The shooting at Osgoode seems to have spurned a new TTC-police partnership.
It came on the same day police released the name of the suspect caught on closed circuit leaving the scene of that subway shooting last week.
The message is cleat: the powers that be in this city, some among them a little too high on law and order, don't want the general public, and tourists in particular, thinking that not even transit's safe to take anymore.
The Better Way?
Policing transit is something this city has been able to do without for years. No more.
As the TTC is fond of reminding us, more than 1.6 million people take transit every day. The current compliment of 103 special constables, 176 by 2011, aren't cutting it. They're spread to thinly over too many stations - 72 in all, if you count the Scarborough RT.
The number of assaults are rising precipitously - 19 per cent more criminal charges laid in 2007, 3,872 charges in all.
Chief Bill Blair says the addition of officers will make the transit system and city safer.
Hard to argue. But how much is an open question.
Looked at another way, the addition of the officers is, also an admission that security cameras, the 10,000 closed-circuit eyes we dropped a not-so-cool $10 million on to banket the TTC, are not going to keep us safe.
Cameras may help, although they often don't, catch criminals after the fact. But they don't prevent crime, a fact other transit systems that have tried them, most notably London's, know all too well.
Last week's shoot up at Osgoode snapped that truth all too clearly into focus.
The fact there were cameras in the station, or for that matter, hundreds of people around, didn't stop this gunman from firing off a few caps.