Daily Transportation in Toronto

 

 

Toronto is the largest city in Canada, and one of the first things that newcomers must do is to familiarise themselves on getting around. The Good thing is that the massive city has a highly reliable and extensive network of public transport which serves as the main way of travelling by its inhabitants. 

Choosing which the primary way to get in and around Toronto will still depend on the area of residence and daily activities. For example, expatriates who are going to live outside the metropolitan or those whose work requires travelling to neighbouring cities is best to own a car. However, when in the city centre, driving is not an attractive option for many people because of traffic and hefty parking rates. 

Public Transportation 

Buses 

  • The extensive bus network of Toronto is composed of 140 routes which mean that most areas are serviceable. Buses also connect the city centre to suburban areas which make it a perfect option for those don’t want to drive and are living outside the metropolitan. During most of the day, buses arrive every ten to 20 minutes, but expats must expect a little delay on peak hours because of heavy traffic and congestion. 

Streetcar 

  • Toronto is one among the few North American cities that are still using street cars. The city currently has several street cars that are equipped with new floors, new doors, air conditioning and wheelchair ramp. Street cars strictly implement a proof-of-pay rule where passengers are required to keep their tickets for inspection. Those who will not be able to present their proof of pass can be fined for up to $425. 

Subway 

  • All subways in Toronto operate from 6 am until 1 am and have routes in that bridge the Metropolitan to surrounding areas such as Rosedale and Etobicoke. This type of public transport is the most efficient and fastest way of getting in and around the city where trains arrive every five minutes. Those living in the district of North York will greatly benefit with the local subway because the neighbourhood has three stations underneath. 

Tickets 

All of Toronto’s public transportation is operated by the Toronto Transit Commission which issues a universal ticket that can be used on the buses, street cars and subway. Tokens and tickets can be purchased at any vending machine located in every station, but expats moving to Toronto must be mindful that some machines are not functioning properly but don't have signed on it. So it is best to buy a pass from one of the manned booths just to be sure.