The TTC is running errands on the bus routes without a bus, according to an online survey of TTC riders, which some say indicates a lack of planning and communication by the agency.
The survey also shows that drivers do not seem to have any plans for the TTC’s bus route during peak periods.
The TTC did not respond to questions about the survey, which was conducted online for CBC Toronto and CBC Toronto Hamilton.
“This is something that I would have expected from a transit agency,” said TTC driver Peter Biel.
“We have a bus system, but there are certain areas that the transit system doesn’t cover.”
Biel said the TTC does not offer any discounts on bus trips.
He said that’s partly because of the TTC bus system’s current operating expenses.
“If you look at how many trips we make, we don’t have that many riders, so that’s a huge part of why we’re having to make those trips,” he said.
Another driver, Tyshia Lee, said drivers don’t need to be told to stay on the sidewalk when a driver is parked on a busy intersection, because the TTC buses can accommodate the number of riders they need. “
I think that it’s a really good sign that there are a lot of riders that don’t know what they’re doing,” he added.
Another driver, Tyshia Lee, said drivers don’t need to be told to stay on the sidewalk when a driver is parked on a busy intersection, because the TTC buses can accommodate the number of riders they need.
“People are riding a bus that’s already packed.
They have a lot more space to move around,” Lee said.
Biel, a TTC bus driver, said he’s noticed an increase in passengers being on the subway during the morning rush hour, and that’s not uncommon.
“When you get a rush hour bus you see people sitting down and not moving, because it’s busy.
So it’s not like the subway is crowded,” he explained.
“A lot of the time you see cars that are packed.
I’ve seen it more and more, but I think people are more aware that there is space for cars.”
TTC manager Joe Pennachetti said the transit agency does not know why drivers are not making the trips to pick up passengers.
“That’s an open question that we are going to explore as we move forward and see what’s driving that,” Pennachett said.
But Pennachetto also noted that the TTC has a “small but growing number of bus routes that are full during peak times” and that the service can be improved if more buses were added.
“For example, there’s a couple of routes that run during peak hours that are not very busy and we’re adding more buses,” Pennaceto said.
Tyshi, another TTC bus rider, said she believes there are fewer buses on the road during peak time.
“You’d have to get in your car, and you’re probably going to be doing some kind of traffic-signalling things and it’s really frustrating,” she said.
The majority of drivers surveyed said they work for the Toronto Transit Commission, though most said they have not been asked to drive a bus for years.
Bios of those drivers are provided to CBC Hamilton by the TTC.
“They’re actually pretty nice people,” said Tysha, who has worked at the TTC for five years.
Tylina said she has heard about people getting hired to work for a bus company, but the job does not require them to be drivers. “
It’s like working for the city and not getting paid,” she added.
Tylina said she has heard about people getting hired to work for a bus company, but the job does not require them to be drivers.
“The bus company is pretty much like a taxi company,” she explained.
Tynan said he has worked for the company since the age of 18 and that he is not an employee.
“What they do is they get you into the cab and they take care of everything else, but they don’t care about the driving,” Tyna said.
Drivers do not have to take part in the company’s recruitment process, but can sign a contract that says they are paid for every trip they take on the TTC system.
The contracts also stipulate that drivers have to provide proof of proof of identification, such as a driver’s licence or a passport, at the time of pick-up.
“As long as you have a proof of identity, it’s fine,” said Lee.
“Drivers are required to take their seat belts off, and they’re supposed to check them when they come out of the cab,” she noted.
Tysona said drivers often don’t take their seats and don’t check their identification until they are asked.
“Sometimes they get a little worried and they say, ‘Well, we’re in the cab, we can check it later,’ and it happens,” Tyshonasaid.
“And then it’s OK, and it gets