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Jan 23, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Strollers on TTC issue generates flood of online comments

City Centre Mirror

Twitter users had plenty to tweet about regarding the use of baby strollers on TTC vehicles after the issue surfaced at a meeting earlier this week.

On Monday, Jan. 21, the TTC board voted to look into whether strollers caused an unacceptable inconvenience for other commuters.

That decision touched off a firestorm of online outrage which continues to flicker.

“How on Earth do you refuse to let a parent board a streetcar in the rain/snow/heat/cold/ever?” tweeted @FutureMatt to TCN reporter Rahul Gupta who tweets under the handle @TOinTransit.

Darryl Jonckheere wondered why the TTC was considering charging parents more for using strollers which caused TTC communications director Brad Ross to reply emphatically the TTC had no such plans.

“No one is charging anyone anything,” tweeted Ross. “TTC has been quite clear on this: no extra charge for strollers.”

While many people supported no limit to the use of strollers on all TTC vehicles, some users complained about their size which they felt blocked seats and doors at times.

“Biggest problem is that strollers are ‘Cadillacs’ and can’t be folded up for customer convenience,” tweeted @swm3047.

One tweeter even tweeted a picture of a TTC Wheel-Trans transport and demanded strollers be allowed only on such vehicles during peak times.

“#ProblemSolved,” wrote the user.

Joe Parisi favoured a study on stroller usage, which he suggested would reveal the design flaws of current vehicles responsible for not properly accommodating all TTC riders.

Bob Brent agreed.

“It’s an ironic design limitation of low-floor buses’ greater accessibility,” tweeted the TTC’s former head of marketing.

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