2016-12-18 Sun


If I ever get run over by a Taxi-Cab in Toronto, chances are strong that it will be a Beck taxi that does me in. There seem to be, and I believe that there are, more Beck taxis than all the other companies put together.

Suppose that eighty-percent of taxis are Beck taxis, then there is an eight-out-of-ten chance that the next taxi to cross my path will be a Beck Taxi. Statistically, Beck taxis have it in for me. They are most visible.

So it is normal for me to curse ďBeck TaxisĒ more often than not when some Idiot Taxi Driver annoys me.

And it was a Beck Taxi driver who came to a stop before the crosswalk this morning when the crossing lights were green for me, then rolled forwards to block the crosswalk completely while I was on it, forcing me to walk around the front, or the more dangerous rear, of the tax in order to complete my crossing of College Street.

I wasnít annoyed so much at the Driverís Insolence, as his inability to realize that his first, previous, next and last Customers would all be Pedestrians.

No taxi-driver ever picks up a car-driver as a fare.

Taxi-drivers pick up only pedestrians as a fare.

That makes the pedestrian the primary, indeed the Sole Source of Income, for the taxi-driver.

Why do taxi-drivers go out of their way to annoy their Sole Source of Revenue?

The Presto System (as in ďHey, itís not Presto after allĒ)

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As if we needed more evidence of the Lunacy of the Metrolinx non-agency and the Presto card system.

Ben Spur claims that Robert Hollis of Metrolinx claims that ...

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... the Metrolinx Agency has no way of knowing the value of the Toronto Transit Commission tokens at the time they were bought.

I can tell him!

When those tokens were bought, their value was that of a Toronto Transit Commission ride.

It doesnít matter at all whether they were bought ten years ago for two dollars, five years ago for two dollars and fifty cents, or last year for three dollars.

Their value at the time they were bought was equivalent, exactly equivalent, to something known as ďthe Single-Fare Cost of Riding on the Toronto Transit CommissionĒ.

If the Toronto Transit Commission has by now jacked prices up to ten dollars (Oh! How they wish!), then each token is worth ten dollars.

Itís called Inflation.

Itís also called Stockpiling, which is why the Toronto Transit Commission had that Swindle known as ďExpired Seniors and Students TicketsĒ, because, well, waddyaknow, seniors and students were buying swathes of tickets against the day that prices would go up. This was a better-Guaranteed Investment than anything on Bay Street, and if Robert Hollis of Metrolinx isnít aware of it, he should go back to financial school.

The Presto system is owned by Metrolinx, the agency that decided to ignore better system (also known as ďSystems that workĒ) as used by other cities, of which the IlÍ de France with its Navigo card is but one.

The Presto system is owned by Metrolinx, the agency that decided to develop its own system which is by now Plagued with Operational Problems.