Miscellaneous TTC links and resources

While researching this project, I discovered—and made use of—many fascinating TTC- and subway-themed online articles and resources. It’s my pleasure to share this extensive bibliography of assembled links (See also: Thanks and Acknowledgments for archival sources).

‘Every Station Club’ Members

Let us salute every valiant Rocket Rider who has completed this epic journey of exploration. True Torontonians, each of you!

If you’ve completed the trek and documented it online, send me a link and I’ll add it to this list of honour. Note: You only make the list if you exit the train at each station. Consequently Adham Fisher’s supposed ‘World Record’ 2:46:01 trip, while admirable in its own way, doesn’t make the cut, because under the bogus Guinness rules, you don’t actually have to exit the train to ‘visit’ a station. To me, that’s not legit.

More TTC ruminations of mine 

TTC subway tunnel looking east to Main station.
Tunnel view looking east to Main Station, February 1968.

A Cornucopia of TTC Links & Lore

Let me know if there’s a useful or interesting site or article about the TTC I ought to include! Note: I’m primarily focused on resources dealing with the subway, rather than the storied surface bus & streetcar network.

  • TTC Main Website: TTC.ca | Bylaws
  • The City of Toronto Archives hold a mind-boggling amount of TTC historical information. The official TTC Archives are housed here, as well as transit documents from the City. Go for a visit. Support them.
  • Transit Toronto - this is a sprawling Toronto public transportation information site run by transit enthusiasts. Lots of historical documentation, and photographs.
  • Steve Munro - Transit & Politics - Steve Munro is the city’s most astute independent transit advocate. The observations and discussion here lean heavily towards the technical, but the site is must-reading even if you don’t entirely agree with Munro’s occasionally-grumpy perspective on transit priorities.
  • TTC Subway Rider Efficiency Guide
  • TTC Ridership Open Data; in particular see Subway/Scarborough RT Station Usage
  • Twitter: @TTCnotices@TTChelps; see also @bradTTC@TTCsue & @TTCdesign
  • Wikipedia: Station Information. I have mixed feelings about the TTC related wiki pages. I link to individual station entries in this project. On the surface the articles are useful, but they often ramble—they aren’t of the consistent quality I’d expect of a good encyclopedia.  

Art on the TTC

Tiling and Typography


Scarborough RT

Other Resources

The following sources, although not necessarily TTC-related, were handy in ascertaining context for various parts of the city:
  • Toronto Street Names: An Illustrated Guide to their Origins, Leonard Wise & Allan Gould, 2011, Firefly Books
  • Creating Memory: A Guide to Outdoor Public Sculpture in Toronto, John Warkentin, 2010, Becker Associates
  • Full Frontal T.O.: Exploring Toronto's Architectural Vernacular, Patrick Cummins & Shawn Micallef, 2012, Coach House Books. I feel a partial aesthetic affinity with Cummins’ methodical ‘face-on’ street imagery.  

TTC History
  • For an easy-to-read, broad history of the TTC, I recommend The TTC Story: The First Seventy-five Years by Mike Filey. 
  • Edward Levy: Rapid Transit in Toronto, is a solid and depressing historical review of Toronto transit plans. An earlier version used to be online; I’ve put in a request that the TPL acquire a couple of copies for lending.
  • For an extensive technical overview of how the original Yonge line was built and operated, I suggest a scan of Canadian Transportation, December 1953, available at the Toronto Reference Library. 
  • Jay Young’s dissertation on the evolution of the Toronto subway up to 1978 is dryly erudite (as befits its academic context), and covers a wide scope of discussion material. Young provides an engaging look at the social context of various phases of the subway’s development. A highly recommended skim.
  • Finally, there’s Transit in Toronto: the story of the development of public transportation in Toronto, from horse cars to a modern, high speed subway system, and John Bromley’s Fifty years of progressive transit : a history of the Toronto Transit Commission. Both are available via the TRL or at the City Archives.