New Children's Picture Book : "A Day on the TTC"

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From, a guide for teaching children the importance of safety when using public transit.

New children’s picture book, "A Day on the TTC" is a great guide to teach children the importance of safety when taking public transit. I am a subway train operator with the TTC and this is my second children’s book. My motivation to write this book was my interaction with children as a transit operator. Another factor was my love for always wanting to educate and inspire young keen minds. I often watch parents making safety related errors which while seemingly is a harmless decision to allow their children to have a good time riding the train, bus or streetcar. What they don’t realize is that one emergency application of the brake pedal or an unavoidable sharp turn could prove disastrous for their children or end up leaving a terrible experience in their memories for life.

One of the most common errors is allowing children to venture too close to the yellow line. This yellow colored line is present to prevent commuters from getting blown into the path of the arriving locomotive, which sometimes is travelling in excess of 70 kilometers and is followed by a strong draft that would easily have an effect on the sturdiest of adults, let alone young unaccompanied children who are unaware of the side effects of standing to close to the edge of the platform.

Most commuters that take public transit will recall the bus operator’s constant reminders to stand well behind the white safety strip. Again not only is this strip there for the operator’s visibility of the curb but also allows clear line of sight to blind spots. Apart from this white line, there are no safety features that would prevent a commuter from falling or aid them in recovering from a collision or an emergency stop.

This book is an attempt to create awareness of safety amongst children and commuters and also hopes to shed light on the responsible job functions of transit employees that come from diverse backgrounds with the help of a fun to read story supported by colorful and appealing illustrations. I am presently working on a sequel to "A Day on the TTC" as part of a four book series.

"A Day on the TTC" is now available at

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