Transportation

TTC Ordered to Call Stops on Surface Routes

By Jason Leach
Published July 27, 2007

I can't believe this had to go to become a human rights issue in court.

After hearing a case by David Lepofsky, a blind lawyer who uses public transti in Toronto, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ordered the TTC to call out stops on its surface routes.

A similar ruling two years ago established calling stops on subway routes.

Is it not simply common sense to announce all stops on a city bus or subway?

Perhaps we should randomly take down some highway exit signs and leave motorists to figure it out themselves until the transit systems wake up and start providing the most basic of services.

Jason Leach was born and raised in the Hammer and currently lives downtown with his wife and children. You can follow him on twitter.

5 Comments

View Comments: Nested | Flat

Read Comments

[ - ]

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted July 27, 2007 at 13:51:58

I was on the Vaughan-Bathurst bus in Toronto just yesterday, and noticed that the driver was calling out the stops (albeit calling them as passive-aggressively as possible, with open contempt in his muttered utterings). I just assumed it was a new TTC policy, but this ruling explains why.

Some hilarious stuff in the Star article. I really enjoyed this passage:


Yesterday Lepofsky said it was outrageous it's taken the TTC so long to expand the policy above ground. "This case was so obviously a loser that they should not have fought it," he said.

"I hope, given our city's budget problems, the TTC won't spend any more of the taxpayers' dollars fighting this or appealing, and that they put their effort instead into properly serving TTC patrons with disabilities like mine," he added.

Permalink | Context

[ - ]

By councilwatch (anonymous) | Posted July 28, 2007 at 00:01:31

All stops on the Vancouver Sky Train are called in advance. What's the problem?

Permalink | Context

[ - ]

By pi (anonymous) | Posted July 29, 2007 at 13:54:06

I was on the Queen streetcar a few years back and the driver was calling out the stops. When he got to Shaw he called out "Shaw St! Queen Street Mental Health Centre! Where I think SOME of our passengers should be getting OFF!"

Permalink | Context

[ - ]

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted July 30, 2007 at 08:59:53

Why can't whomever needs advance warning of a stop just ask when they get on... "Can you please let me know when we get to whatever street?"

I do that when I'm on transit in a city that I'm not familiar with, it's not a big deal.

Permalink | Context

[ - ]

By squonk (anonymous) | Posted August 02, 2007 at 15:26:07

seancb: Because TTC drivers will forget that you asked. A lot. You have to sit there and pray that they haven't, and that you won't be unbelievably late for an appointment because the driver passed your stop ten minutes ago and you have to get off and wait for a bus going the other way. And then hope that *that* driver doesn't forget your stop.

Imagine never, ever being able to relax on transit because of this. And familiarity with the city has nothing to do with it--if you're unable to visually recognize street signs or landmarks, it can be very difficult to determine where your stop is, especially when some stops are skipped because no one requests them.

Solution: Drivers should call out every stop. You won't have to worry about being forgotten and you'll always know where you are.

Permalink | Context

View Comments: Nested | Flat

Post a Comment

You must be logged in to comment.

Events Calendar

Recent Articles

Article Archives

Blog Archives

Site Tools

Feeds