Focus on the the art, not the ride home. Here's how to navigate the chaos properly.
How you navigate Nuit Blanche can make or break your experience. A little forethought will help you reach exhibits without questioning why you bothered to brave the crowds. With that in mind, here are some tips for getting around.
Be patient. Transit service may not be as speedy as your weary body desires. You may want to strangle your fellow passengers for misbehaving, but maintaining a calm, courteous demeanour will improve everyone’s trip home. If you’re stuck on a miserable ride, talk to your fellow commuters. You may receive tips on what to see or avoid.
Leave the car at home. There’s no need to drive into the heart of Nuit Blanche, because GO and the TTC offer commuter parking. If you have to bring a private vehicle into the core, use a bicycle.
Avoid Queen Street West as a route home until long after the bars empty out. The mixture of Nuit Blanche crowds headed to exhibits as far west as the Gladstone Hotel, the Saturday night bar scene, cabs, streetcars waiting for a clearing, and people insisting on driving into the chaos can raise anyone’s blood pressure.
And here are some other important details:
Street Closures During Nuit Blanche 2014
This year, portions of Spadina Avenue, Queen Street West, Bathurst Street, Fort York Boulevard, and Bremner Boulevard will be closed to vehicles. Here’s a complete list of all the closures, and when they’ll be in effect.
Subways will be running every 10-15 minutes all night on Line 1 (Yonge-University) between St. Clair West and Eglinton stations and on Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) between Keele and Woodbine stations. You’ll see higher-than-normal percentages of people sleeping in their seats, and inebriated passengers doing chin-ups on the handrails.
A special Nuit Blanche day pass is available at all TTC collector booths for $11. Each pass is good for unlimited travel for up to two adults and four children between Saturday, October 4, and 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 5. It’s a great way to check out the more remote exhibits, and it allows you to pack in a full Saturday of roaming the city.
GO will also be offering expanded service, offering special trains on all its lines.
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