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The TTC- Some Warnings and Tips for surviving Toronto's awful transit system Sep 30, 2012
(Note- I am writing this review having lived in Toronto for the past five years.)

Toronto may be an easy city to find your way around in, but it’s certainly home to one of the worst (and most expensive, at $3 per one-way ride) transit systems of a city its size. Although it in no way compares with places like New York, London or Paris size-wise, and I don’t necessarily support the validity of contrasts that are often made between transit systems in Toronto and these much larger major metropolises, it does have an incredibly inefficient and incomplete network of subway, bus and streetcar lines, with only two subway lines to cover the entire inner city area. That said, if you’re visiting Toronto and don’t have piles of cash for cab fare, or a bike and nerves of steel, you will likely have to take the TTC if you want to get around in Toronto without walking a lot. Some important tips to note are these- make sure you get a transfer slip from either the bus/streetcar driver or one of the machines in the subway stations. Even if you don’t plan on transferring during your trip, you may well find yourself in a situation where a streetcar or bus decides to short-turn and drop you off wherever they feel like, or there is a long delay on the subway and an alternative route is the best option. Hang on to these flimsy scraps of newsprint and don’t lose them, because TTC drivers and booth attendants can be merciless if you make a mistake. Also, they are only good for one-way trips, and you can ONLY use them to change direction if you wait for the next bus/streetcar AT THE TRANSFER POINT. If you decide to get off your Westbound streetcar and transfer to a Northbound bus, say, finding yourself waiting for a long time for the bus, and decide to start walking North, do not expect to be let on a Northbound bus with your transfer slip at the next stop. I find this totally ridiculous, but drivers will actually tell you to backtrack to your point of transfer in order to board the next bus! It can be infuriating. Never expect to be on time if you rely on the TTC, and whenever possible, plan your route ahead of time on Google Maps. One helpful thing about bus and streetcar travel is the numbers posted on the transit signs at most stops- you can text these and receive immediate responses on the predicted ETA of the next bus. These are fairly accurate in my experience. On the weekend, your best value is to share a day pass with a friend- this is only allowed on weekends, but is great value if you split the $10 pass between two people.
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