Craig Cal, Spacing’s new transit beat writer starting in the fall, sent along this TTC anecdote.
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After a Spacing editorial meeting last week, I wanted to share an experience that I had on the subway and see if other Torontonians have had a similar one.
Since the Ontario Human Rights Commission convinced the TTC to start announcing subway stops “clearly and consistently” last year, I’ve heard one too many driver’s do so with the least bit of enthusiasm. I guess fun wasn’t part of the mandate.
Thankfully, some TTC employees haven’t lost their sense of humour. Last Wednesday night, stop after stop between Queen and Bloor stations, the driver announced each stop in a super-exaggerated, super drawn out, creaky old lady’s voice.
“D-u-n-d-a-s. D-u-n-d-a-s S-t-a-t-i-o-n n-e-x-t…”
All of the passengers looked up with a puzzled look on their face, as if collectively saying “What the hell was that?” As each stop came and went, the passengers smiled and looked at one another with a hint of anticipation. People began chuckling out loud while new passengers looked bewildered with the same “What the…?” face.
This is a big thank you to the driver(s) who add a bit of color to our sometimes monotonous commute.
photo courtesy of the Toronto Archives