Do you really save anything with TTC?

By the time I get home tonight, it will have taken me 2 hours and 20 minutes to get home. This is due to the subway not running just long enough for me to miss two buses. If I were driving this time of night, the longest it would take is an hour.

On the subway there was a poster that said CAA estimates it costs between $8900-$12000 annually to own and use a car. For me, I pay $104 a month for a pass, plus $111.80 in tokens for the second zone. That’s $2709.60 a year. I know I don’t go downtown every day of the week, but that is using the price of a token when bought in bulk, which I don’t always do. That looks like a great savings.

But the bus never runs on schedule. I head to the shelter 15 minutes early every day because sometimes it arrives 10 minutes early or, like today, 10 minutes late. So on average I waste 50 minutes a week on that end of the trip.

I don’t know how I manage to do so, but on my trip home, I always miss my bus by 10 minutes or less. This costs me 20 minutes or more on average a day, or 100 minutes a week. And on nights like tonight when there is a subway delay, I lose an hour. This happens about once every 4 months, which is not bad. So between the three ways I lose time, I am behind 7920 minutes, assuming 4.3 weeks in a month. Right now I’m being paid $40/hour as a TA, which means this loss of time costs me $5280. That’s a grand total of $7989.60. Being a student, the tax break means nothing to me. Oh, add in the cost of getting a student ID for my student pass and it is over $8000.

That’s getting pretty comparable to the cost of having a car. And then I can drive it other places too.
I like the subway. I don’t mind the bus once I’m on it. But I hate sitting at Downsview station on a freezing cold bench waiting for a bus that comes every half hour because it takes 15 minutes to get from Yorkdale station to Downsview. Someone told me this type of delay at the end of the line doesn’t happen at Finch. What’s up TTC?

Well I killed the time waiting for it writing this. Time to line up outside with the smokers, who the TTC don’t seem to want to fine.

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