Morning commuters at the Milton GO station were surprisingly bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as they accepted free coffee and tea from Milton Transit representatives and current Town Councillors. The morning freebie was on behalf of Milton Transit’s Passenger Appreciation Day on Friday, September 14, 2018.
It’s 7:30 am, busses are starting their rounds, and a new train is arriving every 15 mins. Commuters kiss loved ones and scurry from car to train, hoping to make it on board before the doors close. For the many passengers not in a rush, they accept a hot drink and warm greeting appreciatively. The Mother Parker’s beverages are brewed inside the station at Gateway On The Go.
Asad Toolsieram is one such passenger who never runs for the train – though he’s only been taking transit since July of this year. His work in IT takes him to downtown Toronto. While he has no complaints with transit itself, he reminds us of the pertinent need for additional parking at Milton’s GO Station.
Chris Cairncross has been commuting for over three years, and has his mind on parking as well – though in his case it’s the exorbitant cost of parking downtown. He chooses mass transit to avoid the drive into the city, and the subsequent cost to park a vehicle. He also admits he likes the downtime on the train.
Tony D’Alessandro is the Manager of Transit for the Town of Milton. “Passenger Appreciation Day is an annual event. We’re happy to come out and talk with customers and thank them for continuing to take transit.” On this day, D’Alessandro embarked with Mayor Gordon Krantz on a bus ride through town.
Before departure, Krantz states, “Feedback is critical, and 95% of what we receive is positive. All criticism is taken seriously.”
Photos by: Denise Cooperwhite