Bus stop much easier to find after TTC pole is replaced

Bus stop much easier to find after TTC pole is replaced

Catching the Jones Avenue bus at Queen Street is no longer a guessing game, since the TTC replaced the bus stop marker pole there.

Last month I reported on the absence of the familiar, red-and-white pole at a TTC bus stop on the east side of Jones, just north of Queen, which left TTC riders unfamiliar with the area to guess at exactly where the bus would stop.

Jim Solomon, who first told me about it, said in a note that the pole was taken away for sidewalk repairs at least a year ago but was not replaced after the sidewalk was fixed.

The TTC said in an email that with more than 10,000 transit stops to keep an eye on, it relies in part on the public to let them know when something is amiss, and that the pole would be replaced as soon as possible.

Solomon sent me a note about it a few days after the column, along with a photo of a brand new pole at the stop.

One of my columns in September was about crumbling pavement in the curb lane of Welland Avenue, near Moore Avenue, that forced bike riders to merge with fast-moving vehicles to detour around it.

Danelle Parkinson wondered why cycling “sharrows” were recently painted on top of the crumbling pavement, saying “it’s actually comical” that the sharrows were applied to “a patch of road upon which no cyclist can actually ride.”

Transportation services said the rough stretch of Welland was already on the list of areas to be resurfaced, but added that it might not happen before next year.

So it was a surprise to get another note from Parkinson on Oct. 1, saying “I was cycling home from work last night on Welland and they were repaving it! The ride in this morning will be delightful.”

Back in February of 2016, I wrote about a sidewalk that came to a sudden end on the east side of Morningside Avenue, just north of Milner Avenue, forcing pedestrians to cross a long muddy patch to rejoin the sidewalk.

At the time, transportation services said a new sidewalk would be built along the muddy stretch, but it would take a while. They weren’t kidding; I checked several times but never saw any change.

So it was nice to get a note recently from Alex Dow, who first told me about it, saying “it was finally fixed. A miracle, I guess.”

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