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Duly Quoted: Karen Stintz

TTC Chair to Toronto drivers: no more parked cars blocking streetcars, please.

“Over the weekend, many TTC customers complained about parked cars blocking the streetcars in their tracks. I have asked the TTC CEO, Andy Byford, to review the protocol for dealing with cars that obstruct the streetcars tracks so that the cars can be moved expeditiously. However, City Hall can only do so much to regulate courtesy.”

—TTC Chair Karen Stintz (Ward 16, Eglinton-Lawrence), in a response to multiple delays caused during the most recent snowstorm by parked cars obstructing streetcars. “There were 102 incidents of cars blocking the streetcar tracks,” Stintz wrote, and those incidents added up “almost 50 hours of service delays.” In addition to her call for common courtesy, Stintz is asking staff to clarify policies around the declaration of snow emergencies. The City chose not to declare one last week, but if it had it would have enabled them to ban parking from major roads.

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  • tomwest

    We’re not asking drivers to be coutesous: we’re telling them to obey the law. There’s a lot City Hall can do to enforce those laws.

    • Glenn Storey

      but but but “the war on the car”.

  • Glenn Storey

    or -”don’t even think of putting your car where it blocks the streetcar tracks , ya stoopit selfish pig ignorant article”.

  • dsmithhfx

    Let’s put traffic underground where it won’t block up our streets. The private sector will pay for it.

    • Glenn Storey

      and i am marie of romania.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    That doesn’t go far enough, in my opinion. If there’s something – say 5 feet of snow – occupying the space, it’s not available as a parking space. Ticket and tow for illegal street parking, whether or not it’s blocking tracks.

    • Anonymous416

      This, exactly. Prime example: College between Bathurst and the Little Italy BIA. Parking bays are full of snow, since the City didn’t plow them. Bike lanes are full of snow, since people were parking on top of them. So now people are parking cars half-way in the travel lane, a full 12 feet away from the curb.

      And this is tolerated!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=592080914 facebook-592080914

    what the hell does this have to do with courtesy? what a gutless response. in montreal, they would tow you in a second. they know how to live with snow. how does one ass with a car trump a streetcar full of dozens of people?

    • Glenn Storey

      you’d have to ask robby. send him a text. he’s in his car, he’ll have time to read it.

      • Wally

        Isnt it interesting how quickly they can tow cars during rush hour on main thoroughfares like the Danforth. But when it’s blocking a streetcar all of sudden our hands are tied? What a crock.

  • OgtheDIm

    They have to go with the courtesy word first.

    Cause Robbie and DMW would have a bird if they actually told people not to park on streets during a snow storm.

  • iSkyscraper

    Would really enjoy it if someone could call into Rob’s radio show on Sunday and ask why he did not declare a snow emergency to clear streetcar routes of parked cars, especially when Boston did exactly that. He would probably state something about SUV’s having right of way over streetcars.

    • https://paul.kishimoto.name/ Paul Kishimoto

      The governor of Massachusetts declared all driving illegal for 24 hours, and the ‘T’ shut down for more than that…almost 48 hours, I think. We also got twice as much snow as Toronto over the weekend.

      I don’t think a snow emergency is necessary, I think people just need to NOT park in front of streetcars.

  • wklis

    The city of Hamilton declared a snow emergency on Friday. That’s Hamilton, Ontario not Hamilton, Bermuda! Yet Rob Ford was busy answering calls that should have been handled by the 311 operators. Too bad that Rob makes a good 311 operator (overpaid 311 operator), but not much of a mayor.

    Look at the whole picture not individual problems. Make sure there is no reduction in staff at 311, else next time he will have to handle more calls.

  • iSkyscraper

    In New York they created a real-time tracking map for plows so that problems could be identified and residents could see how their dollars were being spent.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/plownyc-real-time-snow-cleaning-info-online-article-1.1259230

    Meanwhile, Toronto gets a city-hating, do-nothing mayor whose only goal is to do even less.

  • http://twitter.com/MarkJull Mark Jull

    I’m not convinced this was problem of courtesy, but a problem of ignorance. My guess is that many of the people who parked didn’t realize they’d be blocking a streetcar.

    • Paul

      It’s a problem of entitlement and selfishness, mostly. I’d guess that many of the people who parked honestly didn’t give a shit about inconveniencing others.

  • ladyday001

    I don’t really know why we didn’t just declare a snow emergency and make major thoroughfares no parking zones for the weekend while snow clearing operations were happening. Boston did, worked for them.

  • Chris

    The perfect solution would be to eliminate all street cars and bring in buses. Why a great metropolitan city like Toronto still using antiquated streetcars is beyond me.

    • tomwest

      Each streetcar would require at least three buses to provide the same capacity, which would increase costs. Why do you hate taxpayers so much?