week we engaged in a rat race of sorts, a
journey in which three Spectator reporters joined the morning commute
into downtown Toronto.
The destination was City Hall, Toronto. But that mattered little
-- how we got there was the question, fighting traffic
and crowded public transit on one of the busiest commuter
corridors in the country.
Race we did, one boarding a GO bus, one hopping
a GO train, one getting behind the wheel of The
Spectator's white 1999 Ford Escort.
The mission began at 7 a.m., outside the GO station
on a silent Hunter Street in downtown Hamilton. First thing
Monday morning we set our watches and took off, aiming
to meet at a sculpture by the front doors of
Toronto's City Hall.
More than 2.78 million vehicles push their way through Hamilton
and Toronto-area highways every day.
In 1998, an average 16,118 vehicles passed through the Bronte
Road interchange on the QEW between 6 a.m. and 9
a.m. -- that's 90 cars a minute. Halton planning officials
say volume has increased significantly since then.
An average of 2,290 people board a GO bus each
weekday for the trip from Hamilton to Toronto and back,
while 1,770 people a day make the same trek on
the GO train.
The race opened our eyes to the culture of each
commute. We felt your pain and frustration, found merits and
flaws in each mode of travel.
GO TRAIN-- 1 HOUR, 14 MIN versus CAR-- 1 HOUR, 51 MINUTES Source.