Toronto Subway Celebrates 60 Years

Map of TTC Subway in Toronto. Based off of this.

Map of TTC Subway in Toronto. Based off of this. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, March 30th 2014, marks the 60th anniversary of Toronto‘s subway system, with the opening of the Yonge Line between Union Station and Eglinton Avenue.

The City of Toronto decided upon a subway, through a referendum held on January 1st 1946.  The subway would run up Yonge Street.

Over the years, the subway was extended and now encompasses four lines, 68.3 kilometres of tracks, and 69 stations.  The subways four lines are as follows:

  1. Yonge-University-Spadina
  2. Bloor-Danforth
  3. Scarborough Rapid Transit (SRT)
  4. Sheppard Line
Construction on Yonge Street in 1949

Construction on Yonge Street in 1949 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Of the four lines, only the SRT is not a subway, but instead uses Intermediate Capacity Transit System Mark I cars (similar to those used in Vancouver.)

The original line was built between 1949 and 1954.  The line was extended on two of occasions, in 1973 to York Mills, and in 1974 to Finch Avenue.  In 1987 the line saw the introduction of North York Centre station.

The subway was extended to other areas as follows:

  1. University Avenue, from Union to St. George station in 1963.
  2. Bloor-Danforth line, from Keele Street to Woodbine Ave. in 1966.
  3. Bloor-Danforth west to Islington Ave. & east to  Warden Ave.in 1968.
  4. Spadina Ave. from St. George station north to Wilson Ave.
  5. Bloor-Danforth west to Kipling Ave. & east to Kennedy Ave.
  6. SRT from Kennedy Ave. to McGowan Ave.
  7. Spadina north to Downsview.
  8. The Sheppard Line from Yonge Street to Don Mills.

The TTC is currently extending the Yonge-University-Line north from Downsview up through York University and into York Region.  There is also a commitment to turn the SRT into an extension of the Bloor-Danforth Line.

Long live Canada’s fist subway system.

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GO Transit Announces Service Improvements

English: Logo for GO Transit

English: Logo for GO Transit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Go Transit has announced that it will be offering new services starting April 5th 2014.  Also included are other adjustments to train and bus services.

New trips include: Continue reading

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GO Transit Commences Work on New Hamilton Station

English: Hamilton GO Transit Station, Hunter S...

English: Hamilton GO Transit Station, Hunter Street East, Hamilton (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

GO Transit has announced that it has begun work on its new station in Hamilton on James Street North.  This station will serve as a second station in Hamilton, along with Hunter Street station.  This new station will be located along the CNR mainline in Hamilton, whereas Hunter Street is the former TH&B station located on the CPR mainline.

The current station is located near GO Transit’s former station on the CNR line, which GO Transit left in the mid 1990s.   Continue reading

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TTC Implements New Route Numbers for Subway

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has started its trial run of using numbers and colours for its subway lines, effective Monday Match 3rd, 2014.

The new numbers and colours are meant to make the subway lines easier to understand.  The new numbers and colours are: Continue reading

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GO Transit Cancels Trips

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English: Logo for GO Transit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Due to the heavy snowfall today, GO Transit has cancelled several trains today, and modified others.

Environment Canada is warning that as much as 25 cm of snow may fall by this evening and may cause problems with the ability to operate switches along the railways lines on which GO Transit operates. Continue reading

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GO Transit Fares Increasing February 1st 2014

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English: Logo for GO Transit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just as a reminder to everyone, GO Transit‘s fares are increasing by 35¢ to 65¢ effective February 1st, 2o14.

The increases will depend on distance, so those taking longer distance trips will pay 65¢ more per trip. Continue reading

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TTC Redesigns System Map

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has announced that it is redesigning its map for the system.  The new map is designed to make it easier to read and understand the map.

The TTC is offering the public a chance to see look at the map and provide feedback.  The new map will be larger, a simplified background, and will provide colour coding of lines.   Continue reading

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