Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Subway Safety Issue That Remains Unaddressed


For two days now, I've had my TTC Subway commute hampered by two things "at track level" that should not have been there.  Yesterday was an "injury at track level" (someone jumped at College Station), and today it was "smoke at track level" - so we had to stop and wait for the fire service to turn up with a fire extinguisher and put out the burning newspaper or whatever the junk was that had blown onto the track and ignited.

Both are, unfortunately, fairly regular occurrances.

The astute will realise that there's a connection here:  Both issues are easily prevented by not allowing things to get onto the track in the first place.  

The solution is to put up safety barriers on the platform - like they do in other cities.

I think the City of Toronto needs to wake up and stop arguing about how to expand the service, when clearly they need to address the safety of the existing service.  If you think I'm being harsh here, take a look at the suicide statistics provided by the TTC themselves.

We've all heard about the "every five seconds a child dies of hunger" issue, but in Toronto, consider this:  On average, every two weeks someone dies in front of a subway train - and yet the councillors and politicians are ignoring safety and instead arguing about above ground or underground routes and scoring points for their wards.

Someone clearly has their priorities wrong here.