UPDATE – July 20/2011 – The NEW subway cars finally start running on the University/Yonge line starting tomorrow at 10AM at Downsview station, where you can walk the whole length of the train. Can’t wait. Do they have a GONG?How does it go, calling wolf too many times, and then people just ignore you when it’s important? Just within the last few years, the TTC added a horn to the streetcars because people were ignoring the GONG and now they ring the horn too much too. Another passing streetcar, they ring the gong, a passing friend, they ring the gong, just driving down the street, they ring the gong, give me a break.
When I see a streetcar that says, TRAINING VEHICLE on the front, I always shout out, “teach him how to ring the BELL,” and then of course they ring the bell, for no reason. It’s out of control, it’s like a “TOY” for the drivers, instead of using it for an emergency purpose.
Near our home along College, they turn south and around the whole corner, they just keep ringing the bell, over and over, instead of just watching and looking.
The TTC has been under fire for the last few years and yet I believe it is a great service, and the vast majority of drivers are very professional, but in the case of the streetcars ringing the bell, that does not RING true. I would say nearly every one of them rings the bell too often.
Daniel … Toronto, CANADA
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