New map shows walking times between Toronto subway stations
Next time the TTC breaks down, consider walking to your destination. The next station may be closer than you think.
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The next time you think about taking a short trip on the TTC, a Queen’s University professor wants you to consider walking instead.
“Walking is the most sustainable type of public transportation,” says Pavlo Kalyta, who teaches accounting and sustainable economics at Queen’s. “It’s great for your health, great for the environment and great for your wallet.”
Kalyta has created a map of Toronto’s subway system that includes estimated walking times between stations. The times vary, ranging from three minutes between Queen and Dundas stations to a whopping 43 minute walk between Warden and Kennedy.
Walking from Bloor-Yonge to Union Station – one of the most common trips on the TTC – takes about 35 minutes.
Kalyta told Metro he created the map to help residents and tourists make healthier life choices.
“Instead of rushing to the gym after work to spend time on the treadmill, why not choose to walk between a few subway stations every day?” he said.
Prior to making the TTC map, Kalyta designed a similar one for the Montreal Metro and posted it to Facebook.
“It was really popular,” he said. “I was reading all the comments and transit users were saying it should be part of the official map.”
Kalyta believes transit agencies have a role to play in promoting walking, because every transit trip also involves being a pedestrian – even if it’s just strolling from your front door to the bus stop.
TTC spokesman Brad Ross said the TTC doesn’t plan to add walking times to its official signage. However, he did note the TTC’s ride guides already include walking times between stations in the downtown core.