Tag Archives: TTC

TTC Diaries: Town Hall

12 Apr

Dear Diary,

Finally got around to reading a recap of Sunday’s Town Hall meeting between TTC riders, management, and union leader Bob Kinnear.

I’m glad this is happening, sad it took them this long.

The productivity of the meeting seemed low, but some attendees appreciated the effort of organizers. Others, however, seemed irked by the lack of topics covered.

It seems like Kinnear at least made an honest effort to speak truthfully about the abuses to customer service, but as stated in the Star article, he should not be the one speaking. It’s better to hear concerns right from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. TTC management, and employees should be accountable, not the ringleader. Continue reading

TTC Diaries: Streetcar Roulette

16 Mar

The TTC may be the death of me…literally.

After a hectic week of sleep deprivation, I was looking forward to welcoming the weekend with a downtown house party celebrating a friend’s birthday.

Living in North York, I had quite the trek via public transportation to make it down South, but alas, I arrived at Yonge and Dundas scot-free.

Due to heavy precipitation, the Friday night streetcar was full of damp-smelling urban commuters, but despite the stench I was glad to get out of the rain. My 10 minute ride was brief yet enjoyable, but little did I know, as I was making my way down the steps, a cab was fast approaching. Continue reading

TTC Diaries: Manners

24 Feb

Dear Diary,

I make sure to thank my bus driver every single time I get off of the bus. The man / woman just drove me an hour to get to where I want to go. You wouldn’t thank your friend for giving you a lift somewhere?

Amidst the silly scandals, it’s important to give credit where credit is due. I’m sure a lot of TTC folk that work their butts off to serve you are feeling a little down from all this bad press.

A quick thank you can go a long way. Sounds cheesy, and I apologize for talking to you like a child, but the majority of people riding the bus with me every morning are incapable of blurting out a quick “thank you” to the person who got them to Humber College 3 times faster than it would have taken them on the Finch bus.

A thank you.

Love,

R

TTC Diaries: If I Were The TTC Chair

12 Feb

I would..

10. Appoint a subway car to be the “party car” that is decorated in a different theme every week. Everyone will want a ride on the party car, trust me.

9. No pants subway ride would be once a month.

8. Find private investors. I know selling the TTC off is a scary thought, but it could work if it was heavily regulated.

7. Implement an actual customer service program. Continue reading

A Chat With Rocco Rossi

10 Feb

Courtesy

Myself and Rocco Rossi talked shop not too long ago. He, like Giorgio Mammoliti says he values the student vote. We also cleared the air about his intentions for the TTC and bike lanes in Toronto.

Rossi was the national director of the Liberal Party of Canada. Now, he hopes to become the next mayor of Toronto.

And these are some of the things he has to say: Continue reading

TTC Diaries: Coffee Breaks

4 Feb

Dear Diary,

I know they’re trying the customer service thing, but has the TTC been living under a rock for the past couple of years? Did they not realise their bus drivers ALWAYS take food / ATM / coffee breaks while on shift? Why are they only apologizing now?

For as long as I’ve been taking busses (a relatively long time in my relatively short life), I’ve had bus drivers stop the bus to grab a little something something. On my first day at Humber, I took the Finch bus (which took 2.5 hours to get from Finch station to Finch and Islington. I was  so late for school, I had to taxi the rest of the way because someone puked on the bus and they kicked everyone off, only to have to wait for another bus which didn’t come). Midway through the trip, the bus driver got out of the bus for 15 minutes (!!) much to the dismay of outraged students and people trying to get to work. This has happened multiple times on the Finch bus at the exact same place, to the point where I decided to completely change my route.

Note to Humber students: Wilson 96 takes 50 minutes to get to school whereas Finch takes almost 3 times longer (for the same distance, and a more direct route).

So is the new customer service policy for the TTC that they will pay attention to the complaints that get publicized rather than ignoring all complaints always? Because I’m POSITIVE people ratting on the TTC ain’t a new thing.

Oh Diary, when will they ever learn?

Love,

Me.

Sick Leave And Other Wonderous Things

2 Feb

Hello valued readers,

My apologies for my previous and possibly future absences. It seems as though I have a case of the common cold. In between sniffles, I thought I would give you the heads up that my blog-frequency may not be too high this week so that I can recover and bring you informative (and not so informative) goodness.

I hope you didn’t waste your time watching the Grammys. Performances were sub par (minus Gaga and Pink), I didn’t have any 3D glasses, and Tarantino made me extremely uncomfortable. Also, Jamie Foxx is an unnecessary addition to any media event. Continue reading

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