If you’ve taken public transit in most Canadian cities, the voices should be familiar to you: automated voices announcing your stop.
They are the sonic signposts of your daily commute. An aural window when you’re crammed between commuters in the centre aisle of the bus/metro/train.
People have been wondering about these little parts of their daily lives. Who gets to decide what we call places?
Whether it’s bilingual stop announcements in Ottawa or Spa-DIE-na vs. Spa-DEE-na in Toronto, these announcements can go from annoyances to controversies.
If you’re interested in contributing to this little project, a cross-country commute by sound send me an email (matthew dot kupfer at gmail dot com) or find me on Twitter @matthewkupfer or through the hashtag #voxtranspo.