June 16th, 2010
Around last year-end, there were massive complaints about the TTC’s ham-handed management of its regular annual fare increase. Here’s another, more local, complaint. The TTC has shut down the York Mills commuter parking lot that I, and hundreds of other riders, use. All the TTC website says it that it will be closed from May 29 to September 6. When you pass by the parking lot, it appears that it is being used for bus driver training, because the TTC has put up pilons and a simulated bus stop, and you see buses driving in circles.
This is a lot that is almost always full, even in summer, by 9 am. So the drivers have to go somewhere else, and this creates inconvenience, and likely encourages some of them to drive downtown. Yesterday I parked on the street near the Lawrence subway station, the closest to York Mills, and received a $15 ticket for exceeding the 3 hour on-street parking limit.
In past years, the TTC shut down the York Mills parking lot for bus training in August. I assume that because they didn’t have more protests they shut it down longer this year. And of course this was done in typical TTC fashion, with no explanation. But couldn’t the TTC have found some alternative space for the activity that wouldn’t have disrupted hundreds of commuters for an entire summer?
This is typical of the TTC’s arrogant and unimaginative approach to service. It can establish a forum on public service, but whatever is said at the forum doesn’t seem to affect day-to-day operations.
I’ve sent a complaint through the website, but don’t expect a quick reaction.
Enlightened organizations have bots that scan the Internet for any comments about them in the blogosphere, and get back to the blogger. I’ve had such responses on several occasions, but again don’t expect this from the TTC.
Speaking of disruptions, I posted in mid-May about how disruptive and expensive the G20 summit would be, and, as more and more organizations are shutting their doors for that weekend, it’s clear I was right on the money about that one.
The only thing to do is escape, so I won’t be posting next week. I’ll be back after the summit, and hopefully in a better mood.