Snappy Answers: TTC Edition
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Snappy Answers: TTC Edition

Snappy Answers runs every Saturday afternoon. Send your questions, be they tough or trivial, to [email protected].
What’s up with the longer-than-normal wait at Chester Station? I know the reason for the one at Coxwell; the drivers change. But at Chester?
I’d been planning to email the TTC and ask, but I imagine you’ll answer my question in a much zazzier way.

Dear “J,”
Really? Just “J”? You couldn’t at least have made up a J-name? There are so many J-names! Jake, Justin, Johnny Joe… come on!
Anyway. We’ve actually never traveled the Bloor-Danforth line east of Yonge, because, well, it’s self-explanatory, no? Kidding. East of Yonge is totally lovely and vibrant and full of super-hip things to do on weekends. Probably.
To answer your question, we defer to the wisdom of local transit crusader Steve Munro, whose highly informative blog is, we’re pretty sure, the most reliable thing about the TTC.
Says Steve,

The intent is to keep trains on the line regularly spaced. Some crews used to make very short station stops and creep up on the preceding train. Their intent was to get to the terminal early and have a longer layover. The resulting irregular service would annoy riders. The tradeoff here is many short delays for more reliable service overall.

There you go. We suggest you use your longer-than-normal wait time to trim longer-than-normal nose hairs, read longer-than-normal Britney updates in the Metro, or think up longer-than-normal missed connections about the Kate Walsh lookalike reading Eat, Pray, Love across from you. How married can she be?

What ever happened to the Spadina bus? And are there any other anthems for stretches of the TTC?

No idea, and no, not that we know of. Sorry. We just really wanted to post this awesome video, featuring seminal bop-rap band the Shuffle Demons (what, you’ve never heard of them?) with their wonderful one hit, “Spadina Bus.” Thanks, Rachel!