Survivalist Toronto


A survivalist is a person who anticipates a potential disruption in the continuity of local, regional or worldwide society, and takes steps to survive in the resulting unpredictable situation.

With every new condo built downtown and with every widening of major highways outside of the GTA we see only a rise in congestion but no new solutions. For these we have to go for other options.

Obviously nothing will be done if funding cannot be figured out for the TTC or if new major roads are not built somehow and somewhere. And the tear down or rebuilding of the Gardiner is not what I am talking about either.

Articulated buses

I asked the other authors of this site about these buses and most remarked that they haven’t been seen for quite some time. My contact at the TTC tells me the reason for this is simply that they were too expensive to maintain properly. He also pointed out that about 50 articulated streetcars are still in use in Toronto.

Interestingly enough, Mississauga transit still runs these types of buses. They have less ridership and less frequent service than Toronto but are running buses that hold more people than what the TTC has.

Double Decker buses

Think that I am joking or that they look odd? Who cares if they hold more people! BC Transit runs some of these buses and they don’t look like they came from a large European island at all.

Guided buses

Since the TTC has not yet really announced what they plan to do with the outmoded SRT yet, if they don’t use a new LRT service on these tracks then maybe we have a huge express right of way for these Guided buses.

Silly or not we need to do something because we aren’t getting a proportional increase in roads along with people. Hell, we’re not even getting an incremental increase along with our rise in population.

3 Comments so far

  1. talk talk talk (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 1:58 pm

    When I ranted recently about TTC issues in the context of the recent election, James Bow, who writes extensively on transit issues, commented on the SRT. He wrote that the consultants came up with three options:

    “1. Upgrade the line to use Mark II Skytrain equipment: $350 million, plus no real hope for expansion.

    2. Upgrade the line to use new LRT vehicles: $450 million, and the SRT becomes the trunk line for an LRT network through Scarborough. Most Scarborough councillors now favour this option or a combination of 1 and 2.

    3. Extend the Bloor-Danforth subway along a different alignment: $1.1 Billion.”

  2. Sj (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 3:55 pm

    Those double deckers and articulated buses seem to make so much sense! Because anybody who takes the bus has experienced waiting for a bus with some space during rush hour. I’ve had to let 2 or 3 buses pass because I just couldn’t push my way into the bus! Is there even a way to speak up about this? I mean other than blogging about it that is.

  3. talk talk talk (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 5:25 pm

    I’m not sure. I long ago resigned myself to getting on bus/streetcar/subway train #3 during rush hour (or now even just before or after). I think I used to call the complaints line but got nowhere. Blogging is so much more satisfying!

    Miller said that once streetcars or buses have their own right of way or lane then this won’t happen anymore. Really? So how does he explain why subway trains also bunch up?

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