You’ve probably seen them and may even be curious. They are the coloured dots that consistently appear along each subway platform wall. Be curious no longer! I’ve done a haphazard investigation into these mystical circles of colour, and this is what I’ve come up with:
Green Dot: like all things green, this dot means go. It lines up with the 5th Car, 1st Door, otherwise known as the Designated Waiting Area
Orange Dot: this dot means slow down. It lines up with the 3rd Car, 3rd Door. Standing beside this dot will bring you good luck when travelling westbound on the Bloor-Danforth line with the intention of switching to southbound Yonge
Red Dot: this dot means stop. It tells the driver where to line up the front of the train
The above dot scenarios apply to the six-car lines: Yonge-University-Spadina and Bloor-Danforth. The four-car Sheppard line uses dots too, but a little differently, yet to be investigated.
Want to put a little transit into your holidays?
Pick up a TTC subway car ($28) for your smaller friend at George’s Trains (call ahead to ensure stock).
Check out the 1983 classic A Christmas Story on the big screen starring the TTC’s vintage PCC streetcars – Royal Cinema at 608 College St. W. on Dec. 18th (4pm), 21st (9:30pm) and 22nd (7pm).
Show your loved one how truly frugal you are with a Spacing subway button of their home station – no better gift for a dollar (or a dollar-fifty) exists.