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Better TTC survey

Posted by mikedaum on August 29th, 2007

In response to Toronto’s ludicrous budget shortfall, our illustrious mayor has requested that the TTC cut its budget down to the bone. The TTC commissioner – boy wonder Adam Giambrone – has determined that these cuts would require the TTC to reduce its coverage. The whole thing is a game of chicken which is being played upon the backs of the bent over poor of Toronto.

There was one fly in the ointment, however. Smart, left-leaning people from our past knew this day would come. To prevent against Toronto transit’s evisceration, they wrote into the TTC bylaws that any service reduction would have to be a result of public consultation.

Oops! So what now? Easy, Giambrone and co. trump up a sham questionnaire and conduct “public consultation” in several dark corners of the TTC system. Unfortunately, in addition to the low profile, the survey is vague, incomplete, and biased. I for one was unable to complete the survey: questions 4 and 5 did not have a response category which I could select without being VERY misleading and the web page would not let me submit without answering.

To the rescue is the Torontoist. They have reworked the original survey, providing expanded versions of the original questions as well as an in-depth second page of targeted questions. I was able to complete it quickly, and every question was answerable. By the end, I actually felt like I had a document which pretty well represented my feelings on the matter.

So please take the new survey. Please write the city demanding they use it. Please lets not see sustainable transportation in Toronto take such a miserable and unnecessary backwards slide.

Update: Yay!  BoingBoing’s picked this story up