway 2. My time for the trip home from the GO station clocks in under 27 minutes. If he's unavailable, I walk two kilometers home. Everybody I know, who lives in Courtice and takes the GO train, drives to and from the station. I used to know two other people who chose not to drive but they've both since moved.
The "last mile" (a term), popular among transportation planners, describes the dilemma posed by transit systems that are able to move people over longer trips, but offer few solutions for carrying passengers the relatively short distances between transit hubs and commuters’ homes or destinations.
The Toronto Star has more on this issue.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Woman, outraged that her son's school is converting all washrooms to non-gender specific, uses a washroom that hasn't cared about gender in years
Midway through the conversation she got up and disappeared into the washroom of the train.
I'm sorry, what was she arguing about?
#GoTransit - not caring about your bathroom gender needs for over 40 years #pioneer #allthepee #genderequality pic.twitter.com/NNPA84f8RA— CJ Smith (@ThisCrazyTrain) September 14, 2016
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Friday, September 9, 2016
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Collision on Hwy6 at York Road - Burlington On. No injuries, all lanes open, clean up on the right shoulder only pic.twitter.com/EsQQWmIQG9— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) September 7, 2016
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Friday, September 2, 2016
Fan Expo attendees openly carrying replica rifles and weapons create headache for Toronto police on TTC and GO Transit
The incident scared the crap out of passengers and had me on high alert. I tried to get answers yesterday afternoon and was met with boilerplate responses from Metrolinx that the situation was under control. That's great. BUT WHAT HAPPENED?
Turns out the passenger was carrying a fake weapon as part of his costume (which I have confirmed he was *not* wearing) for Fan Expo, a comic convention currently happening in downtown Toronto at the Metro Convention Centre.
Police don't discourage people from alerting authorities if they are unsure if a weapon is real. Here's a good idea though, don't be so stupid to carry something, in this global climate, onto public transit that looks real enough to cause a SWAT team to show up.
More on this incident here.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
My morning commuter train was met with a platform full of Toronto's finest armed with shotguns and auto rifles, while they swept through the train car by car. I guess it's only a matter of time before Canada's busiest train station has an incident. #gotransit
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