Bus drivers say they can be a problem, said TTC CEO Andy Byford.
“Speaking with my bus operators, they do have problems, particularly if you get a collection of very large strollers onto the bus — it does cause quite an obstruction,” he said, adding that in his hometown of London, England, there’s a two-stroller limit on buses.
Most TTC riders the Star spoke with weren’t sure a stroller limit would work.
“I don’t think that would be a good idea to remove strollers during rush hour. I had twins. How would you take twins where you need to go on transit if you don’t have a stroller?” Mia Bach said while waiting for a train at Museum Station on Monday afternoon.
Terry Silva, 49, agreed.
“Parents should have the option of using the TTC at all times,” he said.
Rosemary Donald, a 55-year-old retiree who was waiting for a train at St. George Station, suggested parents could try to plan their travel around rush hours. She also thinks limiting the number of strollers on transit at peak times would make sense. “The strollers take up so much space,” she said.
TTC chair Karen Stintz said she never had an issue taking her children on the TTC in a stroller and wasn’t aware of a problem. She also said that the idea of charging extra to bring a stroller aboard is a non-starter.
“We don’t charge people for bicycles, we don’t charge people for having a walker or electric scooter, and I don’t expect we would ever charge anybody for having a stroller,” she said.
With files from Karissa Donkin.