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By Kirk Verner
July 4th/2009 11:14 p.m.
The 60C bus rattles loudly down Yonge Street as I sit in a scotch-induced haze; I’m heading home after a long night in the studio. I’m sitting in the back half of the bus, staring at a middle-aged Asian man with a curly, black mullet and a brown leather jacket. He seems suspicious to my keen sense for the unusual. He nibbles at his fingernails; a hideous habit he seems to have a problem with. I simply continue to watch the man, I guess trying to make him feel even more uncomfortable than he already appears.
He turns his head quickly towards me, and attempts to look deep inside of my mind; he will not win a stare-down against me. He quickly turns back to his original position and begins toying with something that is sitting on the seat next to him. He makes sure his back is concealing whatever it may be that is sitting between him and the smudged window.
The automated voice of the bus announces that Steeles Avenue is approaching; I remain fixated on the sketchy Asian man. He seems lost as he frantically looks out his window, searching for a landmark or possibly a street sign. He reaches up towards the yellow bus-cable, pulls the cord, and stands up in preparation to exit the bus that slows down. The back door opens and the man rushes off. He takes a quick look at me through the closing back door; I am still examining him. Neither of us shows any emotion as our encounter is terminated due to the proceeding bus.
I chuckle to myself as I think of what has just occurred. I reach inside of my backpack and pull out my portable CD player and commence my music. As I grin from the music now playing in my ears, I glance over to the now vacant seat that was just occupied by my new Asian friend. I see what the man was toying with. A white bra with purple polka-dots sits crumpled beside an orange pair of women’s underwear. The skimpy underwear is not that of a child, but certainly not that of an elder woman; they must belong to a teenager or a young lady. What was that man doing with these?
My over-active imagination immediately begins brewing up a scenario that may or may not be far from fiction. I think of the last story I heard of an Asian man on a bus; the horrible monster, Vincent Lee.
Perhaps the underwear belongs to his daughter? Maybe he’s just returning home from the laundry mat? But it is now almost 11:30 p.m.? Maybe the man is a transvestite? Or maybe, just maybe, I was sitting beside a murderer? I could now be sitting mere feet from his trophies and or potential criminal evidence.
The strange thought gusts out of my mind as I once again hear the automated voice of the bus announce my stop. I hastily gather myself as I peek once more at the lost underwear before exiting the 60C bus.
I think it would be a perfect time for a killer to dispose of a body in Toronto. There’s a garbage strike. Now two weeks in, it would be plenty long enough for a body to decompose beyond recognition. Perhaps buried in a pile of maggot infested garbage bags, in a happy Toronto park, rests the owner of this underwear.
Please note: “fair is correctly spelled fare in the case of the TTC.”
What a shame the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is hiking fairs, again. With the low, low price of $3.00, you can travel the city. You can go to the glorious Korean shops up at Yonge and Steeles, you can go to see a colourful array of humans in Scarborough, you can shop at The Eaton Centre, you can see the beautiful red brick solid homes of Etobicoke. All this for $3.00 CDN – what a deal!
Now, if you are really, really, really, and I mean really, really pissed off with the TTC hike – blade, bike, jog, motor, roll, scoot, skate or walk. A wonderful woman I will be speaking to on Sunday afternoon reminded me of what a blessing it is able to even walk. She works with students who cannot. Think of every time you have noticed the inconvenience that someone in a wheelchair goes through trying to get on the TTC or the groans of other passengers who are delayed for about exactly 70 seconds while someone puts their bike on the convenient front racks of those bossy buses.
If you can afford it, and you have become as fed up with the TTC as I did – leasing a car is an option. Renting a car is an option, as well as being a part of a car club. You can even rent bikes for Heaven’s sake. Toronto is a fantastic city and please enjoy your ride on it. That bus is helping you to get to where you need to be, to see people you either love or hate, or somewhere in between, as well as most importantly – taking you to your lucky gift of work so you can pay the darn fair.
By Chris Temelkos
I, like many, spend most of my time getting around Toronto by way of public transit. Sure, it gets me to where I want to go, but at what cost. It seems a though a day doesn’t go by without there being some sort of delay on the subway. If it’s not a delay it’s the poor customer service or long wait times. I can’t believe I pay for such a service.
As I headed out this morning, I managed to make it half way to my destination before we were all evacuated from the train and told shuttle buses would be arriving. Yes, good old shuttle buses, you wait a few hours for one but are unable to get on due to overcrowding and by the time you do get on, either half your day has passed or the subway is back in service.
The buck doesn’t stop there, I often find myself waiting for the bus for over half an hour, even when it’s not rush hour. Not fun when your traveling long distances, by the time I reach my destination I feel jet-lagged and I wasn’t even on a plane. You would think that all these problems would leave TTC employees sympathetic and courteous to customers, but no, the TTC motto must be ‘the customer is always wrong.’
In order for the TTC to substantiate their constant fare hikes, service needs to be improved greatly and some employees need to have better training in customer service. When these aspects change, maybe the TTC will be the better way.
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Another blow to the TTC’s image on Wednesday as a bus driver has been arrested for assaulting a passenger.
Police say an 18-year old man was pushed into a window during a fare dispute on a Lawrence Avenue west bus at around 10:45 on Wednesday morning.
The confrontation began when the teen failed to show his student card with his fare.
The victim, Ricardo Jardim, told CTV News that the driver challenged Jardim to hit him and then smashed his head into the bus window.
The union declined to comment on the incident.
Jardim’s injuries are said to not be serious.
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A TTC driver who had her license suspended Friday will have the suspension lifted at 4 p.m. this afternoon pending an ongoing TTC and police investigation.
The driver, whose name has not been released, was pulled over on Dawes Road near Danforth Avenue Friday afternoon after rider complaints that her driving was erratic. Toronto Transit Commission spokesman Kevin Carrington has said that the driver was suspended for three days without pay.
When given a roadside breathalyzer test, the driver was found not to be over the legal limit, however, it was found that she had consumed enough alcohol to test the range of .05 to .08, justifying a 72-hour license suspension.
According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, a blood alcohol level concentration over .05 has the potential to decrease a driver’s ability to determine colours, depth, and motion, as well as a decreased ability, perform simple motor functions and create a slower reaction time in incidents.
“The TTC doesn’t condone any form of intoxication from any of our employees. Public intoxication and driving intoxicated is against the law, and we conduct our business as such,” Carrington said.
Julie Tyios has joined nine other business and community representatives who will help review the TTC’’s customer-service practices.
Tyios will help Steve O’Brien, a Toronto hotelier, with the review in the hopes of giving the transit system a little more humanity. She is the CEO of an online marketing firm called Red Juice Media.
TTC officials announced an online invitation on Feb. 18 for riders to post on Twitter what should be brought to the panel. O’Brien has reviewed the resumes of the top tweeters.
The panel will also include an executive from WestJet as well as officials from Go Transit and the Montreal transit system.
Matt Blackett, the publisher of Spacing magazine, said that this was a good opportunity to give real input.
“That’s the mandate of Spacing, to help make Toronto better,” Blackett said. “Each time I present them they say, ‘This is a great idea,’ and that’s the end of it.”
Blackett convinced the TTC to create the stop button Spacing created. At the time Blackett noted that the transit officials were reluctant to even listen to his pitch. Today there are about 120 000 of those buttons in circulation.
Blackett would like to see maps on streetcars, maps in the subway with bus route numbers as well as more technology implemented faster.
The panel will meet this Friday. They are expected to give recommendations by June.