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Transit in the city: Revamping the daily commute

For the third and final instalment of our transit series, we asked for ways to improve the experience of waiting and riding. And you answered. Here’s some of what readers from coast to coast have on their wishlists.

For the third and final instalment of our transit series, we asked for ways to improve the experience of waiting and riding. And you answered. Here’s some of what readers from coast to coast have on their wishlists.

BUS-ONLY LANES

“(It) would allow buses to bypass heavy traffic and maintain a regular schedule, even during rush hour. This would be good for everyone, not just for regular transit users.” — Peter Byrne, Calgary

PRE-PAID FARE CARDS



“The cards can be reloaded with either cash or tickets/tokens.… Then transfers will become obsolete, saving tons of paper per year." — Simeon Wong, Toronto

“All stations are equipped with a fare vending machine, which dispenses a reloadable transit card. Fare is calculated in regards to how far you’re travelling within the system.” — Jewely, Toronto

BETTER SHELTERS

“Partial shelters … offer absolutely nothing in terms of protection from the snow of rain.... Bus shelters (should) also have an intercom to contact both police and a bus call centre for help and inquiries.” — Donovan Lam, Toronto

LONGER HOURS, ON WEEKENDS ESPECIALLY

“It would reduce drinking and driving and encourage nightlife downtown.” — Tom Broniewicz, London

“There are many people without cars that have to work shifts and need to rely on other means of transportation just to get to and from work.” — Anita Kubin, Toronto

APPS

“Wi-Fi on all buses. Automated schedule changes or holiday updates via email or text message." — @halirob, Halifax

Fix the GPS system by making it real-time instead of what appears to be an approximation based on schedules." — Tom Broniewicz, London

BETTER ANNOUNCEMENT SYSTEMS

“Monitor screens at each station (display) the expected arrival of the next three trains.... (Vehicles) should be equipped with screens for displaying the stops and also have an automated voice to announce the stops.” — Sofiat M. Akinola, Calgary

 
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