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What are best and worst seats on the TTC?

Sometimes riding the TTC can feel a spirit-crushing chore, especially when it's rush hour and standing room only on the bus, streetcar or subway. Time it right though and the vehicle's your oyster. Seats galore. The question is where do you sit given the choice; where gives the best view?

A recent Reddit post shows one person's candidate for the worst spot on the TTC, the wheel-arch seats of a city bus. Considerably higher than all the other seats, the wheel-arch position makes anyone feel exposed and sort of dorky. As another Redditor says, it's sort of like a highchair for adults.

My personal favourite is the front seat of an eastbound Bloor-Danforth train. Not only do you get a driver's-eye perspective of the tunnels and stations, but between Castle Frank and Broadview the view opens up into an expansive panorama of the Don Valley and bridge structure. You can also see the random piles of garbage tucked in the pylons and entrance to Broadview station on the way past. Bonus.

Sadly, the front-facing seats are no longer available on the latest Toronto Rocket subway trains. It won't be long before me and countless children lose our spot forever.

So, continuing the debate from Reddit, we're asking if you have a best or worst seat? Maybe it's the back of the bus or one of the single seats at the side of the streetcar. Here are some of the responses on Twitter.

Photo: "Empty Seat" by The Bexxx in the blogTO Flickr pool.


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