Hello Canada Part-3 Transport
One great thing to be happy about is the public transport in Toronto. If buying a car or getting a license is made tough, then options of public transport need to be enabled and it is done rightly so. We have subway trains, trams, local buses, long distance buses, long distance trains for transport. Also we have costly options like Uber/Lyft.
Uber/Lyft: Private taxi stories and driver tales are another article series altogether. I would love to share those thoughts with the outer world soon. They are a costly option for commute like all cities. But make sure to use them during peak winter or essential commute. Always make sure to keep your Canadian credit/debit card charged up with the app. Also carry a portable mobile charger at all times. You can also opt for hybrid commute of bus and taxi for splitting up your route and saving on fare.
Local Bus: Depending upon your neighborhood, you wither board Miway(Mississauga), York Transit(North York region), TTC(Toronto), Durham transit( Durham region). All the buses arrive fairly on time, except during winter, when there is bus breakdown which is common. You can get the PRESTO card and load it up online or in kiosk. Fares are normally 3.5 CAD and unlimited trips during the 2 hours of first usage. GO buses are long distance buses for commute between regions. Make sure to double check the bus stop and timing in google maps. Google Maps is the single most effective app for commute in Toronto.
Make sure to count the stops or the exact stop name for you to alight. Display boards display the bus stops name. Unless there is a person at the bus stop or someone requested for a STOP, buses do not stop at all stops. So make sure to request for STOP by pressing the red button or by pulling the string before the stop to signal the driver. You can observe other people and learn from the same. Buses do not stop at random locations. Also make sure to go to the back of the bus to make room for other passengers.
If you are not opting for PRESTO card, tender exact change and get the bus ticket from the driver. Bus stops are not heated, some transit stations are heated. So make sure to be properly clothed for the season while waiting at the bus stop. Make sure to stand at a level visible to the driver. If there is no passenger at the bus stop, buses do not stop. Also there are express service which do not stop at all stations, be cognizant of the same.
Sub-urban trains also have a sizeable patronage here in Toronto. They serve certain areas, and many make sure to get accommodation nearby such train stations. PRESTO card works in trains as well, and people use up self activated train tickets in apps to commute in trains. Trains are very comfortable and have charging outlets as well. Sub-way trains are also good and are very useful in Toronto city.
Always make sure to carry pocket change
Make sure to carry portable mobile charger
Enough knowledge on the routes/timings and bus stations