Hi Qorax,The Subway, Busses, Street Cars, Trains, Transits CONFUSION
Firstly, we would like to thank you for all the information which you generously have shared and continue to share with us all. GOD bless you.
I have a question regarding public transportation in Mississauga and Toronto. I hope you'd be able to help us understand. I learn that there is Go Transit and TTC. Both have their own ticket and fares. What I don't understand is what the difference between these two companies? And is there no one type of ticketing (weekly/ monthly passes) which we can purchase to use it at both Companies?
For example, for regular trip from Studio 6 Mississauga going to downtown Toronto. From Mississauga takes MiWay (another different transport Company) to Cooksville Go train station and take Milton train service to Union train station (director is from Google map). Is that mean I have to purchase GTA weekly pass (for MiWay) & Go transit monthly pass?
Thank you and look forward for your reply
It's a common confusion that most ppl have regarding these transportation services... let me try & make it clear to u:The "Transits":
The 'transits' r "city" arranged ['city' means 'Municipality' here] 'mass & rapid transportation system'. These actually comprises of the 'bus services', which each city in the GTA has separately organized. For eg. Mississauga has 'MiWay', Brampton has two - the 'Brampton Transit' & the 'Zum', while Toronto has the 'TTC' [Toronto Transit Corporation]. Each r independent of the other - thus, has its own 'fare system'... 'coz, basically they cater to their cities only.
Unlike Mississauga & Brampton, the TTC also comprises of 'busses', 'subway' [metro rail] & 'street car' [trams]. Thus, the TTC has 'one' ticketing system. A tkt of TTC is valid for all the 3 mode of transportation.
Now, each of the 'transits' reach at least one location of either of the cities. That is, MiWay would reach a location of Toronto - from where a Mississauga resident can 'board' the TTC. Similarly TTC reaches a location of Brampton or Mississauga - and ditto for the Brampton Transit.
Thus, there is 'inter-communicability'. And there r locations, where all the 3 transits merge... has one terminus... eg. Malton
-Mississauga. Here, TTC, Brampton Transit & MiWay - all the 3 ends & commences. This place is a unique residential point... having a terminus of all the 3 transits. No wonder many newcomers end-up residing here - at least in the initial settling yrs.Go Train:
The Go-Train is a 'long-distance' full train service. It is not a MRTS [Mass Rapid Transportation System]. It's a 'train service' like anywhere else in the world. And run by its own corporation. But, is run only in Ontario.
The Go-Train has many stations inside the Toronto City metro - as well as in Brampton & Mississauga. Many could thus, use it too for inter-city travel - in the GTA - for office/shopping/sight-seeing. But, it's frequency is limited - not like the 'transits'. Nonetheless, it's frequency in the office hrs. is shade higher - for obvious reasons. It also runs its own 'busses' - which run along the Go-Stns to nearby localities. However, it is not like the 'transits'... that is to say, the Go-Busses will not be available in every nook & corner of the city... unlike the 'transits' - which will be everywhere.Via Rail:
There is another 'train service', which runs 'TransCanada', ie. the "Via Rail". This is something akin to Go-Train, but runs along all the provinces - near & far - remotest of the corners. Again managed by a separate corporation.Daily, Weekly & Monthly Passes:
Each of the transportation mode above have their 'passes' - some daily too... but surely for the week & month [TTC has it's 'Weekend Pass' - a boon to the residents of the GTA]. However, they being independent bodies, catering to their own city market - it's not linked to one another. Thus, if one must take 2 transits - s/he will have to buy 2 separate passes. Which is why, most ppl reside in either of the hubs... wherein, they car-pool, ride, walk, bus or drive to the 'longest travelled transit' - have it's pass & use that to work.
I hope I have made the matter a tad clearer!Qorax