System Quick Facts

Daily Trips (Average Business Day)

  • Revenue Passengers (Fares Collected) ... 1,688,000
  • Revenue Passengers and Transfer Fares ... 2,706,000
  • Of the 154 conventional bus and streetcar routes, 150 make 247 connections with the Subway/Scarborough RT system during the A.M. rush period.
  • Friday, November 27, 2015: highest 1-day ridership … 1,863,330

Rail Transit Quick Facts (Subway, Scarborough Rapid Transit, Streetcar)

Daily Trips (Average Business Day)

  • Revenue Passengers (Fares Collected) … 933,000
  • Revenue Passengers and Transfer Fares … 1,339,000

Busiest Stations (Estimated passenger trips to and from trains daily)

  • Bloor (Yonge-University) … 216,200
  • Yonge (Bloor-Danforth) … 193,000
  • St George (Bloor-Danforth) … 140,500
  • St George (Yonge-University) … 134,900
  • Union … 125,200
  • Finch … 90,900  
  • Eglinton … 77,500
  • Sheppard-Yonge (Yonge-University) … 76,800 
  • Dundas … 75,800
  • Kennedy (Bloor-Danforth) … 71,400
  • Number of Stations* … 69
  • Number of Escalators … 293**
  • Number of Elevators … 82
    (In service at: Bathurst, Bayview, Bessarion, Bloor-Yonge, Broadview, Davisville, Don Mills, Downsview, Dufferin, Dundas West, Eglinton, Eglinton West, Finch, Jane, Kennedy, Kipling, Lawrence West, Leslie, Main Street, North York Centre, Pape, Queen, Scarborough Centre, Sheppard-Yonge, Spadina, St Clair, *St Clair West, St George, Osgoode, St Andrew, Queen’s Park, Queens Quay, Union, Victoria Park, York Mills.) *Serves mezzanine level only.
  • Number of Commuter Parking Lots … 26*** (12,074 spaces)

* Subway interchanges counted once.
** 2 escalators opened at Union Station.
*** Parking lots decreased by 1 in 2015 (at Yorkdale Station). Yorkdale lot scheduled to reopen in 2016.

Conventional System


2015 2014 Increase/(Decrease)
Passenger Trips1 2015 537,595,000 2014 534,815,000 Increase of 2,780

Number of Routes/Lines

2015 2014 Increase/(Decrease)
Bus Routes 2015 143 2014 143 Increase of 0
Streetcar Routes 2015 11 2014 11 Increase of 0
Subway Lines 2015 3 2014 3 Increase of 0
ICTS* (Scarborough RT Line) 2015 1 2014 1 Increase of 0
Total 2015 1582 2014 1582 Increase of 0

Kilometres of Routes/Lines3

2015 2014 Increase/(Decrease)
Bus Routes 2015 7,120.0 2014 7,008.1 Increasee of 111.9
Streetcar Routes 2015 323.8 2014 304.6 Increase of 19.2

Subway/SRT Lengths4

2015 2014 Increase/(Decrease)
Yonge-University 2015 30.2 2014 30.2 Increase of 0
Bloor-Danforth 2015 26.2 2014 26.2 Increase of 0
Sheppard 2015 5.5 2014 5.5 Increase of 0
Scarborough RT 2015 6.4 2014 6.4 Increase of 0

Passengers by Vehicle Mode

Buses 240,582,571
Subway Trains 229,617,058
Streetcars 64,020,105
Scarborough RT Trains 3,375,067
Total 537,594,801

1 Excludes Wheel-Trans. Includes Pan Am/Parapan Am Games free rides allowance.
2  Excludes Community Bus (6 routes), Blue Night Network (31 routes) and seasonal service (1 route).
3 Includes round trip length of routes and their branches along shared roadways.
4 Subway/Scarborough RT lengths are given in one-way kilometres.
* Intermediate Capacity Transit System.

Passenger Vehicle Fleet1

2015 2014 Increase/(Decrease)

Buses (kneeling; lift/ramp; wheelchair positions)

Accessible 12-metre (40-foot) 2015 1,708 2014 1,735 Decrease of (27)
Accessible 18.3-metre (60-foot) 2015 153 2014 134 Increase of 19
Total 2015 1,861 2014 1,869 Decrease of (8)


Canadian Light Rail Vehicle (CLRV) 2015 188 2014 195 Decrease of (7)
Articulated Light Rail Vehicle (ALRV) 2015 47 2014 52 Decrease of (5)

New Low-Floor Articulated

2015 14 2014 3 Increase of 11
Total 2015 249 2014 250 Decrease of (1)

Subway/RT Cars2

Subway Cars 2015 796 2014 724 Increase of 72
Scarborough RT Cars 2015 28 2014 28 Increase of 0
Total 2015 824 2014 752 Increase of 72

Kilometres Operated3 (In thousands)

Bus 2015 131,579 2014 131,287 Increase of 292
Subway 2015 82,177 2014 80,846 Increase of 1,331
Streetcar 2015 13,936 2014 12,801 Increase of 1,135
Scarborough RT (ICTS*) 2015 3,447 2014 3,498 Decrease of (51)
Total 2015 231,139 2014 228,432 Increase of 2,707
1 Includes in-service vehicles only.
2 All Subway/RT trains are accessible. 370 T-1 subway cars are equipped with 1 multi-purpose area; 426 Toronto Rocket subway cars are equipped with 2 multi-purpose areas.
3 Includes inside Toronto regular revenue services only.
* Intermediate Capacity Transit System.

Carrying Capacity (planned number of customers per vehicle)

30 seated; 55 maximum (220 for a 4-car train)

36 seated; 51 maximum

TTC CLRV streetcar
46 seated; 74 maximum

ALRV profile
61 seated; 108 maximum

TTC T1 subway car
66 seated; 167 maximum (1,000 for a 6-car train)

TTC Toronto Rocket car
64-68 seated; 180 maximum (1,080 for a 6-car train)


As a division of the TTC, Wheel-Trans is responsible for door-to-door accessible transit service for people with physical functional mobility limitations who have the most difficulty using conventional transit services. Service is provided 24 hours beyond city limits to the airport, and to established boundary transfer points in order to co-ordinate trips with other accessible door-to-door transit services within the Greater Toronto Area.

2015 2014 Increase/(Decrease)
Passenger Trips1 2015 3,487,526 2014 3,077,181 Increase of 410,345
Average Daily Trips1 2015 9,555 2014 8,431 Increase of 1,124
Kilometres Operated1 2015 23,950,607 2014 21,325,840 Increase of 72,754
Scheduled Vehicle Service Hours1 2015 1,009,518 2014 936,764 Increase of 72,754
Revenue Vehicles1 2015 558 2014 498 Increase of 60
Number of Active Registrants* 2015 45,127 2014 34,867 Increase of 10,260

Community Bus

Accessible, fixed-route bus service primarily focused on individuals who have some difficulty accessing the conventional transit system. Wheel-Trans registrants and seniors comprise the majority of customers served. However, all individuals are eligible for the service.

2015 2014 Increase/(Decrease)
Passenger Trips 2015 47,807 2014 49,321 Decrease of (1,514)
Average Daily Trips2 2015 183 2014 189 Decrease of (6)
Kilometres Operated 2015 153,236 2014 152,019 Increase of 1,217
Scheduled Vehicle Service Hours 2015 10,269 2014 10,188 Increase of 81
Revenue Vehicles 2015 7 2014 7 Increase of 0
Number of Routes 2015 5 2014 5 Increase of 0
1 Includes contract vehicles (includes 210 accessible taxis and 150 sedan taxis operating during peak hours).
2 Community Bus does not operate on weekends or holidays.
* Customers who have used Wheel-Trans at least once in 2015 (as per Auditor General’s new definition).

Easier Access

The TTC is committed to improving access to the conventional system for all its customers. The TTC is everyone’s transit system.

The entire TTC bus fleet is accessible with low-floor, ramp-equipped, kneeling buses. All buses include 2 mobility device positions and priority seating for customers with disabilities, seniors and pregnant women.

Number of fully accessible T-1 subway cars (370) and Toronto Rocket (TR) subway cars (426). Each T-1 car has 1 multi-purpose area; each TR car has 2 multi-purpose areas. T-1 trains run on Lines 2 and 4; TR trains run on Line 1 only. All Subway/RT cars can be boarded by people using wheelchairs, scooters or other mobility devices.

Number of new low-floor accessible streetcars in service on the 510 Spadina and 509 Harbourfront routes at year-end 2015.

All 176 bus routes are accessible. This includes 27 Blue Night routes and 5 Community Bus routes.

Number of accessible subway stations, which are equipped with elevators that make travel easier for people using wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, other mobility devices or baby strollers. These stations are:

  • Line 1 (Yonge-University): Downsview, Lawrence West, Eglinton West, St George, Queen’s Park, Osgoode, St Andrew, Union, Queen, Dundas, Bloor-Yonge, St Clair, Davisville, Eglinton, York Mills, Sheppard-Yonge, North York Centre, Finch
  • Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth): Kipling, Jane, Dundas West, Dufferin, Bathurst, Spadina, St George, Bloor-Yonge, Broadview, Pape, Main Street, Victoria Park, Kennedy
  • Line 3 (Sheppard): Sheppard-Yonge, Bayview, Bessarion, Leslie, Don Mills
  • Line 4 (Scarborough RT): Kennedy, Scarborough Centre

Note: Subway interchanges counted once.
All stations are planned to be made accessible by 2025.

Subway stations with centre platforms

  • Line 1 (Yonge-University): Downsview, Wilson, Yorkdale, Lawrence West, Glencairn, St George, Museum, Queen’s Park, St Patrick, Osgoode, St Andrew, Eglinton, Lawrence, York Mills, Sheppard-Yonge, Finch
  • Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth): Kipling, Islington, St George, Bay, Bloor-Yonge, Warden, Kennedy
  • Line 3 (Sheppard): Bayview, Bessarion, Leslie, Don Mills
  • Line 4 (Scarborough RT): none

Key Facts

Busiest Bus and Streetcar Routes

(Estimated daily usage on average business day)

504 King (streetcar) … 64,600
32 Eglinton West (bus) … 48,700
35 Jane (bus) … 45,700
36 Finch West (bus) … 44,000
52 Lawrence West (bus) … 43,900
510 Spadina (streetcar) … 43,800
501 Queen (streetcar) … 43,500
29 Dufferin (bus) … 39,700
506 Carlton (streetcar) … 39,600
25 Don Mills (bus) … 39,100

Subway Station Defibrillators

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) were installed within line of sight of Collector Booths at all 69 Subway/RT stations in 2011. The AEDs can be used in the event of cardiac emergency. Each unit is encased in appropriately labelled, glass-fronted white cabinets, 38 centimetres by 33 centimetres in size.

Customer Facing Information Screens

Digital video screens are located above the platforms in the majority of subway stations. A great source of information, these 101-centimetre, flat screens show TTC service updates, next-train arrival times, the date and time, as well as news, weather, advertising, charity and community messages. During emergencies, key information will appear on these screens. Additional flat screens are being installed in the subway system to improve customer communications by showing the status of subway and surface routes that serve each station, as well as providing important updates that customers would require before paying their fare.

Customers can also use Station Information and Next-Vehicle-Arrival screens and monitors at a growing number of subway stations and transit shelters to help them make more informed decisions about their transit trips.

  • After 95 years in service – and at 30 billion customers carried – the TTC has grown to become one of the most visible and vital public service organizations in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • In 2015, the TTC set an all-time record of 538 million rides, surpassing 2014’s record ridership total of 535 million.
  • The TTC carries one billion customers approximately every 22 months. The TTC is expected to welcome its 31 billionth rider in the summer of 2017.
  • More than 13,000 employees serve well over half-a-billion customers annually. With more than 1.8 million customer journeys on a typical weekday, the TTC has one of the highest per-capita ridership rates in North America.
  • The TTC serves some 5.5 million people in the Greater Toronto Area, with a network of subways, streetcars, buses, and a specialized service, Wheel-Trans, for people who require accessible transportation.
  • In 2013, the TTC launched its Five-Year Corporate Plan. The Plan outlines seven key objectives and a delivery strategy for each. Those objectives are: Safety. Customer. People. Assets. Growth. Financial Stability. Reputation. These are the things that the TTC must get right in order to achieve its vision of a transit system that makes Toronto proud.
  • Total number of TTC employees as of December 31, 2015 – 13,681.
  • Estimated number of cars that a TTC vehicle replaces during a typical morning rush hour:
    - Low-floor bus (12 metre): 45
    - Low-floor articulated bus (18 metre): 70
    - CLRV streetcar: 65
    - ALRV streetcar: 95
    - New low-floor articulated streetcar: 115
    - SRT train (4 cars): 195
    - T-1 train (6 cars): 900
    - Toronto Rocket train (6 cars): 990
    [Figures are based on TTC loading standards for each mode divided by A.M. rush average automobile occupancy (1.11) for inbound trips to the city of Toronto.]

Spadina Subway Extension

The Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) is a six-station, 8.6-km extension of the Line 1 Yonge-University Subway from the current Downsview Station (to be renamed Sheppard West Station), northwest through York University, and north into York Region.

The TYSSE will be the first subway expansion crossing the municipal boundary of Toronto. The official groundbreaking took place in 2009. The extension is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017. The extension will cost approximately $3.18 billion (approval was obtained in February 2016) and has generated thousands of jobs during its construction, which was about 80 per cent complete at the end of 2015. Here are the six stations:

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre: is located north of Highway 7 to the west side of the relocated Millway Avenue. The terminal station is a multi-modal transportation hub with an off-street passenger-pick-up-and-drop-off area, and connections to York Region Transit (YRT) Bus Terminal and to the Viva Bus Rapidway, which will run in the centre of Highway 7.

Highway 407: is located west of Jane Street and south of Highway 407, west of Black Creek. Includes: inter-regional bus terminal, 600-space commuter lot, connection to future Highway 407 Transitway.

Pioneer Village: is located diagonally below Steeles Avenue West. Includes: TTC and YRT bus terminals, 1,900-space commuter lot.

York University: is located at York University, crossing underneath Ian Macdonald Boulevard in the heart of the Keele Campus below the Harry W. Arthurs Common.

Finch West: is located under Keele Street, north of Finch Avenue West. Includes: TTC bus terminal, 400-space commuter lot, future connection to Finch West LRT.

Downsview Park: is located at Downsview Park on the south side of Sheppard Avenue West, centred under GO Transit’s Barrie Train Line. Includes: connection to Barrie GO rail service.

Construction Information Line: 1-800-223-6192

The Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension project is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto and The Regional Municipality of York.

Project Stats

1,400,000 m3
Amount of excavated material (enough to fill Rogers Centre).

400,000 m3
Amount of concrete used (equal to 10 CN Towers).

Total tons of rebar required for construction.

9,000 rings
Total number of precast tunnel liners (54,000 segments).

Total kilograms of earth each tunnel boring machine dug (equivalent to 280 cars).

Total number of precast double ties.

Toronto Rocket Subway Trains

  • The TTC had 71 new Toronto Rocket subway trains in service in 2015.
  • The first new Toronto Rocket car was delivered to Wilson Subway Yard on October 1, 2010. The first Toronto Rocket train was officially launched into revenue service on July 21, 2011.
  • Delivery of 82 fully accessible train sets (480 cars), from Bombardier Transportation in Thunder Bay, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016.
  • These trains replace the TTC’s oldest subway cars, most of which date from the 1970s, and will allow the TTC to meet future ridership demands once the Spadina Subway Extension opens for revenue service.
  • The Toronto Rockets, and the re-signalling of the Yonge-University Subway, will ultimately allow the TTC to improve subway train headways (time between trains) up to 90 seconds, as well as carry more people.
  • The TTC’s new subway trains are a six-car-fixed configuration with open gangways, and enable riders to move freely from one end of the train to the other. Each train is comprised of two cab cars (one at each end) plus four non-cab cars.

Principle specifications

Fleet class – Toronto Rocket
Number of cars – 480
Fleet numbers – 5381-6196
Seating (perch seat included) – 64 seated (cab car), 68 (non-cab car)
Standing – 199 (average)
Length – 23.190 m
Height – 3.137 m
Weight – 205,000 kg
Maximum design speed – 88 km/h

What’s inside the Toronto Rockets

  • Passenger alarm intercoms: these are located in every alternate doorway and multi-purpose area (six per car; 36 per train). The intercoms allow for voice communication with either the Operator or Guard. 1.5-metre doorways include stanchions on either side. All stanchions have an anti-bacterial coating and are colour-coated to help people with impaired vision.
  • Multi-purpose areas: each car includes two accessible areas (12 per train). The space includes three individual, user-friendly fold-down seats.
  • Electronic information displays: flashing Subway/RT route maps to visually announce the next station work in conjunction with ceiling-mounted visual displays. Synchronized audio and visual announcements are provided together with additional LED/LCD displays for broadcasting operational messages (i.e. disruptions).
  • Closed circuit cameras: (four per car; 24 per train) are strategically located to cover the interior of each car. The Operator and Guard have access to live images only when the passenger alarm is activated.
  • Emergency Alarms: emergency alarms are available on all of the TTC’s subway trains. Customers can press these yellow alarm strips in the event of an emergency. Train crews will call for emergency responders.
  • Multi-media, colour video screens: (three per car; 18 per train) these display mainly stations and destination information for subway passengers in text and video format, as well as safety and emergency information.

The new fleet of Toronto Rocket subway trains is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto.

Next-Generation Streetcars

  • The TTC had 14 new low-floor streetcars in revenue service in 2015.
  • The TTC’s first, low-floor streetcar, a prototype test vehicle, arrived in Toronto by rail at CP’s Lambdon Yard from Bombardier Transportation in Thunder Bay on September 25, 2012. Car No. 4400 was loaded on to a tractor/trailer flatbed and delivered to the TTC’s Hillcrest Complex on September 29, 2012.
  • Officials from all three orders of government attended an official reveal of car #4400 at TTC’s Harvey Shop on November 15, 2012.
  • Car #4400 was the first of three test vehicles that were used for extensive vehicle reliability, performance and technology verification testing in 2013. System compatibility tests included: accessibility features, platform- and on-street boarding interface with the vehicle, noise and vibration, fare card system and overhead power interface.
  • Delivery of all 204 low-floor streetcars from Bombardier Transportation is scheduled for completion in 2019. These vehicles will replace the aging fleet of CLRVs and ALRVs, and provide for ridership growth and congestion relief efforts.
  • The new vehicles are just over 30 metres long. They have four doors, 70 fixed seats and six flip-down seats. They have many user friendly features, including: air conditioning, large windows, airy interior design, interior bike racks and a PRESTO fare card system.
  • The TTC entered into a contract with Bombardier after a competitive procurement process for the design and supply of 204 new, accessible low-floor streetcars in June 2009.

Principle specifications

Type – multi-articulated, six-axle
Seats – 70
Length – 30.20 m
Width – 2.54 m
Height – 3.84 m
Weight – 48,200 kg
Speed – max 70 km/h

70 seated; 130 maximum

Next-Generation Buses

  • The TTC had 153 new low-floor, articulated buses in service in 2015.
  • The TTC’s first low-floor, articulated bus (bendy bus #9000) arrived on property on July 18, 2013. Test bus #9000 was delivered to Wilson Garage from Nova Bus in St. Eustache, Quebec.
  • The TTC’s next-generation articulated buses are 18.3 metres (60 feet) long, low-floor with a front-door ramp and equipped with clean-diesel technology.
  • Articulated buses officially made their return to revenue service (bendy bus #9001) on the 7 Bathurst route on December 20, 2013.
  • In September 2012, the TTC Board approved an initial contract for 27 articulated buses with Nova Bus (a division of Volvo Group Canada Inc.). On March 27, the Board approved a contract amendment worth $119.4 million for the purchase of an additional 126 articulated vehicles for delivery starting in 2014.
  • These new vehicles will be the third generation of 18-metre articulated buses operated by the TTC. A small fleet of 12 demonstrator buses – manufactured by General Motors in London, Ontario – were operated from 1982 to 1987. A fleet of 90 Orion-Ikarus buses – frame and body manufactured in Hungary and finished by Ontario Bus Industries in Mississauga – were operated from 1987 to 2003.

Principal fleet specifications

  • Type – low-floor articulated
  • Number of buses – 153
  • Fleet numbers – 9000-9152
  • Seats – 46
  • Length – 18.3 m
  • Width – 2.6 m
  • Height – 3.2 m
  • Weight – 18,960 kg (curb weight)
  • Speed – limited to 100 km/h

Nova LFS Artic Bus profile
46 seated; 77 maximum