The TTC Story: The First Seventy-five Years

By Mike Filey

Looking again during the last seventy five years, there isn't any doubt that public transportation has performed a big position within the improvement and maturing of Toronto and its metropolitan sector. certainly , regardless of the economic demanding situations dealing with it, the TTC at the present time is still a transit company with an enviable reputation.

The TTC Story:The First Seventy-five Years, through Mike Filey, positive factors over 100 terrific black and white photographs chosen to demonstrate the important "transit" occasion in every year of the TTC’s lifestyles. the pictures were chosen from the Commission’s substantial archival assortment by way of its an expert archivist, Ted Wickson. every one occasion is absolutely defined and positioned into its neighborhood, nationwide, and around the globe ancient context by utilizing enjoyable and informative text.

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To represent the particular graduation of subway operations the superior and mayor each one put a hand on a lever and jointly driven it ahead. That motion led to a close-by block sign turning from amber to eco-friendly. greater than 600 invited visitors then boarded a educate (see picture insert on web page 86) that at accurately 11:50 a. m. departed northbound for Eglinton Station arriving on the northern terminus 4 mins later. mins later, the VIP educate all started on its southbound journey arriving at Union Station, the southern terminus, at precisely 12:10 p. m. The 7. four kilometer (4. 6 mile) trip were coated in exactly twelve mins. A moment inaugural educate, accommodating the overflow of dignitaries, used to be sent at once from Davisville to Union Station. whereas the invited visitors have been nonetheless toasting one and all on the Royal York lodge, at 1:30 p. m. contributors of most people acquired their first probability to experience the process, yet now not till that they had paid the ten-cent fare, notwithstanding it was once more affordable to take advantage of a price ticket or a type of new tokens; they have been 3 for 1 / 4. the outlet of the nation’s first subway used to be the 1st significant milestone for the “new” TTC following the production of Metropolitan Toronto in 1953. The Commission’s new mandate took impact January 1, 1954, giving the TTC a monopoly in supplying public transit carrier through the complete 240-square-mile Metro quarter. The identify Toronto Transit fee used to be followed to higher mirror the organization’s “world category” prestige. First day subway move. Later that afternoon the final of the Witt “trains” rattled and rumbled over the Yonge course finishing a carrier that had initially all started with horsecars again in 1861. For the minutiae buffs the final “train” used to be made from motor 2574 and trailer 2897. preliminary price estimates for the city’s first subway are tricky to figure out because the figures for building of the second one direction, Queen, are often incorporated. in spite of the fact that, based on a Toronto Telegram editorial that seemed at the related day the subway opened, nearly $29 million is given because the “original” estimate for the Yonge course. This determine is then contrasted with the 1954 estimate of $59 million that is itself $8 million wanting what the $67 million determine now supplied in TTC reference fabric. The Yonge line had merely been in operation for a month whilst a desirable tale seemed within the press that revived a 1943 plan that proposed town construct a mixed speedy transit line–multi-lane superhighway paralleling Bloor road and Danforth road. The subway will be sixteen kilometers (10 miles) in size with nearly twenty stations among the jap and western terminals at Victoria Park road and The Kingsway. The parkway will be a little longer at 24 kilometers (15 miles), coming into the town on the Humber River border with Etobicoke and connecting with road five in Scarborough. the particular path of the transit line–highway mix will be north of Bloor and Danforth in areas and south in others.

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