It's not contrarian to say that it's not possible, it's just not.On every streetcar. Essentially I want to end the idea that we trust riders to pay, but instead we ensure they pay, every time. And a pox of the herd on contrarians lining up to say why it's not possible. Instead, let's figure it out.
Ensuring all of the hundreds of thousands of riders who use the TTC every single day pay every single time is completely impossible to do. There's no two ways about it, it just is.
There are ways to minimize the amount of people who don't pay, such as forcing everyone to board through a single doorway, and posting armed guards at every single turnstile, every single possible public and private entrance point to the system, but if we find ourselves at that point we have reached deranged levels of authoritarianism that have no place in a civilized society, to say nothing of how slow and thereby utterly worthless we would make the transit system with such a scheme, and how much it would cost.
How about the government does its job and just funds the system???? There's always going to be someone who wants a free ride. Instead of throwing all of society's resources to ensure that they do not get it, how about we fund the system so that entitled yuppies who feel it is not within their responsibilities to pay for the services they receive don't cause as much damage?