Transit delays suck. A signal issue or a stalled streetcar is all it takes to throw a wrench in your day, and you have zero control over when and where these things will happen. Thankfully, most of the time, Toronto commuters are pretty understanding about TTC delays. Frustrated, but not to the point of a meltdown. Unless it’s boiling outside and there's no air conditioning.
Lack of air conditioning on TTC vehicles has long been an issue for the TTC. There is truly nothing worse than getting onto a packed subway train during rush hour only to realize that you’ve stepped onto a giant metal tube without AC.
With Toronto in the grip of a heatwave, there's no shortage of these complaints from the city's transit riders. Here are just a few of the most recent examples:
I understand being stuck because of a fire but why power off the trains and turn off the air conditioning when it’s… https://t.co/vDU2vDYkoO— 🛸 Chase Kaiser🦩 (@🛸 Chase Kaiser🦩)1563548544.0
@TTChelps 2nd day in a row - no air conditioning on Line 3. TTC, you can do better! Car 3003.— Farhan Khalid (@Farhan Khalid)1563487652.0
#TTC adventures tonight. SB line 1 train I’m on is stopped not quite inside a tunnel at Summerhill, without power…a… https://t.co/Grwm8rGavm— Frysco (@Frysco)1563484249.0
It is way too fucking hot for these #ttc delays.... https://t.co/J5bzVccLgH— K (@K)1563543575.0
If I didn’t have a car this is the type of weather that I’d be ubering everywhere . Too hot for TTC and it’s nastiness— KHALEESI (@KHALEESI)1563543472.0
Hmmm get sweaty walking in 30+ or die from heat stroke waiting for the #ttc in easily 40+ on the platform?— Sam Hook (@Sam Hook)1563541207.0
Thanks for the leaky streetcars @TTChelps. It's so hot someone could totally use an ice cold shower 💦🚿 #toronto… https://t.co/K9pv1GZ08t— Nikita (@Nikita)1563551933.0
According to TTC communications specialist Stuart Green, overcrowing and sweltering outdoor temperatures can "compromise" the efficiency of the HVAC systems on trains, buses and streetcars.
“As we all know, it'll be steamy out there today. All our vehicles, with the exception of legacy streetcars, have HVAC systems that should be working. Please keep in mind, though, that with vehicles at capacity and doors opening frequently, the efficiency gets compromised,” Green tweeted out this Friday.
Green continued to say that if commuters notice that an HVAC system is not working correctly, they should reach out to TTC officials. Which many people have done already, many times as we can see.
As we all know, it'll be steamy out there today. All our vehicles, with the exception of legacy streetcars, have HV… https://t.co/BuE8Gy4yeH— TTCStuart 🚈🗣️ (@TTCStuart 🚈🗣️)1563545097.0
2/2 If you suspect an HVAC system failure, please make note of the vehicle number, the route and time, and advise… https://t.co/KDkigU5N93— TTCStuart 🚈🗣️ (@TTCStuart 🚈🗣️)1563545099.0
The lack of air conditioning became even more of an issue on Thursday afternoon when track maintenance and power outages led to extensive subway delays.
@TTCnotices Stuck underground near summerhill heading south. No air. Hurry up and fix the problem— justsaying (@justsaying)1563484582.0
@jennydubs333 @TTCnotices I'be been at Davisville since about 5:10 and the announcements say no service between Blo… https://t.co/MQzVXBse5Y— kat abraham (@kat abraham)1563485434.0
@TTCnotices https://t.co/XDj4S3wOFm— Michael Adia (@Michael Adia)1563486876.0
It’s nightmare commutes like these that really make you wish you could just stay home until the heatwave is over.