Twas a typical day riding west on the 501 Queen streetcar yesterday.
An unwashed fellow with shifty eyes held a spirited conversation with himself, while another flossed his teeth in the seat behind him.
Yes, just a normal day.
It was, anyway, until the TTC driver called out, without previous warning, that the next stop, at Shaw Street, would be the final westbound one and passengers had to get off.
Some shot dirty looks, some expressed how they didn’t understand what was happening.
What was happening was Monday was day one of a five-week test of dividing what used to be the longest streetcar route in the city into two overlapping segments on weekdays in an attempt to improve the flow of the perennially troubled line.