Friday, July 4th Commentary
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.
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.