Image courtesy of CDL.TO
Over at Urban Toronto Forum, CDL.TO has documented the latest in TTC signage materials at St. Clair West Station. St. Clair West has been a mess during the last two years. The bus/streetcar loop has been closed off for the better part of a year for construction, and streetcar service itself has been running at an off-and-onbasis as work slowly progresses on the new right-of-way. Buses have replaced streetcars along part or the entire route, and this situation is expected to remain the same until the entire ROW is completed, likely in 2009. But the TTC has sunk to a new low this week – new wayfinding signs directing passengers from the subway to connecting buses and streetcars have been formed out of duct tape. That’s right, duct tape – otherwise known as the handyman’s secret weapon. In the picture below, the duct tape letters have been supplemented with scribbled scrap papers taped to the wall.
(Courtesy of CDL.TO)
This latest embarrassment comes not long after Joe Clark’s two Type and Tile Tours of the subway system. On the first of these two tours which demonstrated some of the failures of TTC signage, I discovered a station vicinity map at the Walmer Road entrance to Spadina Station (opened in 2001) that pre-dates the replacement of the 77 Spadina bus with the 510 streetcar in 1997.
Recently, further north on the Spadina line from St. Clair West, I found another example of outdated customer information at Wilson Station, where the sign for the 104 Faywood bus still sports a sticker for the Timeline service. Timeline was discontinued in 1999 as the computerized telephone schedule system was not Y2K compliant and the TTC unwilling to pay for the expensive upgrades to the system. Yet all of a sudden this year, the TTC removed all the “Walk left, stand right” signs at escalators within a few weeks.
Note: Jonathan Goldsbie first broke this story over at Torontoist, though I hadn’t seen it until today.