When finding an apartment rental in Toronto, the length of the commute is a large deal breaker. In 2014, citizens of Toronto were used to an average commute time of 65.6 minutes – the longest commute in the province.

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Luckily for most of the citizens of Midtown Toronto, the transit scores are higher than most areas of the city. Currently, Yonge and Eglinton boasts a high transit score of 93 due to the neighbourhood’s convenient public transit, cycling paths, and ample roadways. With even more transit upgrades coming with the Crosstown LRT, commuters living in midtown are going to find their trip to work to be much easier.

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Public Transit

The hub of transit in midtown is Yonge and Eglinton Station. In 2014, 77,530 daily weekday passengers used the station. The station has 15 bus connections and is connected to the TTC subway line. The subway takes riders south to Toronto’s Union station and north to Finch station in less that 20 minutes.

In 2021, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT will connect riders from Kennedy Station in Scarborough west to Mount Dennis (Weston Road and Eglinton Avenue West.). Running right through the heart of Midtown, both Eglinton and Eglinton West subway stations will become even larger transit hubs. The Crosstown LRT promises to move at speeds of 28km/hr, 4 kilometres slower than the average speed of the cars along the Bloor-Danforth Subway.

Driving

Don’t have a vehicle? There are still many ways of getting around Toronto without owning a car. This includes the city’s ZipCar car share program that allows those with a driver’s license and a membership access to a vehicle for as little as $8.33 an hour.

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Major routes such as the Allen Expressway, Don Valley Parkway, and Highway 401 are highly accessible from midtown no more that 10 minutes away from any location in midtown Toronto.

When heading into the city, many drivers would take the DVP south, Avenue Road, or the scenic Bayview avenue. On a good day, you can get into the downtown core in about 20 minutes.  

Cycling

If you are new to cycling in the city, you will be pleased to find that the city is actively looking to find ways to make cycling more friendly to citizens. Over 70% of Torontonians said they would cycle to work if there was a better bike lane infrastructure. In the past couple of years, protected bike lanes have been popping up all over the city including areas of the midtown. Riders can plan their safe bike trip for anywhere in Toronto on Ridethecity.com or by using the city of Toronto Cycling Map.

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A bike ride from Midtown Toronto to the Downtown core will take anywhere from 25 to 40 minutes, depending naturally on each cyclists rate of speed. The commute to the downtown core is mostly downhill, which is great in the mornings. The travel back home is more uphill, which allows you to work up a sweat and work off all the stress of work on the ride home.

For recreational purposes, there are many great spots in midtown to explore by bicycle. Blog TO rated Mount Pleasant Cemetery and the Kay Garner Beltline Trail as some of the best cycling paths in Toronto.

Living in Midtown Toronto

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In addition to having a great commute, the best apartment rental in Midtown Toronto should also come with all the amenities you need. The Torontonian, Balliol Park, and the soon to launch Lillian Park by Shiplake Properties offer terrific transit scores. Additionally, the in-apartment amenities of each apartment make living easy and the prime locations take advantage of some of the most vibrant midtown Toronto communities.