Is the TTC Dirty?

Don’t try to answer that question, because you couldn’t possibly know how to determine the answer.

That is why, according to Anthony Furey in today’s 24Hrs, Adam Giambrone has pledged $100,000 to, wait for it…┬ápay a firm to develop a plan to look at ways to implement a strategy to determine whether or not the TTC is dirty or not.

This is not money to clean up the TTC. This is not money to determine if the TTC is clean or not. This is not money to create a strategy to determine if the TTC is clean or not. It is money to pay for a plan to look at ways to implement those strategies.

As Furey suggests, the TTC has cleaners on staff and the cleaners have supervisors. Figuring out if trains are clean or dirty is in the job description of those supervisors. If the supervisors are not doing their job, they need to be fired, and if figuring out if the trains are clean or dirty is not in their job descriptions, then senior management who wrote those job descriptions need to be fired.

I guess the TTC simply has so much money lying around that there is no room to build new lines or increase service levels where it is needed, so they need some new way to spend money.

5 Responses to “Is the TTC Dirty?”

  1. Tom West Says:

    Assuming cleaners earn about $15/hour ($30,000/year), this would pay for three extra cleaners for a year… and we’d have a cleaner system.

  2. W. K. Lis Says:

    Students must also complete 40 hours of community involvement while in high school. Would cleaning the subway count?

    Cal’s comment: The simple answer is ‘yes’. However, a student must get a form filled out by someone, and I suspect the TTC would have to hire a consultant to investigate how to create a procedure to for filling out the volunteer activity form. Then the union that represents the cleaners would file a grievance that this was “taking away” jobs. The complex answer is ‘no’.

  3. gricer1326 Says:

    Why would they pay 100 grand for this? Everyone knows the TTC is dirty. Just take a look at the University line and you’ll see filth like you’ve never seen before. And I thought the Sheppard line was a waste….

    Cal’s comment: Don’t forget: they are not spending 100 grand to find out if the TTC is dirty! This is to develop a strategy to determine if it is dirty. Once that is done, they need to spend money to implement the strategy to find out what everyone knows.

  4. gricer1326 Says:

    Gee, did I just compliment them? I’m sorry! The TTC lives up to expectations. Just walk into St. Andrew.

  5. Jordan Kerim Says:

    I would have to say that the Bloor-Yonge men’s washroom takes the cake. Some of the vandalism drawn on the toilet stall walls I have seen there I cannot even describe without getting in trouble. So many times I would just put on some plastic gloves and pick up the litter myself. Also, the introduction of free weekday newspapers back in the late 90s/early 2000s made the litter situation far worse..