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In early October, 2011, the TTC cut over 310 jobs and decreased the service of TTC subway trains and buses.
During morning rush hour, all the cars on most TTC trains are so full that entering and exiting a train is near to impossible.
Customers sometimes will wait over 10 or 15 minutes to be able to enter a subway car. The people of Toronto are tired of being able to see 15 people in a 1 metre radius of themselves.
We urge that the Toronto Transit Commission increases subway service during morning rush hour.
In mid-June 2010 residents of Strathmore Blvd. were essentially blindsided by a plan presented by the TTC to build second exits from Donlands and Greenwood subway stations.
The proposal calls for the removal of homes and erection of station exits on Strathmore Blvd., a quiet, residential street.
Currently TTC stops running main transit on Fridays and Saturdays at about 1:15am.
If we increase the hours of operation until 3:00 am, it would promote people to take public transportation after going to bars and reduce drunk driving.
At the end of August, the TTC hastily passed a motion to eliminate the
"free" metropass parking in favour of charging all riders to park at any of
the lots. However, upon doing the math, none of what the TTC says adds up.
Let's start with the 6.3 million dollars the TTC says it costs to operate
the lots and the 2.7 million dollars they actually generate from those who
pay to park in them. Without any other information, we’ll take these
figures at face value. This results in a 3.6 million dollar short fall that
the TTC must cover, which is what TTC chair Adam Giambrone wants to
First off, he stated in an interview, "It's not appropriate for the average
TTC rider to be subsidizing between 10 and 15 cents out of their fare for
parking lots." Let's take a moment and focus on his numbers: 10 to 15 cents
per fare to subsidize parking. Now let's do the math: in 2007 the TTC had
459,769,000 passenger trips (according to their website) and if 10 cents
were taken from every fare, the result would be nearly 46 million dollars!
In fact, if only 1 cent were taken from each fare, the result would be a
little over 4.5 million dollars, which more than covers the 3.6 million
dollar parking gap. Clearly TTC chair Giambrone did not check his facts and
figures on that one!
Second, let's think about that "free" parking concept. The majority of
riders who use metropass parking are ones who use the TTC on workdays only
(they park and then take the subway to work downtown). Now, if these riders
purchased tokens for their workday only trips, it would average out to a
cost of about $94 per month over the year (taking into account holidays,
vacation, etc), which is $15 less than a metropass. So those 10,000+
metropass holders who use parking are paying on average a $15 premium to
park in the TTC lots, which translates into about 1.8 million dollars.
Taking this into account, the parking cost gap is really only 1.8 million
dollars, which makes the numbers above even more incorrect.
In fact, it the TTC wanted to see the parking lots break even; they could
introduce a “premium” metropass that includes parking for only $125 per
month. That’s an increase of only $16 per month shouldered only by those
who use parking. Considering that, it is more than likely most people would
continue to use the TTC as they do now, so it’s more than possible for the
TTC to stop losing money on their parking lots while keeping almost all
their riders. This approach also would not have the negative aspects of Mr.
Giambrone’s, such as increased pollution and traffic congestion in Toronto
from those who would no longer be able to afford the TTC and would drive
into the core instead. Even if one took the arguably incorrect figures and
said parking costs the TTC 3.6 million dollars a year, a $139 premium
metropass would eliminate that. An extra $30 per month, or an extra $1.5
per day is not too unreasonable when all things are considered. So why was
this never considered?
Moreover, if the appropriate time were taken to fully examine the plan to
charge for all parking, they would surely have been able to come up with
more accurate numbers when it comes to how many riders will be lost, how
many will stop paying that $15 premium, etc. Those debates would have
brought to light that the best overall financial results of this plan would
be to break even, just like the proposal above (this takes into account many
estimates, such as what happens when many people who pay for parking go on
vacation, or a snow storm hits and they decide to stay home or take the
bus). One big problem with switching from a subscription based payment
system to a pay per use system is that each day is different and overall
revenue is subject to the whims of the users. In the end this move may
actually see the TTC lose money (remember, the cost of operating the TTC
parking lots must now include all the lost revenue this plan results in,
putting the operating costs of the parking lots over 10 million dollars
annually using the TTC's own figures).
Now getting back to Mr. Giambrone's comments about users not subsidizing
parking, the bottom line is that everybody subsidizes hundreds of services
they never use through their taxes. Just look at the TTC for an example.
People who take a bus or the subway just 2 or 3 stops are subsidizing the
cost of the people who travel for 10 or 20 sotps. The cost of a metropass
translates into just under 49 rides if paid by tokens. How many metropass
holders take more than 49 rides a month? How many hand their pass to a
friend or family member so that the pass itself is used for more than 49
rides in a month? How many rides over 49 per metropass are taken each
month? Each year? All those free rides get subsidized by all the other TTC
riders. Does that mean we should eliminate the metropass program? No, of
course not, just as this shouldn't mean the end to metropass parking.
Actually, if one follows the logic of Mr. Giambrone and those TTC
Commissioners who voted to pass this motion, all TTC riders should be
required to pay one fare to ride the bus and one to ride the subway. After
all, why should the people who only never ride the bus have their subway
fare go to support the bus system, or why should the people who never ride
the subway have their fares go towards supporting the subway system?
Perhaps that’s a snapshot of what’s to come with the TTC.
While no official figures exist, many of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway station parking lots used by commuters are unsafe and cars parked there during the day are often broken into, vandalized, or stolen. According to TTC personnel, off the record, a car is stolen from Finch station every day and 2 per week on average from Kipling.
On August 27th, 2008 the TTC approved a recommendation to discontinue the policy of allowing Metropass holders to park for free at TTC commuter parking lots. According to the TTC, the 14,000 parking spaces generate $2.7 million per year. However, with an operating budget of $6.3 million per year, the TTC loses money on its parking lots, as 80% of all parking spaces are occupied by Metropass users. The new policy begins in the second quarter of 2009. (http://www3.ttc.ca/About_the_TTC/Commission_reports_and_information/Meetings/August_27_2008.jsp)
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Having been playing this game since beta, and having been a tester for nearly as long, I must admit that I have never been as frustrated with this game as I am right now.
Last year we were promised that we could expand our friends lists. What we got was the funky XD system, that never truly worked fully. It allowed us to, at least, see when our friends were on, even if we couldn't chat with them (except whisper). Still, it was an improvement since we were friends with the player (and not each of their individual toons) which gave us some room on our friends lists.
Now, the current update of the game has taken even this limited benefit away. Now when I log on, I have no way of meeting any of my most recent friends. Toontown is all about friends helping each other. If I wanted to kill stuff by myself I'd be playing POTCO or WOW.
Next, lets talk about allowing the horrible bugs that plague the boss battles to be sent to open. I know that testers complained about the horrible performance of the CFO and the CEO. Why did these annoyances, that totally take the joy out of the battles, ever get to the open servers?
It is not fun to get disconnected in the CFO. It is not fun to randomly lose laff points in the CEO because you didn't log off after running the CJ battle. It is even less fun to lose one's hard-earned level seven gags because of a horrible bug that allows the CEO to hit you before he even yells, "Fore," giving you no chance to avoid it. Between the instant gear hits for 30-45 points, and six or seven out-of-the-blue -15's even the most experienced toon doesn't stand much of a chance.
And... to add insult to injury, when my toon does a CFO battle to try and earn some Toon-Up Unite Phrases to use in the CEO battles, I am usually rewarded with jellybeans! Grrrrr!
Even earning the tremendous amounts of stock options required has lost its luster. It is not fun to get stuck in the box at the start of a golf course in Boss HQ. It is not fun to spend well over an hour doing a Back Nine, only to be disconnected on the last floor. Speaking of Back Nine, it is also not fun to be presented with an unsolvable maze (which seem happen about 10% of the time.)
Speaking of no fun, I have never maxed fishing on any of my toons, even the one I have been playing (and fishing regularly) for five years. The same goes for racing where when random players see I am winning, so they alt out. Same goes for golf. Maybe I'm just not competitive enough or willing to have two accounts.
And don't get me started on the randomness of the name approval system, where I see violations of the rules constantly in play, yet when I submit harmless cute names they are disapproved.
I tolerate most of these annoyances because of the fun and the friendship I have here. I play this game for fun and recreation. I play because this is where my friends are and I value the friends I have made here. Take away the fun and the friends and what is left?
PETITION TO the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC):
WHEREAS the TTC posts a schedule on the 501 Queen Streetcar line, listing service delivery at the frequency of every 6 minutes. The TTC routinely does not perform service as scheduled to Beach Residents, thereby making the service on the Queen Street 501 Streetcar an inefficient method of transportation for Beach Residents, including the elderly and handicapped, staff of local businesses and for those wishing to use the services of these businesses, or to or visit the Beach, to travel westbound out of the Beach, or eastbound into the Beach, and forcing people to take cabs or drive, when they’ve already paid a fare and/or invested in a monthly Metropass.
Transit service delivery is only as good as its weakest link, people will take the transit only when it is reliable & efficient. In particular, east of Kingston Road is underserviced by the 501.
At minimum 50% of Neville Park streetcars are short-turned before getting to the Beach, without any traffic irregularities occurring on the route, leaving service delivery, at less than every 12 minutes (at the very best), while the line according to TTC Customer Service is supposed to be achieving “frequent service of under 10 minutes”. On a regular basis there are no streetcars for 12-45 minutes at a stretch, and then two to four streetcars coming out of the loop back to back due to “schedule management” forcing breaks to be taken by drivers at the loop, and then making up the time elsewhere on the route.
Route Management must also consider that Beach Residents require the 501 streetcar for travel within the Beach for appointments, and shopping. Making up time on the downtown route, and denying service to the Beach via excessive short-turning is completely unfair to residents of the Beach, especially those who have limited mobility.
TTC’s services are based on equal access for all citizens, to get around the city, in and out of the core, and around their neighborhoods safely and efficiently, according to a posted schedule: the Beach area seems to be under-serviced, and neglected, against the backdrop of keeping the service on schedule in the downtown core; despite paying the same fares, and fees for services as the downtown core.
This level of service is entirely unacceptable to the residents, business people and visitors to the Beach. Limited parking in the Beach, makes the service delivery in the Beach for residents and visitors to the area, that much more important. Regardless of whether or not one takes transit, poor quality service along this portion of the route, leads to more cars on the road, greater congestion, more smog, and inefficiency along the rest of the route and connecting surface routes.
All TTC passengers, especially Metropass holders require and deserve equitable access to the most effective transportation to and from work, appointments, and social engagements, and all citizens should be able to benefit from the Transit System since it is primarily financed by fares.
TTC is built with our tax dollars, and in part operated with tax dollars, on terms that are equitable and fair, with no barriers to access, and with a goal of reducing traffic in the downtown core and improving our environment in keeping with Toronto's Clean Air Policy.