2016-07-25 Mon

The Toronto Transit Commission Screws up Again

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I must confess that I didn’t see this coming, but there again, I’m not charged with systems development (or not!) in the Toronto Transit Commission.

Less than a year has passed since a sympathy/vote-getting announcement was made that “children under 12 can ride free”. Of course this is marvelous for those with families, but older people like me reflect on the past and salvage what we can from our memories.

When I was your age ... If a child was small enough to fit on a lap, then the fare was waived. The child could e sat on a seat, but as the bus filled up, a parent would grab the child and place it on their lap, freeing up the east for an older person.

No wait! There’s more!!

As children, we were told (not taught) to vacate a seat for an older person. Especially if the older person was a woman. And “older” meant ten years older; that was old enough.

Today is an age of entitlement, and today everybody seems to believe that they, and their offspring, are entitled to the world. The attitude seems to be “I paid for a ticket for my child and so my child has the right to a seat”.

Now that children can ride for free, it only SEEMS that there are fewer seats available for old fogeys like me.

But I digress.

The Toronto Transit Commission has noticed that (Shock! Horror!!) some people are trying to game the system; yet again. This time by sneaking in under the 12-year-old limbo bar.

Why are we surprised? As long as there are fares to be paid, there will be fare-evasion.

The Toronto Transit Commission admits that the discount may be removed (i.e. “we acted too hastily”)

A second reason is the turnstiles which will be activated only by a Presto card with a magnetic strip. Well, OK. We didn’t have tickets with a magnetic strip when I was a kid, but they have been in use in cities around the world for at least the past 35 years. What, you may wonder, have they been doing with children and turnstiles in Paris Lo! These past 35 years? Has anyone asked them?

Did anyone in the Toronto Transit Commission think to email their friends and colleagues around the world to ask them what happens in their home-city?

Construction Sites - Isabella and Huntley streets

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Our fourteenth construction site is on the way to one of my favorite supermarkets.

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Continuing my walk to the No-Frills at Bloor and Huntley street, here is a site that has been under construction for over a year.

The crane has disappeared. Perhaps this is a rare event – a building construction site that isn’t a 70-storey condominium. I didn’t know that they still built three-storey buildings in Toronto.