The TTC has been soldiering on despite the nastiness of COVID-19 in Canada’s largest city. You can still get from here to there via buses, streetcars and the subway. Premier Doug Ford has announced that the province will be giving up to $1.6-billion to municipalities to help public transit get through financial shortcomings. $400-million, a first phase of funding of that payout, will go to the Toronto Transit Commission. <Photo – Urban Toronto>It’s estimated that the TTC will still be short $700-million by the end of the year. Associate Minister of Transport for the Greater Toronto Area said “This additional funding will keep municipal transit systems running and will help keep trains, buses, and stations safe so people can feel confident in choosing public transit as they go back to work.”
The last of 204 new streetcars ordered by TORONTO – #4603 – will soon be arriving in the city. The push to build all of these cars has been long and frustrating, but now that seems to be behind us. Way to go Bombardier and its Thunder Bay crew!
<PHOTO ABOVE – laying track on a curve, ca1930’s, City of Toronto Archives>
<Small green and brown omnibus, Toronto Street Railway, ca1860’s. They ran as backups to the main fleet of horsecars.> Media producer TREVOR PARKINS is a man on a mission. He’s learned that relics from the earliest days of public transit in TORONTO are accumulating dust in Ottawa’s Science and Technology Museum. He wants them back where they belong. The major obstacle is finding a place to show them.
<Yorkville Omnibus, in service from 1849 to 1861 between TORONTO and the Village of Yorkville> Once part of a museum display, the vehicles appear to be in excellent shape, but they’ve been in storage for decades. “They are part of TORONTO’s history, not Ottawa history,” Trevor says. “I really think the TTC could bring them back and run a touristic attraction for them, if they wanted.”
<John Thompson Omnibus, 1880, carried passengers from TORONTO to Richmond Hill> Spokesman BRAD ROSS said the TTC has no record of heritage vehicles belonging to the TTC in storage in Ottawa – or anywhere else for that matter. “Vehicles are decommissioned and sold as scrap – and have been for years.” he said. “Where they go after that isn’t something we track.”
<1892 closed streetcar, Toronto Street Railway Company>
<One of TORONTO’s first double-deckers, 1921>
<Single-decker bus, Toronto Transportation Commission, 1922> <PHOTOS – Trevor Parkins, Transit Toronto, blogto>
Many of us take TORONTO’s subway system for granted. It’s been there since March 30, 1954 and for the most part it’s clean and reliable day in and day out. “Tunnel Vision” the story of Toronto’s subway” is an exhibition of photographs, maps, plans, ephemera and artifacts from the earliest public transit until the present day . For anyone who loves trains and tunnels or is curious about our city’s transit system. Website – http://www.toronto.ca/marketgallery
<A wine and gold subway sign – retired>
<Opening day ceremonial first run from Davisville Station to Union, March 30, 1954>
<Toronto newspaper headlines as the subway is being built>
<Toronto Transit’s Grey Cup float, 1950’s>
<“The Toronto Subway Song” by the Ozzie Williams Band, 1950, not in the exhibition>
<A modern subway train on Line 1>