TTC cre­ates safety app

Riders will be able to re­port ha­rass­ment via their phones

StarMetro Toronto - - TORONTO -

A spec­tac­u­lar wa­ter­spout seen from Ash­bridge’s Bay Wed­nes­day morn­ing. En­vi­ron­ment Canada is­sued wa­ter­spout watches for Lake On­tario, Lake Huron and Ge­or­gian Bay. The fairly rare sight — es­sen­tially a small tor­nado over wa­ter — forms when warm, moist, un­sta­ble air rises and is re­placed near the sur­face of the wa­ter by sur­round­ing air, which swiftly moves in hor­i­zon­tally and cre­ates a vor­tex that con­nects with a rapidly grow­ing cloud above. The TTC has launched a new aware­ness cam­paign aimed at pre­vent­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment, racism, ho­mo­pho­bia, and other trou­bling acts on tran­sit.

Dubbed ‘This Is Where…’ it in­cludes a web­site and posters that will be placed on ve­hi­cles and in sta­tions. The aware­ness cam­paign is ac­com­pa­nied by a new app that al­lows tran­sit users to re­port in­ci­dents to the tran­sit con­trol cen­tre via their smart­phones.

The posters use hard-hit­ting lan­guage taken from the re­al­life ex­pe­ri­ences of tran­sit users, with de­tails that could iden­tify them al­tered. The ads end with the line: “Crime and ha­rass­ment on the TTC will not be tol­er­ated.”

Tran­sit riders can use the Safe TTC app to up­load pho­tos or de­scrip­tions of in­ci­dents.

The com­plaints are sent to tran­sit con­trol staff, who can re­spond by dis­patch­ing tran­sit en­force­ment of­fi­cers or con­tact­ing the po­lice if war­ranted. Tran­sit con­trol staff can also talk di­rectly to the app user through the app’s chat func­tion.

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Cam­paign poster COURTESY TTC

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