I’m officially on holidays now until January 7th! No alarm clocks, no deadlines, no meetings, no work, and best of all – no commuting!
So this will [probably] be my last post ranting about OC Transpo or snow removal for sixteen days.
I am very curious to know how the City prioritizes snow removal. My neighbourhood is STILL in very rough shape. Last night a sidewalk plow made a half-assed swipe of most of the sidewalks around here.
Around 12:30 pm, I was awoken by the sidewalk plow which was creating a little hill right outside my house. It kept backing up, putting its blade down, and then accelerating into the hill, over and over again. Sometimes the motor would just stop, and he’d have to restart it. And then he just backed up to the end of the block, left the sidewalk, and was last seen whipping down the road, having abandoned his hill of snow right outside my house. It’s still there, waiting for the freezing rain. Thanks Buddy.
The Civic Hospital area, where the big expensive houses are – my goodness, has it ever been nicely manicured by the snow removal teams. Not only are their streets plowed AND their sidewalks plowed, but all their snow has been taken away. The snow banks have been scraped down to the ground and removed. It was all done on Wednesday night. Here it is Friday night, and Carlington’s a mess. James lives in Mechanicsville, and he says it’s a mess too.
So I’m curious. Does the City allocate snow removal resources according to the relative ritziness of different neighbourhoods? Or is it just a coincidence that the higher-income neighbourhoods I pass through have been cleared first and better?
I got to my bus stop at Gladstone and Bank at 4:00 this afternoon, just in time to see a westbound #14 arriving. Excellent timing, I thought. But it was full and it only let a handful of people on. Not me. So I started walking, figuring I’d catch the next westbound 14 that came along. NO WESTBOUND 14 CAME ALONG. I walked the whole hour and twenty minutes without seeing a single westbound 14, even though they’re supposed to come every 15 minutes. During that same period of time, I saw SIX eastbound #14s.
I’m lucky in that I only live 6.5 km from work, and that I’m healthy enough to walk that far. But there are a lot of people who can’t do it, for one reason or another. Frail, elderly, disabled, wheelchaired, baby-strollered people. Not only that, but I just want to get home fast. There are people who need to get where they’re going. Some parents, for example, need to pick up their kids at daycare before the daycare centre closes. (When my son was in daycare, they charged $1 per minute if you were late picking up your child.)
The bus system is becoming reliably unreliable. That storm was five days ago, and public transit is still in chaos. There’s something seriously wrong here.