How bad transit made me a bigot
Re Rage And Racism On The TTC, by Alok Mukherjee (NOW, July 21-27). I, too, have been riding the TTC all my life.
As a kid I would take the bus from Keele north of Wilson to Harbord to pick up the streetcar to my dad’s business at Broadview and Eastern.
I would travel alone, and I knew more about how to act on transit than some adults today. And it has made me a bigot.
I am tired of the ridiculous rule change that allows dogs on the TTC. Now we don’t just have vomit on the Queen car, but dog feces.
I am also tired of streetcar passengers waiting to exit till the last moment at the station and then pushing through incoming passengers.
I am tired of people on their cellphones shouting at the top of their lungs. Or those who get on the car and don’t have their fare ready. I am tired of everyone getting on the already packed first car when they can see an emptier one just behind.
And mostly I am tired of the fact that some of these behaviours can be attributed to different ethnic groups.
Adam Berel Wetstein Toronto