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- TTC wins APTA Transit System of the Year award.
- St Clair West becomes an accessible subway station.
- Woodbine becomes an accessible subway station.
- Coxwell becomes an accessible subway station.
- 2017 we introduced adult and senior TTC Monthly Passes on PRESTO.
- Downsview Station is renamed Sheppard West Station.
- The Line 1 subway extension between Sheppard West and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre stations opens.
- All six of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) stations are accessible: Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, Highway 407, Pioneer Village, York University, Finch West and Downsview Park.
- TTC reaches record level of 538.1-million annual customer-trips.
- Subway service started at 8 a.m. on Sundays, one hour earlier than the traditional 9 a.m. Sunday start time.
- Main Street Station became the first station in the subway system to get modern, paddle-style gates when the main entrance was equipped with eight bi-directional fare gates, six of which were PRESTO-enabled.
- The new Leslie Barns streetcar facility officially opens.
- Toronto Rockets trains replaced T-1 trains in revenue service on Line 4 Sheppard.
- The first train with one crew member entered revenue service on Line 4 Sheppard, officially starting One-Person Train Operation (OPTO). With OPTO technology, Subway Operators drive the train and operate its doors from the lead cab, with a Subway Guard no longer be onboard.
- The entire TTC network is PRESTO ready, with at least one entrance at every subway station with PRESTO, and all buses, streetcars and Wheel-Trans buses.
- Ossington becomes an accessible subway station.
- At least one entrance of every subway station had PRESTO
- All buses, including Wheel-Trans and accessible taxis became PRESTO-enabled
- TTC reaches record level of 537.6-million annual customer-trips.
- On Aug. 3, 2015, the TTC carried its 30 billionth customer – or four times the world’s population – since its inception in 1921.
- Proof of payment (POP) and all-door boarding went into effect on all 11 streetcar routes. TTC riders with POP could board any streetcar through any door.
- All streetcars became PRESTO-enabled.
- Union Station second platform officially opens for service, doubling platform capacity at the station.
- The first, new accessible streetcars (#4400 and #4403) launched into revenue service on the 510 Spadina route.
- The TTC’s online store, shop.ttc.ca, was launched, selling vintage posters, route maps and other merchandise.
- A new Support Person Assistance Card was introduced.
- Blue priority seating introduced on the new articulated buses.
- TTC reaches record level of 535.0-million annual customer-trips.
- Dufferin becomes an accessible subway station.
- Lawrence West becomes an accessible subway station.
- Five-Year Corporate Plan and Customer Charter introduced, outlining the TTC’s commitments to Toronto and to transit customers.
- TTC reaches record level of 525.2-million annual customer-trips.
- Pape becomes an accessible subway station.
- TTC ridership reaches record level of 514.0-million annual customer-trips.
- St Andrew becomes an accessible subway station.
- First “Toronto Rocket” accessible subway trains enter service.
- TTC ridership reaches record level of 500.2-million annual customer-trips.
- Victoria Park becomes an accessible subway station.
- All TTC bus routes are accessible.
- Last non-accessible buses retired from regular service.
- TTC ridership reaches record level of 477.4-million annual customer-trips.
- TTC ridership reaches record level of 471.2-million annual customer-trips.
- The Transit City Bus Plan, which recommends initiatives to improve bus service on key routes across Toronto, is approved by the Commission.
- North York Centre becomes an accessible subway station.
- York University busway opens from Downsview Station to York University.
- Presto fare card readers installed, at limited number of subway stations.
- TTC ridership reaches record level of 466.7-million annual customer-trips.
- Service increased so that most bus and streetcar routes operate all day, every day.
- TTC service suspended during one-and-a-half-day strike.
- Adult tickets eliminated.
- Osgoode, St Clair and York Mills become accessible subway stations.
- The Transit City Light Rail Plan, which recommends a network of new light rail lines throughout Toronto, is approved by the Commission.
- Broadview Station and Jane Station become accessible subway stations.
- First production diesel-electric hybrid buses enter TTC service.
- TTC service suspended during one-day strike.
- CNG-fueled buses retired from service.
- Day Pass becomes valid for travel during Monday-Friday morning peak period.
- Day Pass becomes valid for family or group travel on Saturdays.
- Transferable Weekly Pass is introduced. Adults do not require photo identification.
- Monthly Metropass becomes transferable. Adults no longer require photo identification.
- Eglinton West Station becomes an accessible subway station.
- Eglinton Station and Main Street Station become accessible subway stations.
- Articulated buses retired from service.
- The Ridership Growth Strategy, which recommends significant service improvements and fare initiatives, is approved by the Commission.
- Davisville Station, Dundas Station, Dundas West Station, and Queen's Park Station become accessible subway stations.
- Sheppard Subway opens from Sheppard-Yonge Station to Don Mills Station. All five stations on the new subway – Sheppard-Yonge Station, Bayview Station, Bessarion Station, Leslie Station, and Don Mills Station – are accessible subway stations.
- Scarborough Centre Station becomes an accessible subway station.
- Harbourfront streetcar extended west from Spadina & Queens Quay to Exhibition.
- Bathurst Station, Finch Station, Kennedy Station, Kipling Station, and St George Station become accessible subway stations.
- TTC service suspended during two-day strike.
- First low-floor full-sized accessible buses enter service.
- The amalgamated City of Toronto replaces Metro Toronto and six area municipalities.
- Spadina streetcar opens between Spadina Station and Union Station.
- Queen Station and Spadina Station (Bloor-Danforth Subway) become accessible subway stations.
- Spadina Subway extended north to Downsview Station.
- Downsview Station, Bloor-Yonge Station, and Union Station become the first accessible subway stations.
- First lift-equipped accessible buses enter service.
- First of 372 “T-1” accessible subway cars enter service.
- Last PCC streetcars retired from regular service.
- Unlimited-ride GTA weekly pass introduced, valid on TTC and other surrounding transit agencies.
- Electric trolley coaches retired from service.
- Free commuter parking introduced for Metropass customers.
- TTC service suspended during 8-day strike.
- Community bus service for seniors and people with disabilities introduced.
- Harbourfront streetcar opens between Union Station and Queens Quay & Spadina.
- Gray Coach Lines is sold.
- Last original red " Gloucester " subway cars retired from service.
- Day Pass replaces Sunday/Holiday Pass. Valid for one person from Monday to Saturday and for family or group travel on Sundays and holidays.
- First CNG-fueled buses enter service.
- TTC service disrupted during 41-day labour dispute
- First production Articulated Light Rail Vehicles (ALRV) enter service.
- TTC assumes full responsibility for Wheel-Trans operation.
- TTC ridership reaches record level of 463.5-million annual customer-trips.
- Gray Coach Lines purchases one-third interest in charter airline Vacationair. GCL stake is sold in 1989.
- High-capacity 18m-long articulated buses enter service.
- North York Centre Station opens.
- Blue Night network of expanded overnight bus and streetcar routes is introduced.
- Gray Coach Lines purchases intercity coach and school bus operator Trentway-Wagar Inc.
- Scarborough RT opens between Kennedy Station and McCowan Station.
- Unlimited-ride monthly Metropass introduced.
- Bloor-Danforth Subway extended west to Kipling Station and east to Kennedy Station.
- First Canadian Light Rail Vehicles (CLRV) enter service.
- Spadina Subway opens between St George Station and Wilson Station. University Subway re-opens during the late evenings and on Sundays.
- TTC service suspended during eight-day strike.
- Exact cash fares introduced.
- Wheel-Trans established, operated by a private contractor using lift-equipped vans.
- TTC mini-bus service begins operation, on the Maple Leaf and Glenorchy routes. Regular buses replace mini-buses on Maple Leaf in 1978 and on Glenorchy in 1981.
- Women are employed as Operators for the first time since the Second World War.
- Yonge Subway extended north to Finch Station.
- TTC service suspended during 23-day strike.
- Yonge Subway extended north to York Mills Station.
- Zone fares eliminated on TTC services within Metro Toronto.
- Sunday/Holiday Pass is introduced, valid for family or group travel.
- GO Transit dial-a-bus service begins in North York, and operates until 1976. Service provided under contract by TTC using mini-buses.
- Streetcar abandonment programme is canceled, and work begins to rebuild and retain the streetcar network.
- Last year that fare revenues meet TTC operating expenses.
- Senior citizen fares introduced.
- TTC service suspended during 12-day strike.
- GO Transit regional bus service begins. Most service operated under contract by Gray Coach Lines, until 1989.
- University Subway is closed and replaced by buses between Union Station and St George Station, during the late evenings and on Sundays.
- Bloor-Danforth Subway extended west to Islington Station and east to Warden Station.
- Streetcar abandonment programme is approved; all streetcars are expected to be replaced by buses by 1980.
- Bloor-Danforth Subway opens between Keele Station and Woodbine Station.
- Last Peter Witt streetcars retired from regular service.
- University Subway opens between Union Station and St George Station.
- First 23-metre-long Canadian-designed aluminium-bodied subway cars enter service.
- The Metro Toronto parks department takes over all Toronto Island ferry service.
- First TTC commuter parking lot opens, at St Clair Station.
- Toronto Transportation Commission is renamed Toronto Transit Commission.
- Yonge Subway opens between Union Station and Eglinton Station.
- TTC becomes the sole provider of public transit in Metro Toronto, and takes over operation of the bus routes operated by the privately-owned Danforth Bus Lines, Hollinger Bus Lines, Roseland Bus Lines, and West York Coach Lines.
- TTC takes over winter ferry service to the Toronto Islands from Metro Toronto.
- The Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto is created.
- Tokens are introduced, for payment of adult fares.
- TTC service suspended during 19-day strike.
- North Yonge Railways radial railway service to Richmond Hill is replaced by buses.
- Electric trolley coaches re-introduced.
1939 to 1945
- TTC contributes to the Second World War effort. Record numbers of passengers are carried.
- Women are employed for the first time as drivers, conductors, and in maintenance positions.
- First of 745 Presidents' Conference Committee ("PCC" or "Red Rocket") streetcars enter service.
- First diesel-electric hybrid coaches enter Gray Coach Lines service.
- Radial railway service to Scarborough is replaced by buses.
- Radial railway service to Port Credit is replaced by buses.
- White poles with red bands at top and bottom introduced as marker for TTC streetcar and bus stops.
- Gray Coach Lines intercity coach terminal opens at Bay Street and Dundas Street.
- TTC operates, under contract, the municipally-owned North Yonge Railways radial railway line to Richmond Hill.
- Radial railway service to Lake Simcoe is replaced by buses.
- The City purchases the Toronto Islands ferry operation from the privately-owned Toronto Ferry Company. TTC operates ferry service to the Toronto Islands during the spring, summer, and fall, and the City operates winter service.
- TTC operates, under contract, the municipally-owned York Township Railways streetcar routes.
- TTC takes over the City-owned Hydro Electric Railways – Toronto & York Division interurban radial railway lines outside the City of Toronto to Port Credit, Lake Simcoe, and Scarborough.
- Gray Coach Lines, the TTC's intercity bus operation, is incorporated.
- TTC takes over the Canadian National Railways -owned Toronto Suburban Railway Company local streetcar routes.
- First gasoline-electric hybrid bus enters service, and is used until 1926.
- First electric trolley coaches enter service, and are used until 1925.
- TTC takes over the City-owned Toronto & York Radial Railway local streetcar route on Yonge Street.
- Toronto Transportation Commission begins operation, taking over the operations of the Toronto Railway Company, the Toronto Civic Railway, and parts of the City-owned Toronto & York Radial Railway. Nine separate fare systems were replaced by one TTC fare system.
- First of 575 new "Peter Witt" streetcars enter service. A multi-year project begins to rebuild worn out streetcar track and other facilities.
- First motor buses are introduced.
- Toronto Transportation Commission is established, and begins planning for municipal operation of transit service after the expiry of the Toronto Railway Company's 30-year franchise.
- Toronto Civic Railway, a City department, begins operation of several new streetcar routes in developing areas of Toronto.
- Last horse-drawn streetcar is withdrawn.
- First electric streetcar in Toronto is operated, on Church Street. Conversion of the entire system to electric operation begins.
- Transit service is briefly operated by the City before a new 30-year franchise is granted, to the privately-owned Toronto Railway Company.
- The privately-owned Toronto Street Railway Company is granted a 30-year franchise by the City of Toronto to operate public transit. Horse-drawn streetcars provide the service in the summer, and horse-drawn sleighs are used in the winter.
TTC Official Opening Dates
|Yonge Subway (Union Station to Eglinton Station)||March 30, 1954|
|University Subway (Union Station to St George Station)||February 28, 1963|
|Bloor-Danforth Subway (Keele Station to Woodbine Station)||February 25, 1966|
|Bloor-Danforth Subway extensions to Islington Station and Warden Station||May 10, 1968|
|Yonge Subway extension to York Mills Station||March 30, 1973|
|Yonge Subway extension to Finch Station||March 29, 1974|
|Spadina Subway (St George Station to Wilson Station)||January 27, 1978|
|Bloor-Danforth Subway extensions to Kipling Station and Kennedy Station||November 21, 1980|
|Scarborough RT (Kennedy Station to McCowan Station)||March 22, 1985|
|North York Centre Station||June 18, 1987|
|Harbourfront streetcar (Union Station to Queens Quay & Spadina)||June 22, 1990|
|Spadina Subway extension to Downsview Station||March 31, 1996|
|Spadina streetcar (Spadina Station to Union Station)||July 27, 1997|
|Harbourfront streetcar extension to Exhibition||July 21, 2000|
|Sheppard Subway (Sheppard-Yonge Station to Don Mills Station)||November 22, 2002|
|York University busway (Downsview Station to York University)||November 20, 2009|
|Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (Downsview Park to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre)||December 15, 2017|