Operating Statistics - 2017

The TTC Operating Statistics publication contains all the key facts and figures about the system’s performance in an annual period and is an invaluable quick reference when talking about the TTC’s achievements in service. The Operating Statistics are compiled by the Corporate Communications Department.

5. Key Facts

Busiest Bus and Streetcar Routes

(Estimated daily usage on average business day)

504 King (streetcar) … 56,700
501 Queen (streetcar) … 55,100
32 Eglinton West (bus) … 48,700
52 Lawrence West (bus) … 43,900
36 Finch West (bus) … 43,100
29 Dufferin (bus) … 42,600
510 Spadina (streetcar) … 40,000
506 Carlton (streetcar) ... 39,000
54 Lawrence East (bus) … 36,700
512 St Clair (streetcar) … 35,200

Subway Station Defibrillators

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are installed at all 75 Subway/RT stations. 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.

Passenger Information Displays

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 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 subway stations and transit shelters to help them make more informed decisions about their transit trips. 


  • After 96 years in service – and at 31 billion customers carried – the TTC has grown to become one of the most visible and vital public service organizations in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • More than 14,000 employees serve well over half-a-billion customers annually. With approximately 1.7 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.
  • 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.]
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