The Vancouver-Toronto “transit war” turns out to be anything but

The Vancouver-Toronto “transit war” turns out to be anything but

TTC and TransLink in polite-off 

It’s probably all the recent hype over TTC operators sleeping, skipping out for coffee and drinking mid-shift that had us hopeful for some kind of drama in the Globe’s recent comparison of the TTC and Vancouver’s TransLink. Sadly, the reporters play this one straight as they try to irk transit operators in both cities by skimping out on fares, playing dumb, dragging pets onto vehicles and toting wailing children. Apparently, the purposely problematic reporters encountered nothing but sunshine and rainbows.

Fellow passengers were all courtesy, petting one reporter’s dog (even though non–assistance animals are supposed to be caged while on TransLink) and being “really friendly” in accommodating the other reporter’s kid in a stroller. Are Vancouver transit operators too lenient with fare evasion? Does the TTC have a problem with tardiness? None of it seems to matter. Perhaps spring fever has people feeling good, but from our point of view, the Globe couldn’t have picked a more banal day to hang out on transit.

• Transit wars: Vancouver good, Toronto bad? Not quite [Globe and Mail]