GO rider uses blog to vent commuter frustration

This Crazy Train blog.

This Crazy Train blog.

Maryam Shah, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 6:57 AM ET

TORONTO - Shut up and ride.

That’s one snarky transit blogger’s message to fellow GO Transit commuters who treat quiet zones as their own living room and empty seats as foot-rests for their salt-covered, muddy winter boots.

Cindy Smith, a 39-year-old graphic designer, runs This Crazy Train, a satirical blog about people she and her readers find annoying on their daily trips on the GO Train.

A resident of Courtice, Ont., she spends more than an hour each way on the Lakeshore line, travelling between the Oshawa GO station and Union Station.

Her blog chronicles the usual GO Transit commuter problems: Boots leaving footprints on seats, people talking loudly in designated quiet zones, riders taking their shoes off and people sprawled out over seats.

There’s a whole category of people who block doorways, aisles and paths to available seats.

People who snap gum loudly and eat smelly food are also not easily forgiven.

Most of her entries cut straight to the bone.

Beneath a photo of a seat coated in salt is the message: “Because nothing says I love you like salt stains on the back of your dress pants.”

The tag line under reader-submitted snaps of people sitting in one seat with bags on another says: “None of us should have to ask you to move your s---.”

The blog allows commuters to vent “without having to deal with the real-life confrontation that could happen,” Smith said in an interview with the Toronto Sun.

“In other words, I’m saying what everyone’s thinking.”

This Crazy Train began in 2010, when Smith’s friends told her to document the weird and interesting things she witnessed in a blog.


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