This is not a disaster. But when the public transit system (especially the subway) breaks down, parts of my city grind to a halt. The transit system backs up quickly. People are stranded on street, or face a long walk to their destination.
Who is most affected by transit breakdowns in my city?
- People who rely on the subway or buses to get to work or school.
- People on a fixed income who need affordable transportation.
- People who are blind or have physical limitations (such as seniors). They rely on certain stations with an escalator and accessibility features.
- People who can't afford a car, don't know how to drive, or are unable to drive.
Ushahidi would improve the public transit system during stoppages. Plus, it would reduce carbon output by encouraging more people to leave their cars at home - for a greener city.
- Service disruptions would be posted by commuters, along with official posts by the transit authority (TTC).
- People are more likely to car-pool when there is a serious stoppage on the transit system.
- A more reliable transit system will encourage more people to leave their cars at home.
- Taxi companies can better service parts of the city where people most need rides.
It's not surprising that Twitter posts for transit problems on the TTC are so popular in Toronto.