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And I fail to see how this is nice. Basically the city (which means our tax dollars) are going to pay for the repair cause of these stupid goofs who has nothing better to do than to smash bus shelter windows. Gee it's "nice" to know my money is being well spent in replacing smashed windows which I'd prefer my money being spent on something productive. That's too much to ask for these days I guess.

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And I fail to see how this is nice. Basically the city (which means our tax dollars) are going to pay for the repair cause of these stupid goofs who has nothing better to do than to smash bus shelter windows. Gee it's "nice" to know my money is being well spent in replacing smashed windows which I'd prefer my money being spent on something productive. That's too much to ask for these days I guess.

That's a huge waste of money but I think right now the only alternative would be leaving them broken, which is obviously not a good idea.

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So all the other poor sods who actually use the shelters have to pay the price ?

I admit it's unfair for them but where things stand right now that's the best option. Now if these fuckers were caught I'd make sure they or most likely their parents would pay for the damage somehow and that's when they'll see glass back in the shelters. Why am I going to fork out my tax dollars cause of these young punks. So that means I'm paying for their foolish mistake / crime? Is that fair? Is it fair that you too would fork out your tax dollars aswell? I'm just saying.

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I admit it's unfair for them but where things stand right now that's the best option. Now if these fuckers were caught I'd make sure they or most likely their parents would pay for the damage somehow and that's when they'll see glass back in the shelters. Why am I going to fork out my tax dollars cause of these young punks. So that means I'm paying for their foolish mistake / crime? Is that fair? Is it fair that you too would fork out your tax dollars aswell? I'm just saying.

And I'm just saying it's mean spirited.

If and when you convict them, they pay restitution. That's how this country works.

Those are my ( property) tax dollars too, btw.

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And I'm just saying it's mean spirited.

I'm not disagreeing with you and honestly I too find it mean spirited not to replace the windows asap. But in my mind why spend our dollars on this when the ones who should pay for the damage and replacing the windows is the ones who did the crime.

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If anyone was curious as to which shelters were victims, while driving home from Kennedy Station this evening I was checking every shelter along Eglinton. They all seemed to have they glass replaced already with the only evidence of these incidences occurring were that the westbound Eglinton at Markham (farside, the 34 stop) and the eastbound Eglinton at Mason shelters had some police tape dangling from the top along with the westbound Eglinton at Kingston (farside) shelter missing the front two pieces of glass. I also heard that there was a police officer checking out the damage to the westbound Eglinton at McCowan shelter this morning.

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http://www.thestar.com/news/transportation...s-tough-choices

TTC’s Wheel-Trans confronts financial constraints, faces tough choices

Paris Hilton should be so lucky.

Her private chauffeur probably doesn’t provide the kind, attentive service TTC Wheel-Trans driver John Czindl gives Toronto senior Alfreda Semple.

She is among about 45,000 of the city’s vulnerable residents for whom Wheel-Trans is a lifeline.

“I can get all over the city,” boasts Semple, who is gently buckled in her seat before Czindle locks her walker at the front of the bus.

“I used it on Christmas Day. I often take it to the zoo to meet my friend,” she said.

But as the population ages and demand for paratransit grows, TTC officials are facing some tough decisions about who will get the service and how it will be delivered.

“It’s a serious issue. The budget constraints are very real. Our ability to grow Wheel-Trans is limited by our resources,” said TTC chair Karen Stintz, who rode a Wheel-Trans bus last week to get a feel for the system.

The TTC collects about 70 per cent of its operating costs from the fare box. Wheel-Trans customers ride on the same tickets and tokens as those on the mainstream system. But Wheel-Trans depends on city subsidies for 95 per cent of its $91 million annual operating revenue, says Bill Frost, general superintendent of Wheel-Trans operations.

“The criteria to use Wheel-Trans is based on a person’s mobility. Can they use the regular system? If the answer is ‘no,’ we take them,” he said.

That applies to hearing and visually impaired riders, who must use the regular system if they’re able.

The TTC is trying to funnel more Wheel-Trans clients to the regular system. But attempts to make it more accessible have been postponed by budget constraints, said Stintz.

As well as who rides the system, it will need to look at how it delivers the service, she said. Contracting taxi services, which attract far more customer complaints about drivers and timeliness, is cheaper than maintaining a larger bus fleet, she said.

Most customers use Wheel-Trans for medical appointments, work and school. Less than 10 per cent of trips are for social occasions, says Frost. But under the philosophy of duplicating regular service, customers can ask to go anywhere within Toronto’s borders.

“We take people to strip clubs. Hey, if you want to go to Tim Hortons we’ll take you,” he said.

Czindl has been driving the Wheel-Trans downtown zone for eight years. He knows every one-way street and bus bay in the core, and many of his customers are regulars.

“There’s a lot of people down here who are really sick. This is where I feel I’m needed the most,” he says.

At the St. Joseph’s entrance, Czindl offers to bring a wheelchair for a customer arriving for a dialysis treatment.

“What happens is the blood sugar gets a little low and (dialysis patients) get a little weak,” explains Czindl.

This customer has a cane, so he’s clearly eligible for Wheel-Trans service. But the TTC’s Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation (ACAT) is recommending that dialysis patients who don’t use mobility aids be diverted to regular transit. Stintz says that’s a decision the TTC board could take as early as this year.

Many people use the service only once or twice a year. Christmas Day is big, says Frost. But Mother’s Day is the busiest.

About 12 per cent of Wheel-Trans appointments end up as no-shows or doorstep cancellations, says Frost. “That’s not so bad, given the health issues of customers,” he said.

About 2 per cent of requests can’t be accommodated, but customers who request an appointment by 6 p.m. the previous day will probably get their lift. The vast majority of trips are pre-booked.

The TTC is encouraging Wheel-Trans patrons, 65 per cent of whom have computer access, to book their rides online. It also hopes to make a touch-tone phone booking system more user-friendly this year.

Still, Wheel-Trans operators handle 30,000 live calls a day.

“One of the reasons is our customers are lonely people,” said Frost. “If we doubled the operators it wouldn’t make any difference.”

WHEEL-TRANS BY THE NUMBERS

• This year the TTC expects to deliver 2.9 million Wheel-Trans trips — 19 per cent more than last year, when the number increased 12.5 per cent over 2009.

• Based on current eligibility criteria, the system would be providing 5.3 million trips a year by 2020. Even if Wheel-Trans were integrated with the rest of the TTC, only 9 per cent of those rides could be funneled to conventional transit.

• About 1,800 Wheel-Trans customers who are dialysis patients account for 210,000 trips annually.

• Some 44 per cent of Wheel-Trans trips are delivered on TTC buses; 38 per cent are by accessible taxis and 18 per cent by sedan taxis contracted by the TTC.

• A Wheel-Trans trip costs $31 on average to provide.

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And I fail to see how this is nice. Basically the city (which means our tax dollars) are going to pay for the repair cause of these stupid goofs who has nothing better to do than to smash bus shelter windows. Gee it's "nice" to know my money is being well spent in replacing smashed windows which I'd prefer my money being spent on something productive. That's too much to ask for these days I guess.

Sweet! :D

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Sweet! ;)

:D That's all I have to say.

I concur! At least everyone would still be alive. :)

I think they should shoot each other with real bullets and then have these stupid no balls kids die off. Less useless lives that came from their fathers sperm to worry about in this world. I may sound cold but honestly give it a thought and you'll see where I'm going with this.

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:D That's all I have to say.

I think they should shoot each other with real bullets and then have these stupid no balls kids die off. Less useless lives that came from their fathers sperm to worry about in this world. I may sound cold but honestly give it a thought and you'll see where I'm going with this.

Lets be honest here now, honestly, no really, honest, give a thought, seriously, honestly, you'll see where I'm going, honestly, just give it a thought, honestly, no really, lets be honest, seriously, lets be honest, who the F*** cares. Relevant TTC news or GTFO!

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Lets be honest here now, honestly, no really, honest, give a thought, seriously, honestly, you'll see where I'm going, honestly, just give it a thought, honestly, no really, lets be honest, seriously, lets be honest, who the F*** cares. Relevant TTC news or GTFO!

The TTC is having a ribbon cutting ceremony for a brand new bus shelter at Albion Rd and Hwy 27 today!

Don't ask me to source it because I don't think you guys deserve it consider the disrespect you've all shown me!

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Don't ask me to source it because I don't think you guys deserve it consider the disrespect you've all shown me!

This is quite disrespectful to the rest of us and the fact that I have not yet suspended you is entirely because I believe you are capable of ridiculing yourself even further than you already have. You handling it yourself makes it easier for me. :D

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