If they’re so eager for us to give up our cars and rely on public transit, they’ve gotta stop going on strike:
About 2,000 workers are off the job in a legal strike, but weekday rush hour services are being provided on the city’s buses and subway system.
Under a plan approved by the province’s Essential Services Council last week, the transit system will operate on weekdays between 5:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. There will be no service on weekends.
Some people were caught off guard and found themselves scrambling to get around after the system stopped Monday morning.
The assistant manager of one downtown music store says business is already down.
He also points out the impact of the strike will be worse on the weekends when there is no transit service at all.
The rush hour service is really only convenient for people who need to get around at specific hours. Even a bus that stops running at 6:30 will leave thousands of 9-to-5 people stranded; they will hop on the metro but will likely miss the last bus to take them home from there.
Public transit in this city is affordable and great… if you live in the downtown area, travel at peak hours only, and never have to deal with an odd schedule. For anyone else, it’s nothing but a pain. And even for the downtown folks, between strikes and breakdowns, it’s becoming less and less of an option.
You want to complain about cars? Fine. But get a reliable, realistic alternative in place. Then convince us to give them up. No sooner.