How about them dots?
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How about them dots?

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.jpgGreen 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.jpgOrange 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.jpgRed 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?
george-train.jpgPick 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.