The Better Way?

eatingonttc.jpgI hate to be negative, but when did the TTC become a restaurant?

And look at the poor guy smushed in beside this woman. Wouldn’t it be nice if her eating didn’t interfere with his space?

I can’t stand riding the TTC and there are many reasons why. Over the years, not only have I watched (AND LISTENED TO) people chomping away on food or gum with their mouths wide open, but I’ve also been privvy to:

  1. People putting on their make-up (something I mistakenly thought was a personal function to be done in the privacy of your own home).
  2. Listening to others’ iPods or Walkmen, even though I had no interest in hearing their music.
  3. Hearing entire phone conversations. I can tell you that the woman beside me today called not one, but three people while she sat beside me. And I can tell you her name and that she was going to give someone a piece of her mind (let’s hope she could spare it).
  4. Someone’s leg on my seat because they certainly didn’t want to confine their legs to their own seat.
  5. Backpacks in my face.
  6. And let us not forget the person who stands in the aisle yelling out psalms, in between curses at “the man”, who will not shut up regardless of what people say to her.

I am hoping to find a job somewhere up by where I live. Somewhere I can drive to. I believe that calling the TTC ‘The Better Way’, is false advertising since it only makes me feel hostile. What’s better about that?

14 Comments so far

  1. Adam S (unregistered) on August 10th, 2005 @ 2:01 pm

    It’s unfortunate that many people don’t realize that in doing all of these things, you are really holding other passengers hostage, especially with cellphone conversations.

    More often than not on the Go train, if something bothered me, I’d just move cars or seats. It’s really not worth the frustration or time to get mad or bothered by it.

  2. jafer (unregistered) on August 10th, 2005 @ 2:06 pm

    I agree Adam, there are many times where I’ve just moved seats.

    But the bottom line is… why should I have to? When did ignorance become the norm over common courtesy?

  3. Adam S (unregistered) on August 10th, 2005 @ 2:29 pm

    I’m not sure, but I guess I’ve just considered this one of the sacrifices in taking public transit. I get a decently priced trip, relatively stress free (granted, in my contained little iPod world), and I also take comfort in the fact that I’m not polluting when using transit.

  4. Aaron (unregistered) on August 10th, 2005 @ 3:37 pm

    People rarely take off their backpacks here in Montreal, and it’s also a pain when one has to plough through people to leave the trains.

    It’s hard enough to change ourselves so forget about attempting to fix others’ obliviousness.

    Take care, and I think the thunderstorm’s about to hit us as well.

  5. Eli (unregistered) on August 11th, 2005 @ 2:29 pm

    I think it’s ok to use your mobile phone on the TTC, as long as you talk in a quiet voice.

    Granted, this is only on a moderatly busy vehicle. When they’re really packed, doing anything more than taking up space is just plain obnoxious.


  6. NAFTA_public_transit_rider (unregistered) on August 11th, 2005 @ 11:21 pm

    Here in DC there is a rule about eating on the metro. They should maybe instigate that rule on the TTC. It is irritating to sometimes find sticky spilled cans of soda on the seat or on the floor. Plus, you don’t want to encourage additional passengers (ie. cockroaches and such) on the system. However, I don’t want to see people getting arrested for having a quick bite b/c they are on the run in this fast paced world. If people were more courteous about what they do, like taking their trash with them when they leave the bus, streetcar or train.

    But what do you do about those pesky wandering hands? They have those here in DC too – esp. when the train is packed. A friend said she was being grinded by a guy with a hard-on from behind. Worse is being pickpocketed which happened to me in Mexico City on a packed subway. The kicker is that my wallet was in my front pocket.

    So there are worse things than taking the TTC.

  7. photojunkie (unregistered) on August 12th, 2005 @ 10:49 am

    Isn’t the fact that you invaded “their private space” by taking their picture an invasion by you?

    I quite enjoy the quirks of riding transit, watching the silly things people will do. It provides entertainment.

    Imagine how boring the transit ride would be if everyone was sedate.

  8. shy (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 3:57 pm


    personally, people like that are just asking for their photos to be taking. please. if you do something like that, it just calls out for attracting attention.

    as for having a more boring transit-ride, that would be ideal for me. i just want to be left alone to read a book. i don’t need some one trying to show me their penis or perhaps some one else trying to grab my leg. thank you very much.

  9. suzanne (unregistered) on August 24th, 2005 @ 8:50 am

    You don’t know annoying until you have people using “chirpie” phones…with those, you can hear both sides of the conversation because they’re walkie-talkies.

    Those are rather popular in Philadelphia.

  10. wyn (unregistered) on August 26th, 2005 @ 6:31 pm

    i think the lack of courtesy is just a sign of the times, unfortunately. ttc is a great transit system otherwise – it’s relatively clean, efficient, and new. in l.a., it’s positively horrific, and even a bit scary as it’s not exactly the common mode of transportation. everyone should immerse in reading a book/paper and/or music and mind their own business. and just banning eating on the trains would be so much easier. you will never get people to pick up after themselves, alas.

  11. Jason Y (unregistered) on August 29th, 2005 @ 3:02 am

    I can’t believe you harp on about all the “private” things people do on the public TTC and to illustrate your point you stick a phonecam in someone’s face. What a hypocrite.

  12. jafer (unregistered) on August 29th, 2005 @ 11:34 am

    Thanks for your input Jason Y at nomail.

    Although I usually ignore people who don’t leave contact info and just post to try to insult, I’ll respond to your comment.

    Taking a picture of someone has never been a “private” thing performed in one’s kitchen or bedroom, such as eating and putting on makeup.

    I don’t ever “stick my phonecam in someone’s face”, I sit across from the ignorant offenders and take my picture from there. I am not ignorant enough to stick it in their faces.

    I don’t think I “harped on” about anything. There was a subject matter and I wrote about it.

    The definition of hypocrite is: a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he does not hold.

    I believe everything I say Jason Y at nomail, or I wouldn’t post it.

    And I’ll probably take a picture again of the next offensive person I encounter on the TTC. It’s a more peaceable solution than smashing them in the head with a baseball bat.

  13. Disgusted (unregistered) on October 4th, 2005 @ 8:27 pm

    May I add to your list: people who clip their nails, people who push you in just to fight for a seat, people who leave their newspapers on the seats, and people who stare at you in the most perverted way possible.

  14. Stephen Jacobs (unregistered) on October 4th, 2005 @ 9:25 pm

    Weird, for me I am usually happy that someone left a newspaper (Depending on how and where they left it) on a seat. Whenever I forget to pick one up I always know I can find ONE on a seat somewhere. I see in the morning people ready to pounce when a guy is getting off and puts down the free Metro on his seat. After he rises there is this quick grab motion and BAM the paper dissapears.

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