Grateful for Transit

Since moving to Toronto, I have been grateful for the public transit because it has helped me get from place to place.

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A train pulls into the station in Toronto. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Trains, buses and streetcars have taken myself and my family to many destinations: watching the circus displays at the Harbourfront, looking at the animals in the Toronto Zoo, shopping in Chinatown, exploring different venues during the Open Doors weekend in May, to skating lessons, to work.

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A bus on the streets of Toronto. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Even though we do not have a car, we are able to get to where it is we need to go. Buses and trains run frequently from our neighbourhood, and late nights do not prevent us from getting home.

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A streetcar in Toronto. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) is a reliable public transit system that I appreciate and am grateful for – especially as I come from a country where public transit is almost non-existent.

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46 thoughts on “Grateful for Transit

  1. a loving note from our (trilingual) daughter after the 14th of July lunch… ❤ you do understand French: 🙂

    Bonsoir mes parents chéris,
    Juste un petit mot pour vous remercier de ce super-moment de qualité passé hier midi avec vous. Je ne pense pas que tous les enfants devenus adultes sont satisfaits de l'éducation que leurs parents leur ont donnée, ou sont réellement fiers et enchantés d'être nés dans leur famille. C'est mon cas, et pour cette raison mon cœur porte bcp d'amour pour vous et for ever. Il explose d'amour, de reconnaissance et de respect pour vous! Ian vous embrasse, aussi. Je vous adore, bisous, Leslie

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    1. A beautiful note Melanie. It shows not only her love for you both, but also the love you have for her. Thank you for sharing these beautiful words with us.

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  2. Such beautiful photo’s Colline! It must be nice to have transport on hand if you need to go somewhere. Around here most of the shops are close by, but it would be nice to have a bus service again. Unfortunately that died out, but I am grateful that I am still healthy enough to walk wherever I need to. Great post hon. 😀 ♥ Hugs ♥

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    1. I remember when the bus service died in Johannesburg – after a strike that lasted for weeks. I have always said that the workers “striked” themselves out of a job!

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  3. Great theme, Colline! Will do one later. I also believe that the public transportation is a great thing. We like to use the PT when we travel.

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    1. It is the perfect solution for me TB. I do not really enjoy driving and with me living in a city with a good system, there is never any need for me to do so.

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    1. This one is from Instagram Jo. I liked the way it showcased ordinary subjects like buses 🙂
      The week so far has been good. Lots of relaxation and working on a project that will be the topic of tomorrow’s blog post 🙂

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    1. It is. They now have a person in charge who used to work for the subway system in London. The result is that the system is becoming more consumer friendly.

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  4. What a breath of fresh air. So many people in Toronto complain about our transit system. I think most of them are automobile owners who get stuck behind the street car. I know that there’s lots of room for improvement but thank you for being so positive and appreciative.

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    1. If people knew what it was like not to have a well-run transit system, then they would appreciate what they have. It can only get better – and we already have such a good start 🙂

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  5. Transport here is also excellent. 5 min walk to bus stop, 10 min to railway station and shops, 30 min train journey into Wellington the nearest city! Best of all over 65 can use transport for free between 9 am -3 pm giving enough time to do and visit where ever you want to go

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  6. It is great that you can get to so many places via public transport. Not only is it convenient, you get around on foot – which is a great form of exercise. Here in Melbourne, a lot of attractions and restaurants are easily accessible by train, tram or bus. Not everything runs on time, but I suppose that’s the case anywhere in the world.

    I smiled when you say that late nights do not prevent you from getting home. Me too. Public transport usually runs up until past midnight in Melbourne, which means plenty of time to get home 🙂

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    1. Over here the trains and buses run until 3am and then start up again at 6am. And on New Year’s eve – it runs non-stop. The city really wants to prevent drinking and driving.

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      1. That is a very good initiative by Toronto. Sounds like your city has very hardworking people too, working so late and so early. Gives you the chance to party hard, too 🙂

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    1. That I know. When I was at Wits in the eighties, I took the bus I everyday and it was quite reliable. However, things changed in the nineties, especially after a weeks long strike which resulted in the bus service being cut and the bus route I used becoming unreliable.

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  7. I would be most grateful for public transportation, too. I love this idea of sharing what you’re grateful for, and look forward to seeing what else you come up with. 🙂

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    1. Where do you live Jo? I have lived in a place where there is almost no public transport system and it can be frustrating to have no alternative form of getting around.

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