Less Than an Hour Commute to Toronto!
The job market is tight these days. Leaving your job to move to a new city is a risky move, because you never know if you'll be able to find another job when you get there. As a result, many people who are searching for a new home naturally look for one in a community within commuting distance of their current place of employment, which for most people in the Greater Toronto Area is downtown Toronto.
The further you get from downtown the cheaper the real estate values become, so a home search often become a balancing act where you trade time for money and vice versa. Whitby, Ontario offers a balance - great value at a reasonable commute. The average house sells for less than $300,000 and the commute is less than an hour.
How long, exactly, can you expect to spend getting to work in the morning? Well, on a good day the trip takes just under half an hour. However, as we all know, traffic can become quite congested during the before and after work rush hours of 6:00am to 9:00am and 4:00pm to 6:00pm. During these times, the commute takes 45 minutes to an hour.
The most direct (and most popular) route involves taking the 401, Canada's largest highway. Getting to downtown Toronto via the 401 from Whitby involves only a single merge while enroute. You can turn either at exit 375 onto the Don Valley Parkway or at exit 369 onto Yonge Street. The Yonge Street route takes about five extra minutes.
With public transit, the trip between the Whitby GO station and Union station in downtown Toronto takes exactly 54 minutes regardless of time of day. Trains can get you into Toronto as early as 5:30am and get you home to Whitby as late as 2:00am. Trains and busses on this route are part of the Lakeshore East or B Line and connect with a variety of Durham Region busses as well as Toronto street cars, buses, and subway routes. The cost of a single ride is $7.30. Costs are less with a multi-ride ticket.
Though work is the most popular reason for daily commutes to Toronto from Whitby, the convenient distance also means that Whitby residents are able to attend functions or visit attractions in Toronto without a major road trip and that the specialty medical facilities of the big city are there if referrals are necessary. It also offers students at major schools like Ryerson University and the University of Toronto the chance to live at home with a parent in Whitby while studying, which saves thousands of dollars in rent.
All information verified as of Jan. 2010.