You know it’s going to be a long commute when the first thing you hear entering your local subway station is – “Attention customers on Line 1 …”, but when it’s followed up by “Attention customers on Line 2 …” and then “Attention customers on Line 3 …” you know it’s going to be another typical torturous commute or as I like to call it TTC, Toronto’s Torturous Commute.
This morning while stuck at Spadina I heard that:
1) there was a flood at St. Patrick, thus cutting off my alternate route of taking the University subway to St. Andrew.
2) There was a flood at Bathurst, which is why Spadina station was flooded with bewildered people looking for the shuttle bus.
3) The SRT was down, but really who cares?
4) The reason I was stuck at Spadina was because there was a streetcar stuck in the tunnel, backing up other streetcars. Which explained why I kept seeing people emerging from the tunnel, but no streetcar.
I will give the TTC kudos though, they were trying to communicate the best they could to people to let them know what was going on. I do pity the poor chap directing people where to go when they got off the subway. He received an earful or rather a handful of complaints from a deaf woman who was complaining she did not receive the message as all they were doing was announcing it over the public address system.
It took them about 15 minutes to hook up and push the disabled car out of the way. Two UTDC cars arrived and then a new Flexity. Which I boarded. When we emerged from the tunnel, there were still three more cars waiting to enter the station.
All in all it was a typical bad morning on the TTC.
I should have listened to my instinct and worked from home this morning!