In between all the debate about bus technology, how to run proper transit service, and where to spend the next billion dollars, there are little things that show the bad side of the TTC.
Several people, including me, comment about the lack of proper signage for diversions, special events, maintenance and so forth. I thought that the sign at Queen’s Quay station, in the dead of winter, telling people about paying their fare at Union was aged, but at Chester Station, we are approaching a record.
At the top of the stair down to the westbound platform, there is a sign advertising the closing of Gerrard Street east of Coxwell for track repairs to start in April 2006. This is right beside a freshly installed sign advertising the subway diversion at Museum Station.
Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen, for how many subway diversion signs will still be scattered around the system a month, three months, a year after the diversion is just a memory. Assuming, of course, that the railfans don’t liberate them as souvenirs.
I don’t know by how many people and how many times the suggestion of “best by” dates has been made to the TTC. Put a “remove after April 1, 2007” [insert appropriate date] line on every poster, and instruct staff to tear down any sign that’s past its time. Is this so difficult? Will it take a million-dollar media consulting contract to implement? I (and many others) are giving the TTC this idea for free, pro bono, hoping that someday we will only see notices that we should actually read.
Yes, it’s a small thing, a tiny thing beside making the Queen car run even close to reliable service, but it shows how simple suggestions are ignored. How many others that might give us a better system suffer the same fate?