Token holders, models, books, even a free ride
"Another gift will arrive New Year’s Eve — this one for revellers across the GTA. Finally, almost every transit agency in the region is offering a few hours of free service — including the TTC and GO."
Regular readers know I’m always on the lookout for gifts that transit riders might enjoy.
In the few years since Spacing magazine began selling buttons in the colour of TTC stations, the small niche of transit-related products has grown to include some interesting items.
Some items are just functional, like the blue plastic holders that have been re-sized for modern TTC tokens.
You can (at last) buy them at many Gateway newsstands in the subway. The shop on the northbound platform at Dundas station should have plenty in stock and you can also check for the “Portsou,” a larger (and sturdier) plastic holder for both coins and tokens.
This handy item keeps loose change organized and tokens safe, and may be best suited for those who carry a bag or knapsack.
Buy online via portsou.com, or print and mail the “GTA Special” order form — four holders cost $24.99, including tax and shipping in the GTA.
The next gift may offer an unexpected appeal to many.
A new book called Transit Maps Of The World is an obvious treat for fans of urban rail, cities and graphic design — but this collection of colourful maps from across the globe is compelling in its own right. Warning: If you know a young person who is not already a bit of a transit geek, this book may convert them. Ask at chain stores such as Book City, or save money and time by checking the Internet. Try indigo.ca today for delivery by Dec. 24.
Also for kids — as well as fans of miniatures — George’s Trains offers model rail vehicles in GO Transit and TTC colours, including a toy subway car that fits on wooden train sets. (Yes, that means Thomas.) Visit georgestrains.com to purchase online or call ahead — the original store is near the Davisville TTC station and a new location has opened in Markham.
For official TTC merchandise, there’s now a link on the ttc.ca homepage. To see the recent T-shirt designs, it’s better to visit the store in the Union subway station.
Another gift will arrive New Year’s Eve — this one for revellers across the GTA.
Finally, almost every transit agency in the region is offering a few hours of free service — including the TTC and GO. You may also find trains or buses running later, but crowding is still a possibility. Check online or by phone first.
Looking for the subway buttons that started it all? Visit spacing.ca to buy by credit card or find store locations.