Tuesday, February 7, 2017
It's ok, the smokers will kill us first anyway - GO Transit passengers at risk for exposure to diesel exhaust
Oooh that's a scary headline in this morning's Metro.
Now replace that with GO Transit passengers at risk for exposure to cigarette smoke.
That's a goddamn horror film right there. But it doesn't sell papers I'm afraid.
I'm not downplaying the study or its findings, but at any given GO Station across the GTHA, we are all still subjected to second-hand smoke as we walk past PRESTO machines, wait for buses or walk in and out of a station. At Oshawa, there's even a designated smoking area on the platform, complete with official green signs. Hey, if you can't beat them, might as well make them happy, right?
Pardon me for not running out onto Front Street screaming, BURN IT ALL DOWN! after reading this article since I'm personally fed up with the lack of attention the soot issue on GO Transit Double Decker buses is getting. My man on the street, aka GO Voyageur, has been at this for well over a year trying to get answers from Metrolinx about the mysterious substance that blows through the HVAC systems of these buses and stains the walls and ceiling. Something tells me it's even more sinister than diesel dust. Wait, maybe it is diesel dust!?
But back to this GO train diesel dust issue, it would be interesting to know what the readings would be for the first coach behind the locomotive on a VIA train, which doesn't push?
In response, Metrolinx's COO released the following statement: