‘Every Station Club’ MembersLet us salute every valiant Rocket Rider who has completed this epic journey of exploration. True Torontonians, each of you!
- David Topping: My Long Commute: 69 Stations
- Craig White: Toronto’s TTC Stations photo essay
- RicksTV: Subway Transfers (in 1986!)
- 69 Stations
- TTC Mission (Randy Flores & co.): Part 1, Part 2
- ELLIphant5: Toronto: One Stop at a Time
- Bryan Piitz: Rocket: The Twelve-Hour Commute (64 stations)
- Subway Nut (Jeremiah Cox): TTC stations
- 69 Station Club montage
- Kevin Zheng: All TTC Subway Transfers In One Day
- Chris Bateman: TTC Pilgrimage
- Clover: TTC stations (it’s not clear whether the subway was actually used to travel between the stations, but I’m going to assume it was)
- Suigi: TTC - What’s YOUR Station?
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
- What Does A Decade of TTC Metropass Designs Look Like? | Coverage
- Parody Re-Mix of the TTC Union’s $1 Million Ad
- Minimalist TTC Subway Map
|Tunnel view looking east to Main Station, February 1968.|
A Cornucopia of TTC Links & LoreLet 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
- Spacing: MOD TORONTO: Art and architecture on the Spadina subway
- Maarten Heilbron: Art on the TTC Subway (video)
- Eli McIlveen: (Transit Toronto) Art on the TTC
Tiling and Typography
- José Ongpin’s TTC station tiling guide (via Joe Clark) (more info: here and here.)
- Joe Clark: Inscribed in the living tile: Type in the Toronto Subway
- John Chew and Justin Bur: Toronto subway station tiles
- Spacing: Ride the rainbow of Bloor-Danforth (useful graphic to understand the line’s original colour scheme) & How the TTC lost and found its subway style (in which, in the comments, an intriguing observation is made regarding the probable designer of the TTC subway font, William Godfrey)
- via Transit Toronto — Dave LeBlanc: Subway 'chic' inspires graphic designers & Mark Brader: An Essay on Original Subway Station Design
- BlogTO: What the original TTC subway station tiles looked like & A Typographical History of the Toronto Subway System; The lost beauty of the TTC's original colour scheme
- RGD: Case Study on TTC signage and wayfinding
- The Ryersonian: Q&A with Ian Dickson (Manager, Design and Wayfinding, TTC)
- Ben Mark Holzberg: Archival photos (find the stunning College tile photo. It’s a shock as your brain tries to reconcile the current tiling with the past)
- CBC Archives April 4, 1954 : Toronto’s Subway Opens. (CBC archival link; better quality but finicky player). See also: February 28, 1966: Bloor-Danforth line on Toronto subway opens to public (alt link).
- BlogTO: Stations which play classical music; Evolution of the TTC Subway Map; Ever wondered what it costs to advertise on the TTC?; What’s the Deal with those Strange Subway Symbols? (see also); Behind the Scenes at the TTC Training Facility; That time when the TTC was an Entertainment Network
- Infiltration: the classic Ninjalicious (RIP) description of subway tunnel exploration
- TTC videos: Behind the Scenes at Bay and Queen Stations; TTC’s Signal System Explained; Subway Tunnelling: One, Two, Three; Using the Emergency Power Cut (that grey box with the blue light at the platform ends)
- GlobalTV: Riding along with TTC CEO Andy Byford; A Look at the TTC’s Lost Subway Stations; Toronto’s Museum subway makes top 10 list of world’s most beautiful metro stations
- Transmania Ontario Line ride videos: Downsview to Finch; Kipling to Kennedy. Also TTCSubwayFan: Sheppard line Eastbound. And if you don’t have time for real-time videos, T2P Films did time-lapse versions: Line 1 (4 min. - though it’s ‘only’ from Wilson yard on); Line 2 (4 min.)
- James Bow: What’s Wrong With the TTC?
- Subway: an excellent short video circa 1987-90 on the workings of a subway train (H1s and H5s! And some amazing footage of the old transit control centre)
- National Post: Inside the TTC's War Room (photos of the current control centre)
- Spacing Store: Station buttons
- T2P0 Films: Moving Toronto: Underground with the Toronto Transit Commission (documentary, short version)(uncut); Subway Signal tutorial; OpenBVE TTC route simulator
- Transit2000: Toronto’s Mass Transit System Ep. 6 (1992) An intriguing glimpse of the system in the early 90s. The RT is ‘state of the art’.
- A Never Ending Story: Building and Rebuilding the Yonge Subway (internal 2004 TTC film for 50th anniversary)
- Pigeons ride the subway: at Royal York, and at Runnymede
- KurtToons: Subway Thoughts (animated series by Kurtis Scott)
- James Bow: Terrorism in Toronto’s subway, an account of incidents in 1985 and 1968
- The Things We Lose - art project by ArtInTransit and Labspace Studio on lost items on the subway
- CBC news video of the August 11, 1995 tragedy that claimed 3 lives: TTC Subway Crash. See also this, this, and Toronto Star: 20 Years after Russell Hill.
- Stephen Wickens: Architectural wankfests and standalone TTC stations. His other writing on TTC matters, particularly land-use planning, is trenchant.
- Undercover Boss (Canada) - Toronto Transit Commission. Set aside your political feelings about former Commission Chair Karen Stintz and enjoy this behind the scenes program; the insight into TTC worker’s lives is what’s valuable here.
- Dave’s Rail Pix (photo collection): PCC's, CLRV's, Peter Witts, and Subways
- Joshua KG: Subway Emergency Exits photo gallery
- Toronto Life: Priority One: suicides on the subway tracks. See also: Chance Encounters (documentary on TTC suicides & the Petts)
- Retrontario: TTC The Better Way, a collection of vintage TTC television advertisements
- Canadian Army Newsreel 81: Toronto Subway System Designed (newsreel film from the 1940s)
- Metro: Toronto on Track, an economic, cultural and linguistic tour of Toronto transit stations
- Spacing: The Modernist Bloor-Danforth line at 50. See also: This is what the Toronto subway tastes like (synaesthesia map)
- CityNews: A peek at the unrealized plans to revitalize Osgoode and St. Patrick stations; see also this video from Diamond Schmitt
- Torontoist: Historicist: Opposing the Subway. A look by Jamie Bradburn at subway politics of the 1950s. Also: Torontoist Explains: Subway Shutdowns
- Late Night Talk Show on a Subway with Matt O’Brien
- Toronto Life: Q&A: Andy Byford, the TTC’s chief executive and biggest defender
- Jonathan Goldsbie (NOW Magazine): Train Wreck & Other times we’ve built the wrong transit. Two spot-on pieces about our screwed-up Toronto transit decision-making process: worth reading
- Blackberry Subway Jam: animated NFB short by Robert Doucet based on Robert Munsch’s children’s story
- The Toronto Star: TTC Staff 'perform miracles' keeping aging streetcar fleet on track; TTC buskers share tales from the underground; Longest-playing TTC busker celebrates 37 years of performing for commuters; see also the CBC’s: TTC buskers get new underground ‘stage’.
- If you’re into TTC buses and other vehicles, peruse these admirably obsessive galleries from Ryan Flores. He also keeps a photoblog that periodically analyzes TTC wayfinding.
- Toronto Life: How the TTC keeps tiny delays from turning into giant transit disasters
- Breakfast Television: PCC streetcar peek
- It’s not subway-themed, but the Shuffle Demons’ Spadina Bus is practically obligatory. See also: Subway Blues by Broke Fuse.
- BlogTO: A Brief History of the Scarborough RT
- Steve Munro: The Scarborough LRT That Wasn’t
- James Bow: The Scarborough Rapid Transit Line
- Stephen Wickens: More Scarborough Transit Indignity
- Torontoist: Scarborough Gets an RT
- Royson James: Our neglect of Scarborough RT is shameful (this latter piece is kind of a dissenting positive view of the line)
- Bonus Torontoist: A Brief History of the Scarborough Subway (not about the RT but the possible next phase of rapid transit in Scarborough)
Other ResourcesThe 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.
- 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.