Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Mississauga Transit picks up its baseball in frustration and leaves the park after it strikes out

Mississauga Transit Operators to Announce All Bus Stop Locations

On June 1, 2008, Mississauga Transit operators will begin announcing all bus stop locations to help passengers of all ages and abilities.

In particular, starting on June 1, 2008, Mississauga Transit operators will be required to manually announce all bus stop locations on routes where the next stop, bus stop signs have been completely installed. The signage is being installed on our busiest routes first.

The route-by-route implementation schedule is outlined below:

Effective June 1, 2008: Routes 1 – Dundas and 19 – Hurontario.

Effective June 15, 2008: Routes 3 – Bloor and 26 Burnhamthorpe.

Effective June 29, 2008: Routes 5 – Dixie and 7 – Airport.

Effective July 13, 2008: Routes 13 – Glen Erin and 61 – Mavis.

Our web site will be updated regularly as next stop, bus stop sign installation is completed and additional routes are added to the list of routes where Mississauga Transit operators are required to manually announce all bus stop locations. On routes where the next stop, bus stop signs have not been completely installed, Operators are required to announce the bus stops located at major intersections and terminals, or at the passenger’s request.

By the late fall of 2008 next stop, bus stop sign installation is targeted to be completed on all of our routes, and Mississauga Transit operators will be required to manually announce bus stop locations, system wide.

For safety reasons, our valued customers are reminded not to speak to our transit operators while the bus in motion. As well, our customers are advised to please be patient since our buses may be making more frequent stops, to allow our transit operators to safely make the bus stop announcements.

“We recognize the diverse needs of our passengers, and this enhanced level of accessible service will help passengers enjoy travelling on our buses”, says Director of Mississauga Transit, Geoff Marinoff.
Essentially (as I understand it), if the operator doesn't know the name of the next stop then the bus will be comming to a full-and-complete stop for the street sign to be safely read.

This will not "help passengers enjoy travelling" on Mississauga buses. This reeks of classic tactics used to undermine an unpopular order. In my opinion, this is a work-to-rule aimed at having the province institute clear policy on calling stops, or (and more likely), getting them to fund next-stop information systems for all buses. Every other transit agency has complied with the Human Rights Commission ruling without this becoming an issue - with all due respect, Mississauga needs to suck it up.

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At 5/08/2008 1:26 a.m. , Blogger Andrae Griffith said...

There have been suggestions that I am unfairly characterizing Mississauga Transit in the above post. If a policy clarification comes to light that contradicts my interpretations of Mississauga's plans, I will gladly make a retraction in the form of a post titled "I am a dunce"

At 5/08/2008 7:43 a.m. , Blogger David Harrison said...

Well, it's not so clear cut with other systems. Durham says their in full compliance, but neither my wife nor I ever hear stops announced on our local route.

At 5/08/2008 1:50 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back when the TTC had to comply and did not have the automatic recordings, the driver basically muttered the name of each stop so that anyone behind the second row couldn't hear the stop at all.

I suppose MT could order its drivers to do this, but it escapes them.

At 6/23/2008 5:39 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Mississauga Transit driver, all I can add to the debate would be "FUBAR!"

At 6/24/2008 3:19 p.m. , Blogger Andrae Griffith said...

Dear Anonymous:

Since you are an MT driver I completely understand you not wanting to give your name.

But please come back and add to the debate! I can handle it!


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