Andy Byford - CEO of TTC TTC playing its part in planning future transit

Right now, transit expansion is the talk of the town, and the TTC is at the centre of that debate.

Work is progressing well on the extension of Line 1 (Yonge-University) up to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre in York Region, an 8.6-km extension that will also serve York University and take the subway beyond the city boundaries for the first time when it opens at the end of next year.

 At the same time, work continues apace on the installation of a state-of-the-art replacement signalling system to improve reliability and add much-needed additional capacity on Line 1.

The new system will roll out in phases, starting next year, with completion by the end of 2019.

At the same time, we are working closely with our colleagues at Metrolinx as they continue construction of the Crosstown, the future Line 5 light rapid transit line that will link Scarborough to the west end and, ultimately, Lester B. Pearson International Airport.

Other TTC teams are working with the City to progress the extension of Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) to Scarborough Town Centre and on emerging plans for Mayor Tory’s signature SmartTrack project. We are also providing expert input to the early planning stages of an LRT line along the waterfront as well as advising on a project that I have consistently said must be built, namely a Relief Line to take the pressure off the Yonge line and Bloor-Yonge Station, providing an alternate north-south route.

These plans form the backbone for the GTHA transit network over the next 15 years. Coupled with GO’s electrification of key routes and other approved projects, such as the Finch West and Sheppard East LRT, these are exciting times for transit and for us at the TTC, as we deploy decades of transit experience into designing the network of the future.

In Review: Last weekend’s subway closure
Closure Track Work

Last weekend, TTC crews were able to accomplish the following work while subway service was suspended between St George and Lawrence West stations:
ATC-related work:

  • 14,753m (48,402 feet) of total cable installed, comprised of:

* 5600m (18, 373 feet) of radio power cable
* 9153m (30,029 feet) of axle counter cable

  •  Installed 72 total field devices, comprised of

* Installed 13 CBTC radios
* Installed 8 splice enclosures
* Installed 21 termination boxes
* Installed 30 beacons

  • Relocated legacy electrical equipment (4 devices)
  • Completed 100% of planned work
  • Installed 400' of cable tray(bonus work)

Other work:

  • Rail replacement – 2700 feet
  • Rail grinding – 3700 feet
  • Track cleaning activities – 15,000 feet
  • Stations power washed - one
  • Invest flushed – 3700 feet

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Want to know why planned subway closures happen, and what goes on while service is suspended? Watch our latest video on the TTC YouTube Channel

Take the TTC to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Let the TTC connect you to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade this Sun., March 13. Get to the festivities using any of the following routes:


  • Line 1 or 2 to Bloor/  Yonge, Bay, and St George Stations
  • Line 1 to Wellesley,  College, Dundas or Queen Stations


  • 506 Carlton to Yonge  St.
  • 505 Dundas to Yonge  St.

The 94 Wellesley and 501 Queen routes will be diverting for the parade.

For more information, visit

Take advantage of the TTC Group/ Family Day Pass this March Break
TTC Connect App

This March Break, a Group/Family Day Pass allows customers to travel all day on the TTC for just $12. Between Sat., March 12 and Sun., March 20, you can purchase and use a pass with the TTC’s e-ticketing app, TTCconnect, on your iOS or Android device, or you can buy a pass at any collector booth. Passes are valid from the date shown on the pass until 5:30 a.m. the next day.

Group Day Passes are ideal for:

  • 1 adult and not more than 5  youths 13 to 19 years of age; or
  • 2 adults and not more than 4  youths 13 to 19 years of age; or
  • 2 adults

Children 12 and under ride for free.

Employee Profile
Joseph Perruccio

Name: Joseph Perruccio
Position: Foreperson - Machine Shop
Years of service: 11

It has been immensely pleasurable working for the Toronto Transit Commission, since 2005. My position as the Machine Shop foreperson for Harvey Shops allows me to experience a full range of rewarding interactions with our customers.

Working for the TTC’s Bus Maintenance Department allows me to be part of many different overhaul processes from small to heavy component overhaul. I’m extremely proud to be an employee of the TTC and the Bus Maintenance Department. Keeping our customers satisfied by meeting their needs and anticipating their expectations remains at the core of our work.


There are no major disruptions at this time.


POP All-door boarding is now available on all TTC streetcar lines 24 hours a day, seven days a week with proof-of-payment.

Weekly Customer Service Report

Customer Service Report

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