Snappy Answers: Stop Asking About the TTC. Don't They Have a Website?
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Snappy Answers: Stop Asking About the TTC. Don’t They Have a Website?

Snappy Answers runs every Saturday afternoon. Send your questions, be they tough or trivial, to [email protected].
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One of the more confusing routes on the TTC… the Yonge night bus. If you miss the last train southbound (just after 1 a.m.) on the far north end of the Yonge subway line, say, York Mills, passengers often have to wait 20+ minutes for a bus. Trains come every 6 minutes or so at night, and then after that the bus, with 1/10th the capacity, comes every 20 minutes. The first Yonge night bus south is always packed. I was hoping that the new service improvements would add some extra buses to that route, but still, between 1 and 2 a.m., service is pathetic southbound. Why is this!?
To make matters worse, at York Mills there are THREE places to catch the bus southbound. The 97/320 stops at the northwest corner of Wilson/Yonge. The 320A stops at the southwest corner of Wilson/Yonge. The 97A stops on Wilson Ave just west of Yonge. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people running across the intersection to another stop in confusion.
Thanks Torontoist!
—Shaun


Dear Shaun,
Speaking of confusion, what is your question, exactly? You want to know why you have to wait 20 minutes for bus service in the baby hours of the night? You don’t understand why service slows down during these hours, why our massively-in-debt city can’t pay drivers enough to show up every five minutes when they’d all rather be sleeping? Most troubling of all, you’re sincerely flummoxed by the fact that there are three different bus stops for—don’t go losing your mind now—three different bus routes?
If these questions don’t answer themselves, and you’re still baffled and bothered by public transit service that isn’t tailored to your personal schedule, call (416) 751-5555.
Hope this helps.


Why does the TTC have “Sunday stops”? What’s so special about Sunday that requires extra bus/streetcar stops? And who ever gets off at them, anyways?
—Ian

There’s nothing special about Sunday, unless you’re a practicing Christian. Haven’t you noticed that the “Sunday stops” are always in front of rather large brick structures with stained glass windows, prohibitively heavy wooden doors, and clusters of women in beige pantyhose and bad shoes? Yep, churchgoers—those are the people you have to blame for the extra stops and delays on your way to hangover breakfast at The Beaver.
Sunday stops are as old as your crotchety, crochet-shrouded Great Aunt Maude, and unfortunately, even less likely to give up the ghost any time soon. We think it’s a useless concession to tradition. And if they’re going to stop on Sunday mornings, why stop there? Why not on Saturdays, for synagogues? Or every day, five special times a day, for Muslim prayer? Seriously (not seriously), why hasn’t there been a small-but-vocal protest on Yonge Street about this insidious religious discrimination on bus and streetcar routes?
Oh great, just great. Now we’re even asking ourselves lengthy, pointless questions about the TTC. Will it never end?

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