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She's So Very Subway Savvy
...staying smart, staying safe


Evelyn Hannon

I'm an absolutely avid subway fan. Being a travel writer, I've had the opportunity to experience the underground systems in cities 'round the world and I've loved it. For me, taxis are not an option. They're far too insular and they generally make too much of a dent in my pocketbook. Besides, it's much more fun in the subway where one can enjoy people watching at it's very best.

However, as with all other 'big city' experiences, women must take extra care as they ride the rails. Both at home and away, there are several simple ways to reduce risks, save money and maximize fun while using public transportation. Be a true Journeywoman. Be subway savvy!

Know-before-you go...

Do your homework well before you travel. Check the internet, contact the Tourist Boards and transit commissions, refer to the latest guidebooks and chat with women who have travelled before you. These sources offer reams of information designed to familiarize the user with rates, routes and specific information. Learn a little before you travel and you'll feel a lot more confident at your destination.

For example:

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  • In cyberspace check out two very informative links -- Subway Navigator and Subways of the World, for everything you ever wanted to know about any underground transportation system, anywhere.

  • Peruse the shelves of your favorite travel bookshop. In particular, the Rough Guide series, usually includes colored subway maps at the end of each of their books.

  • The Toronto Transit Commission publishes a Free Ride Guide as well as a pamphlet called 'How To Ride The TTC', available in 15 languages and designed to inform and educate new immigrants to their city. To request further info, click here.

  • In London, England, The London Regional Transport's Unit For Disabled Passengers offers a booklet called 'Access to the Underground' which gives info on lifts and ramps at individual Underground stations. This publication is available free from LRT ticket offices or from 55 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BD, England. Tel: 0171 918 3312. The Unit also provides Braille maps for the visually impaired.

    Special Traveller's Tip: Save money! Before purchasing your subway tokens, find out about any special deals being offered. In Paris, buying a carnet of ten tickets is much more economical than purchasing one single fare. San Francisco has their Fast Pass, London offers an economical Day Pass and if you're travelling with your family, you'll love Toronto's Sunday and Holiday Family Pass.




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