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Toronto

Ontario, Canada


Date of opening30 Apr 1954
Network length71.3 km (44.31 mi)
Stations74 (69*)
Lines4        Line history cityrailtransit.com
Stations per line18.50
Avg. station distance1,019 m (0.63 mi)
Avg. line length17.83 km (11.08 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 14 Sep 2008
System typeMetro, known as Subway
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)762,000 (as of 2006)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)10,700 (6,640)
Fare (10 km/10 stops; by UBS)1.67 EUR (as of 2009); gates
TrackRight, gauge: 1480 mm
Power supplyThird rail, 600 V
Air-conditioned trainsYes
Walk-through trains
Rubber-tyred trains
Driverless lines
Platform screen doors
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Official map
Source: html, © 2010 www3.ttc.ca

Disclaimer: Maps are copyrighted. The previews on this page are for informational purposes only. Please respect copyright and always refer to original maps.

Transit mapsSystem map images
openbusmap.org/öpnvkarte.de
openptmap.org
tracker.geops.ch - moving trains
maps.google.com
images.google.com




Upcoming Openings

 2020 – Crosstown LRT with a 10 km, 12 stations underground portion. New line, 19 km, 25 stations.




Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:


Rating: 1 star (bronze)  Toronto

Most stations are looking more or less alike, except for the colour schemes of the wall tiles. But TTC's Art in Architecture Program has integrated a considerable collection of public art into the stations [transit.toronto.on.ca].

Photo [Craig James White, flickr.com]: Dupont station from 1978 on the Yonge-University-Spadina Line.
Especially the new Sheppard Line has some interesting stations [city.toronto.on.ca]. Furthermore, the Arts on Track Project aims to revitalize a couple of older stations through donations [tcf.ca].

Photo [Craig James White, flickr.com]: One of the many optical illusions by Toronto artist Panya Clark Espinal at Bayview station from 2002 on the Sheppard Line [haha.nu].




Guided Tours

Tours of the metro system, guided by experts. For dates and reservation contact the tour operator or check their website.

Joe Clark, journalist, typesetter and presenter of talks about historic TTC station typography, has hosted guided tours on station tiling and typography in Toronto's subway stations in 2007. He might possibly host more such tours. Tour operator: Joe Clark.




Self-Guided Tour

Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:

The stations along the Spadina part of the Yonge-University-Spadina line are quite interesting, e.g. Dupont Station and the recently upgraded Museum Station with museum-themed pillars and interesting wall treatments. Ride the Sheppard Line for its interesting stations. Union Station has a small store that sells TTC mechandise.




Relationships with Other Metros

US Bombardier ART family
Members: Beijing (Airport Line), Detroit (people mover), Kuala Lumpur (Kelana Jaya Line), Miami (Metromover), New York (AirTrain JFK), Toronto (Scarborough RT), Vancouver (Expo Line, Millennium Line), Yongin (EverLine),
Characteristics: Similar 'automated rapid transit' trains. Vancouver and Kuala Lumpur use LIM technology.




Maglev or LIM Technology

LIM: Linear Induction Motor technology utilizes the repelling and attracting forces of electromagnets to move steel-on-wheel trains forward:
  • Scarborough RT




Reaching the Beaches

Lake Ontario: A beach is being "constructed" between the Spadina and Rees stations of the Harbourfront light rail line. Queen trolley line runs within a block of "The Beaches" along the shore east of downtown as well as a block north of the western beaches (Sunnyside, Humber Bay, Mimico, Long Branch etc.) along The Queensway and (of course) Lake Shore Blvd.




Lines with a View

The Bloor-Danforth subway line goes underneath the handsome arch bridge spanning the Don Valley. When riding it you shoot out of a dark tunnel and out into a huge aerial vista.

Photo by Peter Ehrlich, community.webshots.com




Metro Fonts

Typefaces designed exclusively for this metro:

Font NameDesignerYearSampleAvailabilityReference
Toronto Subway unknown designer1954quadrat.com, fontpool.composlfit.com, flickr.com, joeclark.org




Circle Lines

Proposed ring - Yellow/Purple lines - completion unclear.




Departure Procedure and Sounds

The drivers call the station (usually "[Name] station is next. [Name] station.") There is a three-note chime (G, E, C downward) announcing the closing doors (wav from ttc.ca). A new call system with an automated female voice says "Next stop is [name] station. [Name] station." Then as the train decelerates entering the station, "Now arriving at [name] station. [Name] station." The first single note of the chimes is also played when the doors open (G note).





Metro Movies

Films with scenes set on this metro:

1983: Videodrome
1986: The Fly
1994: Exotica
1997: Cube
2000: X-Men
2002: Blade II
2004: Resident Evil: Apocalypse
2008: The Incredible Hulk




Handpicked Resources

transit.toronto.on.ca An enthusiast-run site with lots of resources
transit.toronto.on.ca An Essay on Original Subway Station Design
poslfit.comToronto Subway Station Tiles. Colours and Fonts.
ttcrider.ca Fan page.
ttc.ca Official website
thecrosstown.ca Crosstown Eglinton-Scarborough LRT project




Generic Links for Toronto Subway

Wikipedia entry at wikipedia.org
Urbanrail.net entry at urbanrail.net
Railway Gazette search at railwaygazette.com
Discussion at skyscrapercity.com
System photos at Google Images
City information at wikipedia.org









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