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Crosstown traffic
toronto, ttc
For Toronto folks:

What's the best way for me to get from Glencairn or Eglinton West station to Eglinton station at evening rush hour carrying a cello? I need to get there just before 6. My goals are: consistent time (better it take 45 minutes every time than 30 minutes some days and 60 others), speed, and ease of carrying said cello around.

It looks like my possibilities are:
  • Eglinton bus

  • YUS line from Glencairn all the way to Eglinton, via Union

  • YUS line to St George, Bloor line to Yonge, YUS line to Eglinton

  • YUS line to St Clair West, streetcar to St Clair, YUS line to Eglinton

  • Glencairn bus to Davisville, YUS line to Eglinton

I've been doing "Eglinton bus" but it sure gets crowded and the variability depending on traffic and how long a pee break the driver takes at Eglinton West means that I can end up arriving really early.

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I'd cross out the Bloor option; years ago I worked out that staying on the Yonge line is nearly as fast as transferring and waiting twice, and especially if you're hauling something along then settling into one train beats three trains. The train is likely to run more often and more reliably, but I've never had to use those busses so I can't contrast them directly.

I've found the Wilson busses to be faster than Eg or Lawrence busses, but it's farther out of the way than St Clair and I've still ended up waiting >15 mins for one anyway. When the Glencairn bus shows up on time, it's actually pretty good.

Or wait 7 years for the Eg line to show up. :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eglinton_Crosstown_LRT_(TTC)

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