There are all kinds of methods by which TTC could improve
service, methods that do not require testing beyond the proven real-world
success other systems not far away already deploy. One topic with many
opportunities is fare.
TTC advertisements are revealing that it is the most underfunded big city
transit system. While
that is annoying itself, for reasons that demand the extended attention of a
longer exploration, it confirms that TTC has got to get creative and resourceful
to find additional sources of funding. I'm
not sure what's in the fine print of the by-laws, but it would seem to me a
very good idea would be to expand the TTC landlord empire, collecting rents for
increased retail tenants within the system.
Last night I attempted to
engage a TTC bus operator in a conversation that could have the potential of
saving not only his life, but that of his colleagues, as well as the productive
lives of commuters.