The TTC installed the first “Next Train Arrival” display at Dundas Station yesterday, with TTC Chair Adam Giambrone unveiling the addition to the OneStop screens. At the southbound platform, the text sat humbly along the bottom of the screen, as if it didn’t dare disturb the advertisements above. While Giambrone fully admitted that the TTC is often “one step behind” other transit systems, he said that they make up for it by giving “one hundred and twenty percent” when they do get around to improvements. He especially emphasized new exciting areas of TTC-related “e-commerce, e-mail alerts,” and other words beginning with “E.”
This is among the first improvements that may make the TTC begin to resemble North York’s well-liked VIVA transit. Giambrone also announced that similar displays would be installed at bus and streetcar stops beginning in 2009, with real-time information on the TTC (e-)website as well. While we still want the soothing blue seats of the VIVA and more time-based transfers like along St. Clair West, this is nevertheless a step towards making the TTC the Less Harrowing Way. And for the next ninety days, you have the pleasure of deciding whether to wait the five minutes or walk four blocks to St. Patrick Station.
Photo by Laura Sutula