8 Unwritten Rules of the TTC that should be written

Only 3 weeks into school and that commuter life already has me chilling in my cocoon of bedsheets every morning longer than I ever did last month. Being a commuter during the school year means having to depend on somebody else to get me to my 10am class and 5pm shifts – if that wasn’t evident enough every time I tried to explain why I was late to your event. (Well, it was actually probably my fault 75% of the time because I could have left earlier/spent less time on my eyeliner.)

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It also means depending on hundreds of other people throughout the day because you’re sharing the same bus driver and bus ride, hoping that no incidents cause any delays.

Getting to where you need to go in the summer isn’t too bad because you’ve got all the time in the world, you’re usually busing with your friends, and you can avoid rush hour. As a student and part-time worker, it’s not the easiest thing to do. And lately, I’ve realized I’ve been spending more time commuting than actually studying – which gives me the opportunity to study people on the bus. And, I’m noticing that some TTC etiquettes are not well known within our Torontonian commuter population…


So I’m taking to social media to make them a little more amplified; here’s a list of some unwritten rules that I feel should probably be plastered down on all buses! I may or may not forward this to our mayor/president of the TTC. But they’d prolly just:


Here’s the list anyway:

1. If there’s a line up of people waiting for the busespecially at stations… don’t be that guy. You know who I’m talking about Sir Cuts-A-Lot.

2. Please don’t hog an entire pole by pressing your body up against it (because otherwise I will fall on you and you will get mad and I will have to explain that I had no other choice but to hold onto you because the pole is clearly unavailable.)


3. Just like you wouldn’t call your best friend about her boy problems on speaker phone, your music is meant for your ears only.

4. If you’re on the escalator, choose a side to chill on. I shouldn’t feel bad about excusing myself past you, but I do because I’m Canadian, ok? Please make it easier on all of us.


5. Your bag does not possess emotions, feelings, body parts (I hope not), or anything else that makes it human, therefore the seat beside you is not intended for its comfort. (Should mainly apply for rush hour/when the bus is packed.)

6. “Another one that annoys me is when people get on the bus/subway when others are still trying to get off. It makes for a slow-moving jumble of limbs and embarrassed/annoyed apologies.” – Rachel Parenteau (S.O to her for mentioning this one I completely forgot about!)

7. Indoor voices. Pleeeeeeeease.  Especially on that 6pm commute when everyone’s either hangry or exhausted.

8. Thank the bus driver. They have to deal with enough stress throughout their day, they wouldn’t mind feeling appreciated. You wouldn’t forget to thank your doctor on your way out of their office, would you?


If I’ve forgotten to mention any other etiquettes, feel free to leave a comment and I may choose to add them in & change the number in the title of this post. Also if you’ve experienced these hiccups in your commute or know a buddy who should be aware of these etiquettes, feel free to share this post! Let’s make commuting less of a bad thing and going to school/work more of a good thing.

Love you commuter babes, keep rocking those metropasses and student tickets (unless you’ve been asked not to use those anymore…which prolly means you look mature & foiiine anyway)

PS. Huge shoutout to Bryan for giving me the idea to turn my tweet into a blog post a couple months back!

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3 replies »

  1. 9. When someone gets on who clearly needs to sit (disabled, elderly, person with a cane) don’t be a dick, give them your seat or at least offer (seen this too many times when noone would get up for an elderly lady who clearly did not have the strength to stand for the whole subway ride)


  2. 10. Don’t carry portable speakers with monotonous music blaring, or any sort or device that plays music loudly and obnoxiously, through the subway station or on a bus/subway car.


  3. 11. Please, if possible, try to keep your kids calm and quiet on the subway, it’s annoying when I can hear them screaming and talking loudly while I’m listening to music or trying to read.


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