TTC Tales???

Had a “interesting” transit experience yesterday (but mine was barely an inconvience compared to others on my GO Train!). There was a medical emergency on my morning trip. I was amazed that I was only 30mins late and that Paramedics arrived as quickly as they did. It was also comforting that some fellow passengers helped out while waiting for them. Good job!

Got word that there was some sort of chemical spill or issue on the TTC today. Did any one here what happened there???

So often we take transit and the good work of the TTC and GO for granted. Let’s hope that in 2006 things only get better…

4 Comments so far

  1. geekigirl (unregistered) on February 8th, 2006 @ 2:48 am

    It was a Carbon Monoxide problem. No word where it came from though.

  2. Jam Master Jamie (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 12:26 am

    If by “So often we take transit and the good work of the TTC and GO for granted. Let’s hope that in 2006 things only get better…” you meant that you hope they jack up the fares again, I guess you got your wish. =)

    Seriously, come April it’s going to be just about as much money for a round-trip to work and home as it will be to park downtown. I love my morning commute because it’s fun and always interesting, but for this amount of money I may as well drive – it’ll get me there faster and I won’t have to deal with smelly people crowding my seat.

  3. Pablo (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 11:21 am

    I was on the platform at the Queen subway station when I saw a woman jump in front of an on-coming train. Luckily, the train was not going very fast and it missed her by at least 7 or eight feet. They handled this incident by lying to the public about what had happened.

    The train stopped; the passengers were told to exit the train; the lights went out on the train; and then the train departed the station. Police quickly took the woman away. A few minutes later, a TTC worker made an announcement: “They were experiencing electrical problems.”

    I understand why they did this. However, it was so surreal to hear dozens of newcomers to the scene, people had not witnessed the incident, grumble about poor maintenance and a lack of efficiency while I stood there knowing the truth. A few yards away an elderly woman, who had seen the young woman jump and had come very close to fainting, was being helped by her daighter out of the station.

    As more and more newcomers complained about the delay, I thought of the numerous times trains had been delayed because of electrical problems. How many suicide attempts had affected my daily routine without my knowledge? What would happen if someone bluntly announced that someone had tried to end their life today during the morning rush hour?

  4. abbas halai (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 12:23 pm

    the ttc and media refuse to make public the figures of suicide attempts in front of ttc trains. there are roughly 250 suicides in a year though, out of which roughly 20 or so are people jumping in front of trains.

    “TTC spokesperson Marilyn Bolton, gives a lecture in an interview on responsible and irresponsible journalism. In her view, reporters who publicize suicides bear the heavy moral burden of potentially causing more self-inflicted deaths by influencing others to take their own lives.

    Bolton fumes, “Reporting on suicides causes more suicides. Psychiatrists in this field will tell you that. I would hate to be the member of the community who causes people to kill themselves. How can the media face themselves?” (source)

    here’s a ttc and suicide story from NOW magazine from 2004.

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