If you don't know what "scratchiti" is, you should at least be aware it's costing the TTC nearly $2 million over two years to combat.
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The TTC has zero tolerance for graffiti, aiming to remove it from both vehicles and subway stations within 24 hours of it being noticed. Bus stops, though, are the city's responsibility.
"It's cheaper than actually having to replace the windows," said the TTC's chairman, Councillor Adam Giambrone.
"The whole concept around graffiti is . getting your name out or your symbol," he added. "Well, if you go to the trouble (to tag) and your symbol only stays up there for 18 hours or whatever, it doesn't really accomplish your objective as a graffiti artist."
But where once the vandalized window had to be replaced, last year the TTC began installing a four ply, scratch resistant plastic film, the layers of which can be peeled off to Adidas Hat With No Top reveal a clean window.
standing policy of removing graffiti quickly has deterred some artists from defacing property.
Scratchiti is a form of graffiti that is scratched into glass. For the TTC, its subway, bus, and streetcar windows have become increasingly vandalized with scratchiti.
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The $1.7 million cost to protect TTC glass from scratchiti is on top of the $750,000 to $1 million the TTC spends annually cleaning spray painted graffiti off vehicles and subway station walls.
"We don't generally send a vehicle into service if it has graffiti. Generally, the principle is (removing the graffiti) within 24 hours of discovering it," Giambrone said, noting scratchiti has been a "mounting" problem for the past three or four years.
Using the film will actually save money in the "long run," TTC spokesman Brad Ross said.
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