Today, just during the morning rush hour, the TTC system shut down, virtually completely. And everyone lost their minds. And I'm sic...
It was a particular nasty shutdown - most of the communication system crashed, meaning that virtually all TTC vehicles were unable to get instructions from headquarters. The response was immediate and, by Canadian standards, vigorously irrational. The hashtag #ttcfail is trending.
And the media are complaining that no one at TTC is communicating with the public. Hmm; maybe it's because everyone's too busy trying to fix it?
Here are some facts:
- The TTC is grossly underfunded, receiving less operating funds than virtually any other public transit system. (See for instance here and here for more info.) And it's not a small difference either - it's between 30% and 300% or more.
- The TTC is one of the most well-respected, effective, and efficient systems on the planet.
- After years of neglect and abuse by politicians (and, by extension, the citizenry who vote those politicians into office), the TTC is doing massive upgrades throughout its system - a system that is already fault intolerant by nature.
- The distribution of idiots and incompetents is fairly even throughout all sectors, of all cultures, globally.
Taken together, this clearly shows that anger by TTC riders is entirely misplaced and absolutely stupid.
To those people who think their existence is so important, GET A CLUE! Get informed, get a life, and stop your bitching; it's not helping, and it's breaking the balls of those of us who are trying to work towards a better system.
You want to help? Next time you go out to vote, vote for someone who cares about public transit.
And if you don't want to help, then climb back under whatever rock you came from.