Until recently almost all the TTC trains were from the late 70s and running on some pretty old technology. That means that the new trains must be absolutely amazing, given the 30+ years they had to continue to develop the rocket science that is the box on wheels. Which is why the following baffles some people.
The old trains would come to a stop at every station and the doors would open immediately, allowing passengers to rush out to their daily grind. No one was dying and everything worked fine.
The new train’s doors do not open immediately.
Instead these trains stop and then wait. They wait an excruciatingly long two seconds before opening the doors. I’ve heard a lot of people complain about this and how that two seconds compounded over the course of a day ends up being like eight weeks a day in dog years of TTC delays. This is starting to get on my nerves. These people do not understand the brilliance that is the TTC. This is far more than advancement in technology. This is an advancement in positive psychology, an ingenious application of the innovations of humanistic psychologists like Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers.
This two-second delay was obviously calculated very carefully for our benefit. There is no way that the TTC would ever do something so backwards and without apparent logic unless it was for our benefit.
The reason is pretty simple. They must have done a long and detailed study into the calming effects of taking a moment to breathe before you begin your day. In those two seconds the TTC is saying, “Hold on Guys, take a breath. It’s going to be a good day. This is your day and your time. Embrace it. Embrace the day. And don’t forget to pick up some milk on your way home from work. You really don’t want to piss your mom off again. You still live with your mom.”
So next time you start complaining and questioning the TTC, just remember, the average salary is 100k for a reason. They are brilliant and are here to make your day matter.