At the start of rush hour this past Monday morning Toronto's Transit System failed, and failed hard
. Just after 5:30 am the radio communications system went silent, and as a result service on all four subway lines was halted until after 7 am. Shuttle buses could not be brought in as they too rely on radio communications, so thousands of commuters were pretty much stranded.
Enter UBER, who made some headlines of their own for seemingly taking advantage of the situation with surge pricing. UBER says that once they learned of the TTC shutdown they capped their fares at 3x the normal rate; the screen grab you're looking at (via Twitter
) says otherwise.
Anyway, there is actually a reasonable explanation for UBER's exponentially raised rates, which I didn't fully understand until I read a statement they released
later that day: