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TTC Safety

When I took my new job in the spring one of my goals was to use my car less frequently and travel by ‘green’ means, whether that was by public transportation, carpooling, biking, etc.

Lately  it has become more challenging with the weather, but more importantly because I’m beginning to fear my own personal safety.

On Wednesday night on my way to class a fight errupted on the bus approaching the Wilson Station. A woman, for no apparent reason, decided to attack the woman beside her. Sitting right in front of this incident it appeared that the woman decided to launch her fingernails into the other woman’s face. Now to be fair to the woman that was attacked she did retaliate but quickly realized she would seriously harm the other woman if they fought. She was the much ‘bigger’ person and walked away from the fight.

Reported on 680 News this morning a woman was grabbed as she exited the bus last night in Scarborough. Some sex offender had been waiting for an innocent victim. Luckily the woman managed to escape relatively unscathed.

I’ve even had to switch bus routes because the one I previously used had a shooting incident in one of the shelters. On Sept 8th the victim was gunned down in the bus station at Keele and Eglinton. The full story can be found here.

I’m still for preserving our environment but not at the expense of my life. Hopefully the TTC can get it’s routes cleaned up, otherwise my days of public transit will be limited.

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Comment from Adron
Time October 20, 2008 at 5:39 am

eh, move to Portland. :) Live close to downtown, work downtown, probably the lowest violent crime rate in North America for this size of city. Plenty of planning work to do here. We’re just starting to plan our next light rail segment and we’ve got bike corrals added at 3 new places for an easy half dozen locations now! We’ll also be adding more here in Portland in the near future. :)