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Thursday, July 22, 2010

A World Class Mess

The Dirtier Way:

The TTC is marginally cleaner than it was two years ago. But an audit of 69 stations shows none of them meet the highest standard of cleanliness being applied to the system.

Was that before or after the vagrants had been removed? To those casual visitors to the Imperial Capital, the TTC's subway system is an unpleasant surprise. It is part open sewer, part world's largest moving homeless shelter. So long as you travel in daylight, and in the central business district, it's not too bad. But beyond the core, you take your chances. A few years back one of my blog's readers, and a few cohorts, tried to organize a campaign to ban the TTC from striking. I don't usually like the idea of banning people voluntarily withholding their services, but I like even less a government monopoly - and its pampered employees - holding the country's largest city hostage. As I recall, the idea went nowhere. Pity. 

I know people, who make very modest salaries, that refuse to travel on the TTC. These include women, of all ages, who are terrified of travelling at night in the less trafficked areas of the system (the periphery of the Bloor-Danforth). Instead they fork over a large share of their meagre cash flow for used cars and basic insurance. Having seen young women harassed by professional drunks on subway trains, with TTC employees doing their level best to ignore the proceedings, I cannot blame them.

Others have more aesthetic objections. They are less afraid than appalled. There is something about the smell of vomit, the bits of ceiling plaster on the track, and the incessant flapping of pigeons that puts one off. My particular peeve is the pigeons. They are flying rats and rather stupid creatures. I've yet to see one be disintegrated by an oncoming train, but statistical speaking it is a certainty to happen. It's funny, until it happens within splattershot.  

Birds sometimes fly into other public places, like shopping malls. The mall security then gets them out. It's a little thing, not to be defecated upon while trying to get to work, to in turn earn money to pay TTC workers' bloated salaries. Maybe if we paid TTC workers less, but had more of them, the place would be cleaner? People would be and feel safer? Just a thought. 

Posted by Richard Anderson on July 22, 2010 | Permalink

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Others have more aesthetic objections. They are less afraid than appalled. There is something about the smell of vomit, the bits of ceiling plaster on the track, and the incessant flapping of pigeons that puts one off. My particular peeve is the pigeons. They are flying rats and rather stupid creatures. I've yet to see one be disintegrated by an oncoming train, but statistical speaking it is a certainty to happen. It's funny, until it happens within splattershot.

Those are funding issues more than anything else. Over the five years I used the TTC I saw it deteriorate too and what do you expect? The ticket prices cannot even remotely pay for the system.

The oh so vaunted European Systems are tax payer subsidies, something most people on here would sneer at and neither the Province nor the Federal Government really seem to care about the state of public transit outside of some brave words every time an election looms.

Posted by: Snowrunner | 2010-07-31 11:17:59 AM



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