I just heard that the new chairman of Toronto’s transit commission (slogan: “The Better Way”) has asked bloggers to improve the commission’s “abysmal” website. This is potentially good news, but I hope these wizards of the web are willing to go in and get their hands dirty rather than just complain. The site hasn’t been updated since it was designed back in 1998 and it takes far too long to find even the most basic information.
There are some very talented web designers and developers in our city who could make a real contribution and I hope that this project raises the profile of this sort of citizen activism. It would be nice, though, if the TTC recognized the value of this kind of work and actually paid somebody to redesign the site. So far, the readers of BlogTo, Torontoist, and Spacing magazine have become involved.