1. Drivers are not making a killing sitting on their asses all day – well, at least not figuratively.
Twenty-six bucks an hour isn’t chump change, but it’s not the kind of wage that affords many comforts in the Big Smoke. It’s TTC management – 400 of whom make more than 100 grand a year – who are riding the gravy train.
2. It’s not their fault that buses and streetcars are overcrowded-to-bursting.
Blame senior levels of government. The province shortchanges. The feds ignore. It’s not rocket science: less funding means fewer buses and streetcars, which equals mayhem. Bottom line.
3. Decent public service jobs are crucial to our overall economic well-being.
We need them if we’re going to grow the middle class. Remember them? Forget funding car dinosaurs. We need major investment in our public services.
4. You’d be pissed, too, if you had to concern yourself with minding the fare box.
It’s nuts that we haven’t gone to an automated fare collection system. We’re just adding to frustrating delays.
5. A great public transit system is crucial to the well-being of our environment.
Consider the smog and congestion. It’s a cause everyone should support, especially now that the province is talking about creating a Greater Toronto Transit Authority, which would divert even more funding away from the TTC.