Paris has done right is to make it awful to get around by car and
awfully easy to get around by public transportation or by bike.”
If biking was really
popular, these racks
for two bicycles would be inadequate.
The TTC infrastructure is deteriorating and there are no new
lines being built. We can't count the Scarborough extension, a very modest
effort. Many of us will be dead before the Sheppard, Finch or Downtown
Relief lines come into service in 2030—at the earliest.
The extension of the University-Spadina line up
to Vaughan, when completed at the end of 2017, will make that half of Line
1 as congested as the Yonge Street half. The promised light rail lines (LRT)—if they're built—won't be ready
TTC service is
The TTC motto was "The Red Rocket" then "The Better Way" but now it is
turning into "The Loser Cruiser". The TTC public address system apologizes more
often than tour Late Mayor
The existing subway lines are the pits. The subways have constant delays due
to personal emergencies, mechanical delays and signal
The Yonge Street subway is so packed during the morning rush hour that
a few riders, who start their journey at the Sheppard station, go north
two stops to the Finch terminal station so they can get a seat on
the southbound trains. It costs them only an extra 15-20 minutes to be guaranteed a seat for the 40 minute ride downtown.
Just wait for the young professionals, who are buying the downtown
condos and giving up cars, get jammed in a subway train right up close
with one of Toronto's
homeless that—at a distance of five metres—stink like a provincial
park outhouse. Subway passengers have to put up with beggars, crazies
and baby strollers that are as wide as Hummers.
That will be a part of "inclusive city living" that the middle-class will not be so
willing to embrace.
The streetcars can be just as bad. Long waits and short turns are a
curse and so are
over-crowded streetcars and buses.
A telling letter
What do our politicians think of people who rely on transit? Read this from our Mayor John Tory.
Every time they prepare a budget, the TTC considers eliminating the Blue
Light Network, the 24 hour service on the two street cars routes and 22 bus
that remain. This will hurt shift workers who work irregular hours.
Flop houses on
The high-density condo skyscrapers that provide far too few parking spots, depend on
people who are willing to trade cars for bicycles, Uber and transit. For this
to work the TTC network has to be reliable, convenient and comfortable.
However, the social tinkerers may make it worse. Josh Colle, a city
councillor and TTC commissioner, wants the TTC to allow everyone to ride the Blue Light Network for free whenever the
city announces a Cold Alert.
The idea is that Toronto's homeless can get a free ride to a homeless
shelter where they will have a warm place to spend the night. (That was
nine nights in the winter of 2012-2013 and 22 nights in 2013-2014.)
There are a couple of flaws in this theory. First of all, many homeless do not want
to go to a shelter. They want to be warm and safe. The TTC subways, buses and
streetcars are both. So once they got on, why should they get off?
Secondly, there are presently few homeless sleeping on the late
night buses and streetcars. If this scheme is adopted, we could have
Buying a condo without parking?
If future condo buyers give up on the TTC and want to commute
by car, those who own condo units that don't include parking may
have trouble selling without taking a big loss.
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