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In photos: An inside look at a TTC rush-hour race

Students from Centennial College's Centre for Creative Communication conducted an experiment examining the efficiencies and inefficiencies of Toronto's transit system

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Mitzie Hunter, CEO of lobby group Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, arrives at Union Station as she takes part in The Big Race, a project by Centennial College's Centre for Creative Communication students, examining the efficiencies and inefficiencies of Toronto's transit system, on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

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Ms. Hunter climbs stair to the GO bus terminal at Union Station as she takes part in The Big Race. The students filmed Ms. Hunter as she took a number of buses and subways to reach checkpoints while pretending to run errands such as dropping a child at daycare and getting to a job interview.

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Ms. Hunter laughs while waiting for a subway on Thursday, March 28, 2013. The race is supported by the regional transit agency Metrolinx, which is trying to drum up support for revenue tools to fund the next wave of expansion, and by Ms. Hunter’s group, which is trying to draw attention to the problem of congestion.

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Ms. Hunter travels on a bus with a stroller. She was the third of three contestants to give it their best this week.

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Ms. Hunter waits for an elevator to reach a subway platform as she takes part in The Big Race. The racers will be ranked on how they did compared to the times the TTC suggested their routes should take. Who did best – and worst – can’t be revealed here. But all of them missed the mark.

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Ms. Hunter travels on a subway with a stroller as she takes part in The Big Race, a project examining the efficiencies and inefficiencies of Toronto's transit system, on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

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Ms. Hunter reaches a checkpoint as she takes part in The Big Race.

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Ms. Hunter travels on a subway.

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Ms. Hunter, right, speaks with Joanita Nazareth, bottom left, a fellow commuter, on a subway as she takes part in The Big Race. Ms. Nazareth, a CIBC employee, said her round-trip commute from Brampton to downtown Toronto takes 3.5 hours daily, the equivalent of an unpaid part-time job.

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Ms. Hunter waits for a subway as she takes part in The Big Race.

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Ms. Hunter boards a bus with a stroller at Jane Street and Finch Avenue West as she takes part in The Big Race.

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