Quick Toronto subway question.

Anyone know how long it takes to get from Woodbine to Kipling (basically end-to-end on the Bloor/Danforth line) at rush hour on a Friday? I need to catch a bus to the airport tomorrow morning. The schedules don’t tell you how long these things take.


OOPS! Wrong thread! Damn, now I’m gonna get flamed! :smack:

I mean, wrong forum! :smack: :smack:

Kipling to Bloor/Yonge takes approx 30 minutes in rush-hour. Roughly 2 minutes a stop. So, count the stops between Bloor/Yonge and Woodbine, multiply by 2 and add 30 and…

It won’t make a difference, because invariably the thing will break down leaving you standed in a tunnel while your plane leaves without you…

TTC = Take The Car.

Now this is set for the pit! Thanks for the tip. I figured about 45 minutes. I’ve been riding the subway to/from school for 2 months, and I’ve had delays > 5 minutes more times than I can count, and a while a go, the damn thing shut down “due to an emergency” and I had to take 2 buses and a streetcar in the snow! GRR!

However I think it would be ludicrous to try to drive to school, for so many reasons (not counting the reason of me not having a car).

Okay, let’s make it Pit-worthy!

I stopped taking the Toronto subway when a woman collapsed on the subway platfrom from a heart attack, we called for help and no one came.

Cellphone didn’t work, so we used the emergency intercom.


Voice: “… Yeah?”

Me: “We need emergency medical service right away. A woman has collapsed on the platform!”

Voice: “… Yeah… Okay.”

Several minutes. No one comes to help.

Another train pulls up. Worried passengers exit and ask if we need help. No train guard looks out to see if the platform is clear/safe like usual, so no TTC “Officers” notice the woman curled up in the fetal position on the ground. Train drives away.

No one responding to emergency. I run upstairs. No one in ticket booth either. I run back down to platform to tell them I’ll be using a pay phone to dial 911 and I’d be getting an ambulance.

But the woman is feeling better. Pulse has a stronger more even rhythm. Her office is just around the corner, she wants to go to to a doctor from there.

Note: In first aid training, they never told me what to do if someone refuses help. I really, really, really preferred to have an ambulance on scene, but it didn’t happen. Me: Ambulance a must! Woman: “No”. Argh!

Two more trains go by. No TTC Officers, no response from our emergency “send EMS” help call.

Angry bystander uses emergency intercom.


Voice: “…sigh…Yeah?”

Bystander: “It’s a good thing no one’s beelding to death down here!”

Voice: “… Yeah.”

Escorted the stricken woman to her office, her co-workers took her from us and she went to an emercency doc from there.

That was the last day I took the subway to work. Don’t need the early morning trauma.

I’ve since moved and will now take the streetcar. At least on the streetcar my cellphone works and in an emergency I can call 911 and someone will come.


Jeeziz. I’ve witnessed a (very) small number of incidents here in Montreal, and they’ve always responded quickly. Certainly not that apathetic.

Matt betcha if I’d run out then hopped back over the turnstile someone would’ve come running.

Seriously, I was shocked this was during the morning rush hour no less, when they usually have TTC guys all over the place – no one was even in the ticket booth? AGH! Where were they???

I have to say, that was one of the worst, sinking feelings ever – when you thought you’d sent for 911 and then you realize no one’s coming.

Bystanders were great though, I have to say.

And I did call TTC security. They didn’t give a rat’s ass and transferred me to the customer service line. They promised “they’d look into it for me” and never called me back.