The commute to work can be very stressful, time consuming and time sensitive in most cases. In general, the majority of my clients find their way into Toronto via the GO Train. Oakville is fortunate to have 2 stops and excellent service to Union Station in Toronto. Did I say excellent…???
Oakville offers ‘better’ service compared to Milton, Georgetown and other lines with Express Trains and more availability. However, here’s the big question:
Are you better to live in the city, likely in a smaller house/condo and use the TTC, walk or ride your bike to work?
The TTC has many more options and frequency of travel. When the GO Train is late/delayed/cancelled you have very few options. There’s strong arguments on both sides of this issue. The other factor, often overlooked, is the time that it takes you to commute to the actual train station and find parking. This used to be a major issue in Oakville where a shortage of parking spots could make you miss your train. The parking issue has been solved, however, it seems the congestion surrounding the Go Train terminals is unforgiving. As I outlined in a previous Blog Post describing essentially a ROAD BLOCK at the Trafalgar & QEW Interchange.
I recently sold a condo to a client that wanted to eliminate the commute to the Go Train station. She purchased in a development that allows you to walk out of your building and essentially right into the walkways that lead to the train tracks. This might be drastic for some people but this raises the issue further.
What is your time worth?
This is an interesting dynamic and I can see arguments for both sides. Personally, I only have some experience with the Go Train service and very little with the TTC in Toronto. Where do you stand?