Catching the bus on city streets should be as easy as spotting a sign that marks a TTC stop, but it’s guesswork at a stop on Jones Avenue.
Most people who regularly ride a TTC bus know exactly where to hop on and off in their neighbourhood, or in places they go to regularly. They’d barely notice a sign marking the stop.
But Toronto is a big city, with lots of people riding the bus — or looking to get on one — in areas that can be unfamiliar. The easier it is to find a TTC stop, the better.
The familiar, red-and-white sign that marks a TTC stop is usually mounted on a slim metal pole or a nearby utility pole, and is a welcome sight for some riders, even if it’s all but invisible to others.
Which brings us to a TTC stop on the east side of Jones, just north of the intersection of Queen Street, where the sign that marks it went missing months ago and has yet to be replaced.
Jim Solomon emailed to say “the TTC pole for the 83 (Jones) bus, just north of Queen, was taken down for sidewalk repairs. It’s been about a year and no real signage exists.
“There is a TTC sign tied with string on a temporary cone, but it sometimes goes missing.”
I was there Thursday and saw no TTC sign, attached to a pylon or otherwise. But that’s no surprise; pylons have a magical ability to disappear from their work station, among the reasons why I loathe them.
While I was there, a woman with an infant in a harness strapped to her chest came along and asked if I was waiting for the bus, saying she thought this was the stop but wasn’t sure.
She went on to say she’d caught the bus there before, but the stop was marked by a cone with a sign on it.
STATUS: TTC spokesperson Hayley Waldman emailed to say “Bus stops are periodically removed to accommodate repair work (including) sidewalk or road repair. We are aware of this particular missing bus stop and are working to replace it as soon as possible,” she said, adding that the TTC maintains more than 10,000 transit stops and “this process can sometimes take several weeks. In this location, there’s unfortunately nothing permanent we can affix bus stop signage to. We used a pylon temporarily to let customers know where the stop is,” but rely on customers and staff to let them know when it goes missing, she said.
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