DAVE AGAR

Friday, July 4th Commentary

Posted By: Dave Agar · 7/4/2014 6:39:00 AM





TTC

If you've ever seen a TTC bus or streetcar in a collision, you know the TTC brass is there in a hurry but it takes a while before traffic gets moving again.  A TTC manager goes to every scene and determines whether the collision was "preventable" or "not preventable."

There's one TTC driver who has been in 30 crashes in the last 5 years.  27 of them classified as "non-preventable."

Frankly that number sounds incredibly high but the number that will really raise your eyebrows is this:

In the last 5 years,  TTC vehicles have been involved in nearly 18-thousand collisions.  Nearly 5-thousand classified as "preventable."

It sure sounds like a lot but keep in mind, the TTC has 18-hundred buses and 2-hundred-47 streetcars that travel a hundred-50-million kilometres a year.  53-hundred drivers.  18-thousand crashes and you know a lot of drivers have no crashes at all.

I am glad the Toronto Star has brought this to light but we need more context.  I agree with Denzil Minnan-Wong, the chair of city council's Public Works Committee....we need to understand why, who and how many truly lousy TTC drivers there are in the system and what becomes of them.  Spokesman Brad Ross says drivers classified as dangerous are either fired or taken off the road.

 

DVP

Just about any time we get a heavy rain in Toronto, the Don Valley Parkway floods at the bottom.

It happened 9 days ago and there was some talk at the time that maybe we should look at doing something about the problem.

It seems there is active consideration underway.

Toronto’s transportation boss Stephen Buckley says that along with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, they're studying solutions including raising the road level in the dip so it can't flood.   To me that sounds like a very expensive proposition.  Buckley also says they're looking at creating reservoirs, putting up flood walls along the river....maybe installing check valves or even making the Don River deeper and wider at that point.

I'm not thrilled with the idea of raising the roadway.  Aside from the cost it would also mean rerouting traffic for who knows how long and you know the environmentalists would get involved...as they should, to ensure wildlife are protected.   But that just sounds like a bogged down process akin to trying to get transit expansion in this city.

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  1. Paul posted on 07/04/2014 08:00 AM
    Citizens of Toronto: do not allow our elected officials to spend $1 Billion to make the DVP waterproof. If they say it will cost $1 Billion it will cost double that. It will take twice as long as well. The construction will cause more delays than flooding causes. Why don't we just spend a few million instead to create an early warning system which will force officials to close the lower DVP when a certain amount of rain is expected so that we don't end up with cars stuck on the road.
  2. Michael Vincent posted on 07/04/2014 08:24 AM
    the road floods happen infrequently why spend money on that, dumb idea. Another expensive idea would be to build a break wall to stem the rising water from getting on the road. I love it when people are stuck in traffic. Ride the TTC, especially the St. Clair and the Spadina ST. streetcars...they are a breeze!
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