TTC Idling Needs to Stop

The Killer Wait: TTC Bus Idling Needs to Stop

When the mercury dips as low as it has this past week, I am reminded of why I love using St. Clair West Station. It may be chilly in there, but being underground, the windchill is never a factor and therefore it beats braving the elements any day.

Unfortunately, there are other health hazards besides frostbite that'll get you instead. Hazards like the air pollution of a bus, idling at its indoor stop for 10+ minutes as you stand a couple feet away sucking back the carbon.

Tonight, I waited patiently for my beloved streetcar while the driver of this bus took his long-awaited (and lengthy) bathroom break with his bus idling a few short feet from a line of commuters (including elderly and children!)

Cars might be faced with a hefty ticket, but somehow bus drivers are getting away with it all the time... even in a relatively enclosed space like this one.

To boot, half way through the wait, the salting truck pulls up on the other side and dumps salt into a bin along the side, sending chalky-sodium-white dust clouds wafting over in our direction as well.

Moms hold mits over their kids' faces and I bury my face deep in a knit scarf. It's all you can really do.

(Aside from, of course, going home, filing a complaint and then blogging all about it.)


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in City

Toronto neighbourhood has had enough of break-ins they say are from respite centre

Toronto temperatures to swing by 18 C in less than 12 hours this week

Americans mistakenly think Toronto is the model for good public transit

Toronto store lends bike to frontline worker who got his stolen during hospital shift

Toronto man with 8 lifetime driving bans busted for speeding

Amazing Toronto magician James Randi was one of a kind

Some people plan on trick-or-treating in Toronto despite public health advice

The lost beauty of the TTC's original colour scheme