A Toronto public transit user's life can be unfortunate.
You deal with annual fare hikes, packed subways, and of course, you have to put up with delays, delays and more delays.
If you grew up using Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), or still spend your days "riding the Rocket," we can all agree some days are just painful, while others — like meeting a super nice driver, having the bus stop for you or chatting with a fellow Torontonian — make it a genuinely positive part of your day.
This isn't a list that outlines all the annoying things we have to deal with during our commutes, but a narrowed-down look at all the things you start noticing when you've been taking the TTC for way too many years.
Now obviously a story of this size cannot possibly cover every nook and cranny, so don't forget to list your favourite/worst thing about the TTC in the comments below:
You know the streetcar lines at Spadina Station are not equal
If you ever get stuck at Spadina station during morning rush hour, you'll notice three things: a) there are two lines b) the station conductors love saying "mind the doors" and c) the line for the front doors ALWAYS looks long but ALWAYS moves faster. Try it out yourself.
You already know Kennedy, Warden and Greenwood stations have classical music
No, it is not in your head. And yes, it can be kind of soothing.
Sometimes, you walk faster than a streetcar
If you ever have a choice between walking or taking the streetcar downtown during rush hour, just walk.
TTC PDA kills you softly
Unless, of course, you happen to be sitting on an old-school subway with orange and yellow seats, and slide back and forth at every stop, touching people around you. Gross.
You remember these
And all the fraud stories that came with them.
Bathurst station always smells the freaking best
And Union and Dundas West smell like Filet-o-Fish.
If you snooze, you know you never have to give up your seat
"Ride the Rocket" was always an inside (dirty) joke growing up
And no, Spadina doesn't rhyme with vagina. Grow up.
You like telling TTC noobs that conductors actually used to announce each station
Remember when each stop garnered a lot more enthusiasm?
And who is this new automated voice on the new subway anyways?
...A robot? She also says "Dundas" and "Bloor" in a weird way.
You know at least one person who has done this
Seriously kids, don't do this.
— Amanda (@amandamarrone1) March 10, 2013
Speaking of maps, sometimes you STILL have to check to make sure you're going the right way
Waiting on the platform can look like this
And you hate nothing more than people who cut in line.
Rush hour makes you wish you had a car
... or a job in Ajax or Hamilton.
You laugh at people who stand on the wrong side of the opening doors
Things about transit bother you: Exhibit A: Annoying pet peeve
Exhibit B: Worse pet peeve
Exhibit C: Why the hell do I still take this every day?
Yes, some stations have WiFi — but you don't have time to use it
Send that email, quick!
Any kind of fight or altercation on transit ends up on World Star Hip Hop
Stations on the Sheppard Line are just gorgeous
The transfer machine was your best friend growing up
You were one of those annoying kids constantly hitting the button, and you were also creative enough to make little hats, boats and origami figures from the paper.
You remember when TTC fares used to be cheap
The adult fare was $2 in 1996
You remember this commercial
(Sorry for making you feel old)
You never want to be on the TTC after any kind of sporting event or concert
You have to deal with drunk, angry and loud commuters.
If you're a student, you've been asked at least ONCE to prove your age
Alternatively, you know someone who WASN'T a student who got away with it for years
Because they looked 8.
You look at other city's subway systems and cry on the inside
One day Toronto, one day.
(Both good and bad)
— Dwayne Charles DM (@007_ddm) March 10, 2013
You dream of the day when the subway is 24/7
Two people in the turnstyle with one Metropass?
Oh yeah, it happens
You honestly can't remember the last time you took the streetcar to Harbourfront
Construction in this city never ends.
This sound is music to your ears
And also an indicator when you have to run for the subway
— TTCing (@TTCing) May 11, 2014
The gap between the platform and the subway is a scary place
And you probably know someone who has dropped something down there.
You know for fact some bus/streetcar drivers are AMAZING
Shout out to Christina on the #86 Scarborough bus and the super-friendly 510 Spadina streetcar driver who tells riders not to "drink and drive"
You have to admit, the subway is pretty clean
Compared to like, New York City
You're used to subway delays
And surprisingly, they always don't last so long
But you never factor in tiny delays at Kennedy/Kipling/Finch/Downsview, which always makes you late
And why is it that the subway ALWAYS decides to slow down when it gets to Kennedy?
The distance between stations North of Bloor/Yonge always feel like they take forever
We love going to
Kipling/Leslie station IKEA
And no matter how much you love to complain about public transit...
...you will be a commuter for life. Just think about it, it's better for the environment, cheaper than gas and you see interesting people on a daily basis.