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Old 07-06-2011, 02:53 PM
 
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You'll be pulling your hair out trying to commute from Downtown Toronto.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:53 AM
 
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I am now trying to find an apartment downtown.

I tought I should find an apartment near to union station.
However, can I take my bus in queen station for example?
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:47 AM
 
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There's no comparison between public transportation in Europe (ie Paris, London) with Toronto.

You can get literally anywhere in those cities on a subway quickly and conveniently.

Toronto sadly is nowhere near it so to answer one of your questions - it's much, much, much worse.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:24 PM
 
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If the OP wants to ignore the advice from locals and frequent visitors, that's his choice, but when he is standing in freezing slush waiting for a bus that shows up 20 minutes later than schedule, he will regret his decision!
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:59 PM
 
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Forget about Public transportation. Buy a car, because you will be going the opposite direction of rush hour traffic going to and coming back from work.
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Old 07-07-2011, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Mississauga ON
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Seriously cheslina, I understand you might be lured by the "downtown living" experience, but the really smart thing to do in your case is to move to north/northwest Mississauga (my suggestions are Meadowvale, Streetsville and Erin Mills since your job is in the area) and get a car (or even walk if you're close enough!). Take the GO commuter train downtown from the Meadowvale or Streetsville station on evenings/weekends so you can "be" downtown when you want, or drive there and park in a $5 flat rate lot whenever you want, but don't move there if your job is in Mississauga. You'll be sorry you did. The farthest east I would personally go is central Etobicoke. Any further east and your commuting life will most likely turn out to be a nightmare. People who live downtown generally work downtown, or rely on the TTC subway for commuting directly to work. With a job in Mississauga, this is simply impossible.

Think about this - you have the luxury of moving as close as possible to your future job since you already know where it will be! Lots of GTA commuters would literally *kill* for that opportunity... and your quality of life will be much higher if you don't spend an hour (or even 1 and a half!) commuting to work and back each day of the week. Trust me on this. Commuting gets old fast, and I drive my own car alone with my own music and my own things, and my commute is only 25-45 minutes long depending on traffic. I can't imagine how bad it would suck on public transit, but I checked once and the website said that the Mississauga buses would take more than an hour (plus many transfers) to get me from my home to my work. As another poster correctly pointed out, this isn't Europe with super-efficient, always-on-time trains, buses and métros. This is North America where cars still rule (for better or worse). Our public transit is nothing like you've ever experienced if you've never set foot here before. Plus, we've got another little nasty thing called winter that makes things even more complicated, hard, and frustrating.

Not to mention that you'll likely end up paying less in rent/fees/parking for your apartment and a lot of other stuff living in Mississauga as opposed to Toronto... lower car insurance rates will also be a big benefit if you get tired of bussing yourself around all the time (and you will...) and finally end up buying a car.

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Old 07-08-2011, 08:32 AM
 
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Great points.

But not all of north american mass transit completely blows - NYC, Chicago and DC have decent transit. Houston, not so much.... And nothing in Canada.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:48 AM
 
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DC transit is the same, or only slightly better than, Toronto's. You probably only think it's good because you only visited the major attractions areas in the city itself. The suburban service is bad, and the Metro is expensive too. There are major suburbs with hundreds of thousands of residents who have no subway or train service at all. They are only now starting to extend the Metro to Dulles Airport.
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:24 AM
 
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Great points.

But not all of north american mass transit completely blows - NYC, Chicago and DC have decent transit. Houston, not so much.... And nothing in Canada.
Granted, New York City and Chicago are exceptions rather than the rule. Overall though, North American cities aren't nearly as inclined towards developing/utilizing public transit as European cities usually are.
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Old 07-08-2011, 12:03 PM
 
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ok all I wanted to say is that not all of North America is that bad. Whereas in Canada, it's all bad.

At least they've started in DC to connect it to the airport. In Toronto, that's a pipe dream. It'll take 10 years to get an agreement, they will, and then an administration change will come in and kill it. Wash, rinse, repeat.

What I love, love about America is that they actually start stuff the next administration has to finish. Ford killed Transit City (you know, that thing Miller worked 7 years on?) in about a day. Good luck to the next administration in boston's big dig just saying "yeah we're not gonna finish it". Sure they can modify it, reduce it, whatever, but they can't just trash it like Ford did.
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