Failings of Toronto Transit Commission Management
This pilot project disturbs me.
When you have a Surface Rail System billed as the Most-Heavily-Used Route in the city (after the two original subway lines) and upgrade it to mix it with Private Vehicular Traffic because right now, mixing the surface rail system with private vehicular traffic is not working, your first clue ought to be that mixing the surface rail system with private vehicular traffic is not working.
Either get rid of the surface rail system, or get rid of the private vehicular traffic.
You can get rid of the surface rail system by abandoning the idea of streetcars and replace them with buses, or send the rails (streetcar or trains) underground and give the surface back to private vehicular traffic.
You can get rid of the private vehicular traffic by banning it from King Street and telling them to use Queen, Richmond, Adelaide and Wellington.
And donít worry about the traffic flow. Like water, it finds its own level.
I have been walking past College Park twice a day for the past five years, sometimes in the morning on my way to get the Toronto Star from Ryerson University, sometimes in the afternoon on my way back from a Free Lunchtime Concert.
The other day I was struck by the shabbiness of the building. My photo, as usual, doesnít do it injustice, but I see the lowest floor as being grimy, almost black in places, with I suppose might be exhaust fume condensation.
The top floor appears to be pristine, but that might be a trick of the early-morning sunlight reaching the top floor but not the ground floor.
What does seem apparent is that some of the streaking is due to the Decorative and Functional Metal Fittings.