The public transit can sometimes be the best way to commute around certain parts of Toronto, especially the downtown core area. But other times, it can be a nightmare due to many things such as rain, service delays, detours and etc. So without further ado, here are some tips for those commuting on the TTC.
1. For rainy days, bring a small plastic bag to put your umbrella in
Rainy days in my opinion, are the worst while taking the TTC. The whole bus will occasionally fog up and become really stuffy. Almost everyone will be carrying umbrellas and I’ve had more than a few wet umbrellas drip water on me. It’s annoying but it’s also something we can’t control. However, by putting your umbrella into a plastic bag you can prevent smacking anyone with a wet umbrella. You wouldn’t have to hold it away from your body to not get your clothes wet either, you could simply place the bagged umbrella on your lap and continue on. The bag is reusable but remember to give your umbrella a wipe down afterwards or you risk it getting slightly moldy or musty-smelling.
2. For those who have long daily commutes on the TTC bring power banks
Delays are not uncommon on the TTC and the last thing you want is to have a dead phone on a subway train or bus that’s stuck in traffic or delayed. Power banks come in all shapes and sizes, I would recommend getting flat slim rectangle one or a round cookie -shaped one for convenience.
3. Have an alternate route or two if possible, or write down where your going
Sometimes, things happen on the TTC and major delays will occur or service would even flat out stop. Sure there could be shuttle buses running if the delay is long enough, but they take forever during rush hour (which is most likely when the problem could occur). In this case, have your destination in mind or written down and ask someone what to take to get to where. Or the nearest intersection to your target.
4. Carry headphones, earbuds etc.
This isn’t really a tip, but more of a plea. I can’t count on one hand how many times I’ve been on a bus with someone blasting music from their phone, normally this doesn’t bother me but at 7am or 8am in the morning? At least play it quietly and maybe press your phone against your ear?
5. Be mindful of your belongings and of others
A crowded bus or train is the worst, oftentimes because of being bumped into and etc. Watch the space around you and hold your bag in front of you when you go up the stairs to the back of the bus. I don’t mean this in a bad or angry way, but my poor shoulder is getting sore from being slammed by people’s bags and purses. With that in mind, when you have a seat, try to offer it to someone who may need it more than you do. Its better to get a “thank you, but I’m good” from someone, than a scolding from another person.
That’s all I can think of for tips for TTC commuters. Am I missing one that you think should be on here? Let me know in the comments!