2017-06-25 Sun

TTC Trips 2 of 6

Tuesday 13th June from York University Keele/Steeles campus to home (College subway). I walked back to the #60 stop but saw a Keele bus, and thought “Feeder to the subway”.

I was home in two hours.

The bus capably demonstrated its ability to tour half the campus (unlike the #60 of the trip in) and then headed off down Keele Street. So far so good. I settled into the RTL breakfast show - a 2+hour podcast from France.

We took on some passengers, threw out some others, and then stopped.

We stopped to wait for a northbound bus with a special driver, one who, like our driver, could demonstrate an ability to wait for the lights to change (again) and so cross the road, effectively swapping buses. I don’t know how much time this swap cost us, but it added to the total.

We set off again (after hang up jacket, adjust mirrors, adjust seat, re-adjust mirrors to accommodate the new position of seat and so on) and I think it was this driver who took us on a scenic tour of the backwaters of Keele Street.

At the lights we swung to the right, off Keele Street, leaving the people at the southbound stop mystified. Nothing for it but for our driver to hop off the bus and walk to the potential passengers and tell them to cross the street and board this bus, even if they did want to go south on Keele Street.

We made a five- to ten-minute meander around the houses and turned left onto a major east-west street, that might have been Sheppard Avenue. Up ahead I could see Toronto Transit Commission buses streaming north and south on Keele street, so there was no blockage in effect. Why the detour? I don’t know how much time this swap cost us, but it added to the total.

After this strain, it became necessary to change drivers again. I shan’t retype al that stuff; I will use copy-and-paste.

We stopped to wait for a northbound bus with a special driver, one who, like our driver, could demonstrate an ability to wait for the lights to change (again) and so cross the road, effectively swapping buses. I don’t know how much time this swap cost us, but it added to the total.

We set off again (after hang up jacket, adjust mirrors, adjust seat, re-adjust mirrors to accommodate the new position of seat and so on).

We reached Keele subway station sometime on Wednesday. Just kidding, but I arrived at College Subway Station exactly two hours after we left York University.

Observations

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I have written about the last direct sunlight being blocked off by the two new condominium towers to the east of my apartment. Any day now ...

I have previously documented the four (at one time seven) tower cranes visible to the north of me.

My northern window gives me the most sky-space. Recently the new condominium to the north of the YMCA began to raise its ugly head above the skyline. I have circled in purple what I suspect is the central elevator shaft.

This time next year my sky-view will be bisected by a tower. I will still be able to see jets as they head East to Unionville before making a U-turn to land at Toronto Airport, but now they will flash through a gap, hide behind a tower, and maybe be visible in the gap on the other side.