TTC riders have had to put their patience to the test this week. From delay to excruciating delay, long lineups in the cold and cramped shuttle buses, Toronto commuters have been through it all. But, if you thought that the end of the extreme cold alert would mean an end to TTC delays, I'm sorry to tell you that you're gravely mistaken.
The TTC announced at 7:30 AM Thursday morning that there was a southbound delay at Museum station. The reason, according to the TTC's media relations specialist Stuart Green, was "a broken signal on Line 1 [southbound] at Museum Stn., that is creating a backlog of trains coming into the core." Shuttle buses have been deployed from Eglinton to Union Stations to supplement subway service.
However, based on the flood of angry tweets since the morning rush began, the TTC's extra efforts to get people to work on time have proven to be futile - again.
Take a look at what rush hour on the Yonge line was like this morning:
The Yonge subway, ladies and gentlemen. pic.twitter.com/YKIFtRvqSb— Alex Forgay (@AlexForgay) January 24, 2019
Very challenging commute on the #TTC this morning. Staff are doing their best to respond. Additional capacity and signal upgrades can’t come soon enough. Must be coupled w sustainable operating dollars from government partners. #topoli pic.twitter.com/cOaZtFjl6o— Brad Bradford✌️ (@BradMBradford) January 24, 2019
Several people have deemed this the worst week ever on the TTC, and I must admit that the photo and video evidence proves it true. One train operator even reportedly apologized for the colossal disaster that the last four days have been.
TTC operator on the subway apologized for how bad the commutes have been this week. That’s a new one. Appreciate the sentiment, but that’s all it is.— Matt Padanyi (@MattPadanyi) January 24, 2019
@TTC @Metrolink @TTCchair @toronto @JohnTory The TTC is becoming a failure today service majorly disrupted and they can’t even coordinate passengers to shuttle buses. But someone decides east and west along line along eglinton when you really need another north south line into TO— LJ (@LordTwoChord) January 24, 2019
Finally out at #QueensPark station— Dr. Hal Berman (@BermanNDP) January 24, 2019
Almost 2 hours for a commute that took me 20 minutes 2 years ago. For #Shame!#TTC, you made me miss an important meeting, a conference call, and I am rushing to my next meeting
Your service tells me:
Next time,if it’s important, #TakeTheCar
According to their budget proposal for 2019, the TTC plans to raise Presto and token fares by ten cents this year.
They also plan to hire 45 additional fare inspectors and 22 more transit enforcement officers to ramp up their efforts to prevent fare evasion. But, after all that the TTC has put us through this week, isn't a couple free rides the least we deserve?