Yesterday the TTC unveiled its new automated bus stop announcements service on all buses on the 28 Davisville and 11 Bayview routes. Presumably those travelling to and from the CNIB on Bayview benefit the most from this service. The plan is to put these on all buses at $2500 per vehicle. My heart likes the way the TTC is moving to become a more accessible service.
And at $1500 a bus, the TTC announced that 35 Jane will be the bus to pilot new security cameras that monitor people at both the front and rear doors as they enter and exit. Last fall an 11-year old girl was hit with a stray bullet on a TTC bus, and despite it being full of people, no witnesses came forward. My heart says cameras are bad, and create a culture of fear.
The TTC has 1500 buses. You can’t have one, but you can have one of the old subway garbage bins the TTC recently removed from several stations with fears they’d be an ideal hiding spot for a bomb. They’re to be replaced by a transparent solution. In the mean time, people are lining up their McDonald cups along the platform back walls. You can pick up your bin at Tommy Thompson Park.
What would be the best piece of art in Toronto, if it didn’t have ads on it, has been spotted at TTC collector booths around the city. That is, the Fall 2005 Ride Guide. It now includes VIVA routes.
The TTC want to chat with you about the new Downsview Station to Steeles Avenue subway extension. Meet up with them Oct 2 and Oct 6. See the details.
Spacing’s wire highlights some interesting to scale subway maps. I’ve embedded Toronto’s maps in this post.