TTC hosts annual Underground Freedom Train Ride

Tonight, Mon., July 31, the TTC will host the annual Emancipation Day Underground Freedom Train Ride, in support of Blackhurst Cultural Centre (formerly A Different Booklist Cultural Centre), to mark Emancipation Day on Aug. 1.


The event commemorates the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. It also provides a unique, in-person experience, to reflect on the historic and dangerous journey that formerly enslaved people took to reach freedom in Canada.


“The TTC is proud to host the annual Emancipation Day Underground Freedom Train Ride, which marks an important part of Canadian history,” said TTC Chair Jon Burnside. “On behalf of the Board, I thank Blackhurst Cultural Centre and the TTC team for organising this meaningful and engaging experience, celebrating freedom, and supporting our ongoing efforts to confront anti-Black racism.”


The Emancipation Day Underground Freedom Train Ride is open to the public, and will travel non-stop between Union and Downsview Park stations, with up to 1,200 participants. A special Emancipation Day event at Downsview Park Station will follow, featuring singing, drumming and moments of reflection.


“The TTC welcomes the opportunity to host the Underground Freedom Train Ride every year,” said TTC CEO Rick Leary. “My thanks to our dedicated team, and our partners, for organizing this special event. Observing Emancipation Day is just one way we are working hard to build a more equitable, inclusive and welcoming transit system for everyone.”


When: Mon., July 31 / Tues., Aug. 1, 2023.

Where: Line 1, Union to Downsview Park stations.

Time: Ceremony begins at 11 p.m. Freedom Train departs Union Station, University platform, at 11:45 p.m., and arrives at Downsview Park Station at 12:15 a.m. The event at Downsview Park Station runs from 12:10 – 12:45 a.m.

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