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Subway Direction Sign
When you are exiting a subway station there are always (supposed to be anyway) signage to tell you what street you are going out onto, and which side of the road. If there are streetcars those will be indicated too. Remember, if you are going east, then you will get on the streetcar, normally, on the west side of the street or vice versa. This was taken at the Osgood stop on the University line of the subway, which is also Queen St. W. Remember too, that East/West starts from Yonge Street, and Street numbers start from the South to the North.
Blurred View of 5pm Traffic on Hwy 401
This picture isn't the best I've taken, but I was on a bus at the time, avoiding the hassles and stresses of driving my own car. The bus was going up Don Mills Rd over the 401 and these were the car lights I could see to the west, slowing down around Leslie/Bayview/ Yonge Streets - although coming east looks heavy too.
Type: Car/Motor Home
Inside Yorkdale Bus Terminal
Yorkdale Shopping Mall is at the north end of the city, between Dufferin Street and the Allen Expressway. It is also a transportation hub with a subway stop, and a bus terminal for local, regional and long haul buses (coaches). The bus from Winnipeg (and beyond) stops here before it makes the trip downtown. It is a handy place to meet people because of the parking.
Oh yes, and there is a Tim Hortons coffee shop upstairs!!!!
Should you be travelling around Toronto for the day, whether it be by bus, streetcar or subway (underground), look into purchasing a Daypass for $7.50CDN. Before you buy a pass, though, know that you need to be using it 4 times over the day or you might as well buy tokens at $2.25 each (adult fare). However, if you are visiting on Sunday, or Official Holiday, and you are with family or friends, the DayPass (still for $7.50) is good for either 2 Adults, 2 Adults & 4 children or, I think, 1 Adult and 5 children (brave person!). Now THAT is a great deal.
We each had a daypass on Sat when Suet, Imaniac and Lalkens were visiting the city and between walking about, we used it for the King Streetcar, a ride on the Queen Streetcar, then the subway to St. Clair. Had a lunch break, then went on the St. Clair streetcar, another walk to the Dupont subway station, then got on and off the Spadina streetcar, had a visit to Queen's Quay, and back on the streetcar to Union Station. The above ground transportation too, allowed us to see without having to wear out "shanks ponies" (aka our legs) too much.
Phone: 416-393-INFO (4636)
Union Station Grand Hall
Union Station is, of course, the main rail station for Toronto. Located on Front Street between Bay St and York St, across from The Royal York hotel, and connected by tunnels to the Air Canada Centre to the south, and to the Royal York Hotel and then The P.A.T.H - the underground route of tunnels through the business section of downtown Toronto.
The Grand Hall - or the main, ground level, area of the Departures and Ticket sales, car rentals, and information - has beautiful architectural elements if you look up, but the main features are the 2 huge windows the dominate either end of the hall. They have appeared in a number of American films and tv shows portraying New Yorks Grand Central Station - most remarkably in the movie, SilverStreak, where the train comes smashing through the big window.
Union Station is also the connection to the TTC subway system, "GO" trains & buses, and the LRT (Light Rapid Transit) system down to Queen's Quay.
Which Line do I Take?
When you get on the subway at Union Station, you have 2 choices... both going North! The Yonge Line falls (under) Yonge Street thru the main centre of business and shopping up to Finch. The Eaton Centre can be accessed by either the Queen stop or Dundas. Bloor will give you the high class shopping area, or you can transfer to the Bloor-Danforth (east/west line). Other main stops are St. Claire, Eglinton, Lawrence, York Mills (Bus station there) Sheppard (for the miniscule Sheppard subway line eastward), then up 2 more stops to Finch. Finch is where many of the northern connector bus lines stop, and has large parking areas for the commuters.
The University line takes you up University Avenue letting you get off by some of the hospitals, U of T campus, the Ontario Government (Queen's Park), the Royal Ontario Museum (Museum stop), Spadina you can transfer to the Bloor Danforth line, and then head north to Yorkdale and finally up to Downsview.
TTC System Route Sign at Union Stn.
When you've arrived in a subway station and you aren't sure what route to take or you need to know where to go to find a particular street in the immediate vicinity of the station, look for one of these subway route signs.
Perhaps this is a Warning and Not Transportation Tip but ... since it is officially spring. (So Mother Nature isn't aware of it, as the snowstorm rages outside!).. that means the other season has begun - ROAD WORKS!!!!
Eglinton Ave looking East
Just remember that certain streets have special lanes for buses, and taxies, and sometimes commuter lanes for vehicles with 3 or more passengers. There are signs hanging above the lane to advise you of that. Certain times of the day 7-9am and 4-6pm normally, you cannot park on many main streets to ease the flow of traffic. You WILL be towed, and it WILL be a hassle and it definitely WILL be expensive. Many streets are using the parking metre machine rather than individual parking metres. I believe they take credit cards and maybe debit cards too - and if you're lucky, they'll give 'em back as well. (That's a joke, I hope!).
Type: Car/Motor Home
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