Make way for Thursday, the Thuriest of days. In the news: OneCity transit plan dismantled, the TTC releases unsurprising status updates, the TDSB considers GPS in maintenance vans, and some people are just plain mean.
If you hadn’t yet gotten around to the pile on your desk designated for “new new transit plans” and “newer new transit plans,” never fear. City council has lightened your transit homework by basically rejecting most of OneCity. After a long debate, council voted to do a few very measured and council-like things, including designating the east waterfront LRT a priority and a study of transit options for the city. Then Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) declared his brother, the mayor, back on the transit file. Then the mayor said nothing all day. So for those of you keeping score at home: nothing has changed.
In an effort to be ever more transparent, the TTC is releasing a daily scorecard that documents the reliability of transit services. The scorecard gives us a peek into the inner-workings of what must be complicated metrics put together by smarty-pants engineers. They do hold one important lesson: never trust a bus to be on time. The TTC’s goal for reliability on bus routes is 65 per cent. That’s the goal. That’s them shooting for the stars.
Since news broke that the Toronto District School Board might be overpaying for simple maintenance jobs, the board has been touchy about money. Now a staff report is making an only sort-of-creepy recommendation that all TDSB maintenance and construction trucks have GPS installed. We guess the goal is to creep workers out enough to keep them on target and maintain productivity, which is kind of a weird way to go about that goal. It’s as if these bosses have never heard of positive reinforcement through beer and ice cream sandwiches. As for ending the exclusive deal between the school board and the union of maintenance workers, the TDSB has said, not now.
And some news from the world of jerks. A Sikh elementary school in Brampton was spray-painted with racist comments and symbols. And a memorial set up on the side of the road for a teenager killed in an accident has twice been torn up and removed. Ugh.