Toronto's Streetcars

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Commercial Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)

Toronto Transit Tourist Trolleys & Trams

Toronto has the World’s craziest transportation system. It actually uses streetcars.

While other cities throughout the World are moving to newer transportation systems, Toronto is stuck with “Tourist Trams”.

First, they are free! You don’t have to pay to ride on them. There is a fee, but no one has to pay. That’s because no one is there to collect any fares. So, if you do pay, then it’s basically voluntary. In fact, relying on the “Presto” system, many times, you just can’t pay at all. So, if you wanted to pay you would have to mail a cheque to the City. Most people don’t bother.

Second, it doesn’t go anywhere fast. It is the slowest mode of transportation available. Actually, it slows down all other traffic to a snail’s pace. No one is allowed to pass a streetcar when the doors are open. So, most of the time, no one can pass a streetcar at all. They creep along slowly. Everyone else has to stop when they stop, even cyclists. But, as we know, cyclists don’t stop for anybody.

Third, streetcars are great for sightseeing. Why? Because they are so slow! What else could they be for? It’s really, just like Disney World. Get on for free, travel a couple of blocks. Take some pictures. Do that whether or not you are a tourist.

Fourth, the whole streetcar concept is very far from an efficient transportation system. You certainly don’t see any other city in the World deciding to go into the streetcar business.

The problem is that Toronto City Council has endorsed the sightseeing Trolleys as part of the municipal transportation system. They don’t fix it. They don’t charge the customers. Yet, they are always “short of cash”. So, they don’t have the money for improvements. They order more streetcars. Most of the time, they don’t arrive and when they do, they don’t fit.

Strange, strange system for a City which continues to self-proclaim its “World Class” status.

The solutions are obvious!

Brian Madigan LL.B., Broker

www.iSourceRealEstate.com

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Les & Sarah Oswald
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You got my attention when you said FREE. Great transportation for sightseeing.

Dec 31, 2016 03:49 PM #1
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Hi and Happy New Year Brian- Delray had a Trolley Car that goes up and down Atlantic Avenue.  And when we were in Kansas City this fall we took the streetcar that tours the downtown area.  They're interesting and fun for tourists!

Dec 31, 2016 05:13 PM #2
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                            thanks Brian Madigan 

Dec 31, 2016 05:19 PM #3
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Shahar Hillel
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Brian, I did not know that there were streetcars in Toronto. Interesting article. Thank you for this post. Have a happy new year.

Dec 31, 2016 05:43 PM #4
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Happy new year, maybe this year Toronto can find some street cars which fit. Are streetcars different to a trolley or tram?

Jan 01, 2017 05:08 AM #5
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Brian

I haven't been to Toronto in many years and I can't say I recall them. Perhaps I just wasn't paying enough attention. Thanks for the education. Sounds like quite a transportation system, with pros and cons.

Jeff

 

Jan 02, 2017 08:09 AM #6
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Gridlock will simply eventually force them out.

 

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