The TTC Sucks

There were suggestions this morning that the TTC may issue temporary tickets to stem the tide of token hoarding in advance of the rate hikes.

I just read the crawl on CBC News and it has been confirmed that TTC token sales have been suspended.

F@$*ing TTC.

I wasn’t going to write about this but that was the last straw.

I was not surprised to see the signs they were sold out of tokens go up shortly after the announcement. I sucked it up and paid the $2.25 cash for what the ride would have cost if I had purchased a token in multiples of five or 10.

How convenient that there are no tokens to be found anywhere moments after the announcement that the new prices are to take effect January 3rd.

I was so livid when it happened again (the next day) that I walked the hour and 10 minutes from work to get home instead of playing the game by their rules.

But this is the first time I have seen them issue “temporary” tickets to avoid the understandable move by people to hoard tokens. To go to the trouble of issuing tickets, tickets that they stopped selling only this year if I recall correctly (other than those issued specifically for senior citizens). The trouble (and money) it takes to design tickets, have them printed and made copy proof in some way to sell for the six weeks before the rate hike goes into effect?

Screw you TTC.

Walking was my antidote to joining a gym but now it has become a form of protest. I have been afraid to ride my bicycle in the city due to the lack of cycling lanes in the busiest sections of town that I would normally ride (if I weren’t such a chicken) but now I am one step closer to taking my old, ugly and very uncool bicycle in for a tune-up and getting it road-worthy.

I would rather spend the money on good walking shoes or getting the proper safety gear to ride my bike than the $121 it will cost to buy a monthly pass, or the $3 cash fare for a single ride.

But, I am lucky that I made the decision a long time ago to get a place within walking distance of pretty much everything I would need in the city. I was willing to sacrifice space for this convenience and stuff like this makes me very glad that I did.

According to what I have read, they hope to raise $45.5 million towards their $106 million dollar anticipated shortfall for 2010. I don’t know how they came by this figure but I would bet my house that the money raised will be less because people will make alternate arrangements to avoid the TTC out of anger or necessity. I heard people say they would rather drive. Not exactly the eco option but they would rather deal with all the hassles that come with driving than to ever take “The Rocket” again.

Most of us have been hit by the recession in some way. I have seen my salary reduced by 4% to account for two weeks of furlough. Thankfully I don’t have to worry about where my next meal will come from but some people do and I don’t know how this rate hike will affect those who are on razor thin budgets.

To add a little salt to the wound, I was recently make aware of the fact that some ticket collects make six-figure salaries.

WTF?

That is more than teachers, police officers….

A friend of mine half-jokingly wants to print up stickers stating their salaries and strategically placing them where the ridership can see. I think he should do it- they won’t stay up very long and he could get into trouble if he did it on TTC property but other places are fair game and as far as protest goes, pretty benign.

It doesn’t take a genius to know that continuing to raise the price under the guise of preserving the existing service (service that is spotty at best) is not sustainable.

Let’s try thinking out of the proverbial box.

Is there a better way? A better way to increase ridership and the influx of money to sustain the system we have or changing the system to make it more viable?

There are other urban issues at play, increasing urban density by allowing more laneway housing, keeping public transit costs low and making it more difficult and less attractive to drive but I digress.

There has to be a better way and these incessant rate hikes aren’t the answer but if history is anything to go by, the lovely people in charge at the TTC will continue to shoot themselves in the foot.

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~ by angryegg on November 22, 2009.

One Response to “The TTC Sucks”

  1. It’s been a rough few days for the TTC. Construction crews on ground level forced closure of the Yonge subway line last week, yesterday there was a fire in St. Patrick Station (I know because I could smell the smoke and had to leave the station) and this evening a streetcar blocked the way at Dundas/Sherbourne. Sadly, I also know this because I had to take a cab after watching all the Dundas cars diverting on Bay Street. They didn’t even think to inform all the passengers waiting at the Yonge stop. Sheesh!

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