Really is this where we’ve come! I’ve witnessed a lot of bullshit on public transit and have sadly grown quite accustomed to people’s newly found arrogance when riding the TTC. From seening kids duck their head down pretending not to notice the elderly women in front of them to shy to ask for the seat to people yelling at others for eating something on the train which repulsed the other.
Unless you live under a rock or have the luxury of driving a car and therefore haven’t heard about one TTC riders proposal to have riders with a stroller pay and xtra fare to ride on the TTC. Why? They take up time and space on vehicles.
The gist of the argument is that a stroller takes up the standing room of two to three adult passengers and therefore should result in extra fare or at least limiting the use of strollers on the TTC to non-peak hours – kinda like the rules they have for dogs: funny.
“Why don’t we have guidelines on baby strollers during peak times?” Ms. La Rosa asked commissioners. When strollers can take up three standing spaces or straddle two seats, she said they should be limited to two at rush hour and three at other times on any vehicle. “It’s a way of stopping confrontation on the TTC,” said Ms. La Rosa, who also asked commissioners to lower the age for a senior’s Metropass.
(via Globe and Mail)
After reading Ms. La Rosa’s little spiel I have to say I’m not surprised. This little excerpt shows a lot about the character of this woman.
First off she’s cheap. Cheap enough she’ll try arguing with the TTC board in order to lower the age of a seniors metropass so she’ll qualify and save a couple of bucks. It takes stupidity, guts or a combination of both.
Secondly and this one pisses me off “It’s a way of stopping confrontation on the TTC,”. Who in their right mind would start a confrontation with mother and her child? Besides a crusty old broad such as Ms. La Rosa.
Sure, parents bringing their strollers on buses can be a bit of a hassle and slow everyone down. But, we’re taking public transit remember that. It’s public meaning for everyone! And really if strollers on buses was such a prominent issue with the majority riders would it not have been brought up previously?
All this goes to show is the arrogance of some TTC riders nowadays who believe the TTC is their method of transit as opposed to the public. There are more important things the TTC has to take into account rather than damn strollers such as ensuring the damn 56 Leaside bus is on time for once!
Where do you stand with strollers on buses? Pro or no?
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