On Monday, the TTC unveiled a survey that, in lieu of other public consultation, would be used to help the organization determine what cuts it may need to make this year. (For more on the TTC’s potential budget shortfall, see our interview with Adam Giambrone, the TTC’s documentation included with the survey, and Steve Munro’s excellent summary of the situation.) The problem is, the survey really isn’t that great: it’s too vague, too incomplete, and a little bit biased. In short, it’s not enough.
So, on the brilliant suggestion of reader Cy Goldsbie, we’ve decided to tweak the TTC’s survey to make it better, and re-release it to the public––not as an attempt to one-up the organization but as a way to help it out. Our reinvented survey has two pages: the first features the same questions as the TTC’s own survey, though they have all been tweaked; and the second page features a handful of questions that the TTC left off of its survey altogether. We’ve assembled it with the help of transit advocates Steve Munro and Joe Clark, as well as Torontoist staffers Chris Tindal, Jonathan Goldsbie, and Val Dodge. The survey is entirely anonymous, and all twenty-seven questions are optional. All told, completing it should take less than five minutes.
After the TTC ends its official survey on September 10, we’ll send them the complete data set from ours––plus, we’ll publish an entry with some of the most significant findings, and a complete summary of the whole thing. Until then, you can view the summarized set results here. It goes without saying, but the more people that fill out this survey the better, so please do spread the word.