Thursday, November 19, 2009

Excuses and Changing it to make it work.

Two things I found very interesting over the past couple days.
Firstly, the TTC has a public relations nightmare on their hands.
They have a fare hike nobody wants, they have people pointing out
waste of resources in the system. Now we have a 6 hour outage. From a
public relations point of view its easy to blame the subcontractor but
what about easing the passengers needs. It was cold and damp out.
People were standing for hours waiting. Why not bring out some portable
heaters to keep them warm or maybe supply them with a warm cup of coffee.
Its not our fault but we care. A missed opportunity they could maybe do next
time. Given the disorganization of TTC we know there will be a next time.

On another note, I had not taken the train leaving burlington at 7:38 for a while.
It used to arrive at Union at 8:22 am and the conductor would announce that it was on time.
I noticed that now the train arrives at 8:30 am and the conductor would announce that it was on time. I guess the way to reduce delays is to adjust the schedule to compensate. Way to go
Go Transit.

Susan came across this article about schedule 'Inflation' written by Ed Drass in the Metro News. You may wish to check it out here is the link:

http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/blog/post/389624

3 comments:

TomW said...

Alternatively, it may GO Transit realised the previous schedule was impossible to meet. Schedules are done on the basis of simulations, which are never 100% precise.

chrisw_88 said...

If only other transit systems would take the initiative to do the same.

I don't care as much about the train arriving 10 minutes later on a regular basis if its scheduled then I can plan around it.

I do however wish they would let us know about schedule changes in a more upfront way.

chrisw_88 said...

Interestingly enough, Susan pointed the increase on the Burlington train by about 10 minutes. Now it seems Ed Drass has come across an even bigger difference. Check out his article at http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/blog/post/389624