Last night, CP24 premiered a new show featuring TTC Chair Adam Giambrone talking about the transit system and fielding calls/texts/emails from viewers. Giambrone’s guest for the evening was Mitch Stambler, TTC’s Manager of Service Planning.
Their show, broadcast live from a streetcar looping via Queen, Spadina, College/Carlton and Parliament, touched on many issues but none of them deeply.
Right off the top, CP24’s Anne Rohmer asked about the pending fare increase. Giambrone replied that fares had to go up to maintain and improve service, but that he was concerned about the proposed jump in Metropass pricing, the fare that affects the majority of adult rides taken on the system. By now, they had reached Rohmer’s stop, and the rest of the evening was the Adam & Mitch Show.
A brief cutaway took us to Roncesvalles Division’s CIS control room, the location where all streetcar routes are managed. I was amused by a comment about how they short turn cars to ensure regular service on the trips back into town. This is precisely the sort of problem raised by a later caller, but the irony of that focus on the central part of lines was lost on all but the alert viewers. The quick tour also stopped off at Harvey Shops where the CLRV overhaul is in progress.
CP24 did their usual bit of playing over-the-top music for this segment. It may be their style, but it got in the way.
The first question from a caller concerned accessibility. This set the pattern for much of what would follow — an answer that really didn’t fully address the question. After a commercial break, the show returned to a different topic, but picked up on accessibility again eventually. We heard too much about how complicated it all is and not enough about when things would actually happen (not to mention the effect of recent capital budget cuts on the TTC’s plans). Continue reading