So I was planning to start this post off with some cool Haiku about my commuting problems, or even a short poem, but nothing, nothing, will communicate how I truly feel about subwaying it, in all its delaying/security/emergency/track level issues, downtown to school. Only this will:
Please, share in my pain.
I really don’t know what to say about the T-T-C. I mean, I’m dependent on it. I don’t have a car, so I need to use the subway to get everywhere, especially to school. And, it seems every time I’m on it, every time, there is always some sort of delay, issue and whatnot. Why, I ask. Fees have increased, technology has evolved. I am left in the TTC dark.
Ok, I admit, I *may* sound a bit harsh. Some of the delays are do to health emergencies of the passengers or even security issues aboard trains. But, I don’t get why the whole network has to stop to wait for the proper personnel to arrive. I just don’t get it.
So, my fellow thousands of students who commute to school who use public transport, let us rally together and arm ourselves against the TTC.
1) Plan for the worst: budget some extra time for your daily commute so you won’t be late for wherever you are going. I’d say an extra 15 minutes, but then again, the TTC loves to surprise us with much longer delays. I admit I always fail to do this because, as the bulk of my commute is early in the morning, I just can’t summon the strength to get out of the bed. I love sleep. When you are stuck, break out a book or course materials so you can use that time to your advantage.
2) The TTC app: ironically, while the TTC’s own technology fails to serve its customers, it has decided to partake in technology to alert them of schedule changes, delays etc. Search your respective phone/android apps and you will find it.
3) Have a plan B, as in plan Bus: Know your bus routes. As soon as you can confirm super long delays, high tail it outta there. Major lines like Yonge have a Yonge bus. Know the times it stops at each subway stop.
Next time you are late to class, meeting a friend or work, don’t feel embarrassed to blame the “you know what.” It happens to all of us.
http://www.ttc.ca/Routes/index.jsp TTC Schedule for its various routes