Monday, September 6, 2010

TTC Short Turning Vehicles

Hi All,

I thought I'd share a note I just wrote to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) after being on 3 street cars that got short-turned within a two day period:

A quick comment about short-turning.  Three times between Sept. 3rd and 4th (once westbound and twice eastbound) and got caught on a car that was short-turned (the westbound one at Bay, and the eastbound one at Broadview) short of the stop I needed.

Now I realize that it could just be bad luck on my part and that there is track construction preventing cars from short-turning at Gerrard and Coxwell but I need to at least ask that for streetcars and buses that aren't malfunctioning please stop short-turning them.  Or at least keep it to a minimum.

When I board a ttc vehicle that says it's destination on the front I'd like to believe that it will make it to that destination.  To be fair it does most of the time.  Or at least as far as I need it to go.  For this route I guess the people who live past Landsdowne in the west or Gerrard in the east experience this more often than I do.  It's always disappointing to hear that box start beeping at the front.

It's easy to get frustrated with the driver but it really has nothing to do with them.  If you agree and want to let the TTC know how you feel please address the right people ( and not rant at the drivers.  Between hauling our asses around the city and dealing with traffic they're jobs are hard enough as it is.  I suspect that drivers don't particularly like being short-turned either.  It's not like the drivers get to go home early when their vehicle gets short turned; they've got to go back 'round the other way again.  If you work for the TTC you may be able to comment on this better than I can.

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