TTC creates safety app
Riders will be able to report harassment via their phones
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