System Quick Facts

Daily Trips (Average Business Day)

  • Revenue Passengers (Fares Collected) ... 1,690,000
  • Revenue Passengers and Transfer Fares ... 2,700,000
  • 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 30, 2016: highest 1-day ridership … 1,846,000

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

Daily Trips (Average Business Day)

  • Revenue Passengers (Fares Collected) … 899,000
  • Revenue Passengers and Transfer Fares … 1,252,000

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

  • Bloor (Yonge-University) … 216,200
  • Yonge (Bloor-Danforth) … 183,200
  • St George (Yonge-University) … 136,200
  • St George (Bloor-Danforth) … 129,000
  • Union … 118,400
  • Finch … 100,800
  • Dundas … 81,300
  • Sheppard-Yonge (Yonge-University) … 76,800
  • Eglinton … 72,700
  • Kennedy (Bloor-Danforth) … 69,800
  • Number of Stations* … 69
  • Number of Escalators … 293**
  • Number of Elevators … 88**
    (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, Ossington, 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 … 25*** (12,001 spaces)

* Subway interchanges counted once.
** 2 elevators opened at Ossington Station.
** Parking lots decreased by 1 in 2016 (at Wilson Station, Wilson-West lot).

Conventional System

2016 2015 Increase/(Decrease)
Passenger Trips1 2016 538,079,000 2015 537,595,000 Increase of 484

Number of Routes/Lines

2016 2015 Increase/(Decrease)
Bus Routes 2016 146 2015 143 Increase of 3
Streetcar Routes 2016 11 2015 11 Increase of 0
Subway Lines 2016 3 2015 3 Increase of 0
ICTS* (Scarborough RT Line) 2016 1 2015 1 Increase of 0
Total 2016 1612 2015 1582 Increase of 3

Kilometres of Routes/Lines3

2016 2015 Increase/(Decrease)
Bus Routes 2016 6,807.2 2015 7,120.0 Decrease of (312.8)
Streetcar Routes 2016 338.0 2015 323.8 Increase of 14.8

Subway/SRT Lengths4

2016 2015 Increase/(Decrease)
Yonge-University 2016 30.2 2015 30.2 Increase of 0
Bloor-Danforth 2016 26.2 2015 26.2 Increase of 0
Sheppard 2016 5.5 2015 5.5 Increase of 0
Scarborough RT 2016 6.4 2015 6.4 Increase of 0

Passengers by Vehicle Mode

Buses 252,899,561
Subway Trains 221,620,993
Streetcars 60,608,201
Scarborough RT Trains 2,950,241
Total 538,078,996
  1. Excludes Wheel-Trans.
  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

2016 2015 Increase/(Decrease)

Buses (kneeling; lift/ramp; wheelchair positions)

Accessible 12-metre (40-foot) 2016 1,773 2015 1,708 Increase of 65
Accessible 18.3-metre (60-foot) 2016 153 2015 153 Increase of 0
Total 2016 1,926 2015 1,861 Increase of 65


Canadian Light Rail Vehicle (CLRV) 2016 176 2015 188 Decrease of 12
Articulated Light Rail Vehicle (ALRV) 2016 43 2015 47 Decrease of 4

New Low-Floor Articulated

2016 30 2015 13 Increase of 17
Total 2016 249 2015 248 Increase of 1

Subway/RT Cars2

Subway Cars 2016 840 2015 796 Increase of 44
Scarborough RT Cars 2016 28 2015 28 Increase of 0
Total 2016 868 2015 824 Increase of 44

Kilometres Operated3 (In thousands)

Bus 2016 138,606 2015 131,579 Increase of 7,027
Subway 2016 83,001 2015 82,177 Increase of 824
Streetcar 2016 13,137 2015 13,936 Decrease of (799)
Scarborough RT (ICTS*) 2016 3,476 2015 3,447 Increase of 29
Total 2016 238,220 2015 231,139 Increase of 7,081

  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; 470 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),936


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.

2016 2015 Increase/(Decrease)
Passenger Trips1 2016 3,881,094 2015 3,487,526 Increase of 393,568
Average Daily Trips1 2016 10,604 2015 9,555 Increase of 1,049
Kilometres Operated1 2016 26,578,052 2015 23,950,607 Increase of 2,627,445
Scheduled Vehicle Service Hours1 2016 1,103,366 2015 1,009,518 Increase of 93,848
Revenue Vehicles1 2016 591 2015 558 Increase of 33
Number of Active Registrants* 2016 41,259 2015 45,127 Decrease of (3,868)

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.

2016 2015 Increase/(Decrease)
Passenger Trips 2016 47,718 2015 47,807 Decrease of (2,089)
Average Daily Trips2 2016 175 2015 183 Decrease of (8)
Kilometres Operated 2016 152,628 2015 152,236 Decrease of (608)
Scheduled Vehicle Service Hours 2016 10,228 2015 10,269 Decrease of (41)
Revenue Vehicles 2016 7 2015 7 Increase of 0
Number of Routes 2016 5 2015 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 2016 (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 (458). Each T-1 car has 1 multi-purpose area; each TR car has 2 multi-purpose areas. T-1 trains run on Line 2 only; TR trains run on Lines 1 and 4. 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, 509 Harbourfront and 514 Cherry routes at year-end 2016.

All 180 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, Ossington, Bathurst, Spadina, St George, Bloor-Yonge, Broadview, Pape, Main Street, Victoria Park, Kennedy
  • Line 3 Scarborough: Kennedy, Scarborough Centre
  • Line 4 Sheppard: Sheppard-Yonge, Bayview, Bessarion, Leslie, Don Mills

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 Scarborough: none
  • Line 4 Sheppard: Bayview, Bessarion, Leslie, Don Mills

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
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
512 St Clair (streetcar) … 38,100
54 Lawrence East (bus) … 36,300

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 2016, the TTC set an all-time record of 538.1 million rides, surpassing 2015’s record ridership total of 537.6 million.
  • The TTC carries one billion customers approximately every 22 months. The TTC is expected to welcome its 31 billionth rider in the late May/early June 2017.
  • More than 14,000 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, 2016 – 14,179.
  • 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): 890
    • Toronto Rocket train (6 cars): 980
      [Figures are based on TTC loading standards for each mode divided by A.M. rush average automobile occupancy (1.12) for inbound trips to the city of Toronto, 2014.]

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 91 per cent complete at the end of 2016. 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 on-street passenger pick up and drop off (on New Park Place and Millway Avenue) , and connections to YRT SmartREIT Bus Terminal and to the Viva BRT, which will run in the centre of Highway 7.
Elevators: 4
Escalators: 6
Highway 407: is located west of Jane Street and south of Highway 407, west of Black Creek. Includes: 18-bay GO/YRT/Viva bus terminal, 560-space commuter lot, one passenger-pick-up-and-drop-off (30 spaces), connection to future Highway 407 Transitway.
Elevators: 2
Escalators: 7
Pioneer Village: is located diagonally below Steeles Avenue West. Includes: 12-bay TTC and 5-bay YRT bus terminal, 1,950-space commuter lot, one passenger-pick-up-and-drop-off (11 spaces).
Elevators: 4
Escalators: 10
York University: is located at York University, crossing underneath Ian Macdonald Boulevard in the heart of the Keele Campus at the east end of the Harry W. Arthurs Common.
Elevators: 2
Escalators: 6
Finch West: is located under Keele Street, north of Finch Avenue West. Includes: Five-bay TTC bus terminal, 358-space commuter lot, one passenger-pick-up-and-drop-off (10 spaces), future connection to Finch West LRT.
Elevators: 3
Escalators: 8
Downsview Park: is located at Downsview Park on the south side of Sheppard Avenue West, centred under GO Transit’s Barrie Commuter Rail line. Includes: connection to Barrie GO rail service.
Elevators: 3
Escalators: 6
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.
17.4 kilometres
Total length of double track and power rail.

Toronto Rocket Subway Trains

  • The TTC had 80 new Toronto Rocket subway trains in service in 2016.
  • 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 April 2017.
  • These trains will 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 four-car- and 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.

Toronto Rocket trains are equipped with evacuation ramps at each end of the train. These detrainment devices can be easily deployed in a matter of seconds to allow for quick and easy evacuation.

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-contrasted 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: these alarms are available on all of the TTC’s subway trains. Customers can press the 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 30 new low-floor streetcars in revenue service in 2016.
  • 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