Commuter Challenges
Saturday, 21 January 2012 00:33

Traffic Jam

Since the beginning of January, I have been commuting from the Village of Erin to downtown Toronto (Yonge & St. Clair).  It has been an adventure to say the least.

Armed with an iPhone, I depart daily and collect foursquare check-ins, capture some images and mostly...just drive.

Waze sent me on the crazy but best route

I swear by the mobile app Waze.  Available on all smartphone platforms, commuters use it as a GPS that knows not only the traffic patterns but also what each route is doing at that given second.  As people drive, it records the road speed, and the commuters also mark alerts for police, accidents, construction, etc.  It takes the guess work out of route a/b/c... it knows the fastest waze.  The craziest route it sent me on completed "3-sides to a box" of the entire downtown core.  Because of major traffic congestion on the direct route, it sent me through what normally would be the worst route ever on any given day at any given time... and to my surprise... it was all smooth sailing.

TTC Street Car PIT Maneuver

One day, some guy took over a street car and when the Toronto Police did a PIT maneuver on it, he bailed into an underground parking garage.  While parked for 20 minutes until they opened the street again I wondered how was he going to get away, like in his original plan... it was a Street Car... on a Track... that's not the best strategy.

Waze reports a Christmas tree on the road and users report pandemonium

The big snowstorm of last week... 1/4 of an inch of snow... Waze went crazy... as did I... and all the Waze drivers.  It took me 2 hours 20 minutes to haul as opposed to the ideal 1 hour 5.  Every street was a standstill, and there was even a Christmas Tree on the Road as reported by a Waze user.

After 3 weeks, I'm still trying to find the ideal departure time that is optimized to avoid the insanity, but I do make use of my time parked on the Allan "Expressway".

Dim lights

And of course, my standard rough luck follows me... tonight, my key blew up and the car wouldn't start until after I pieced together the jigsaw puzzle that was the key.

Dim lights

Can't wait until next week.  And until Marshall can drive.

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