Toronto’s public transit (TTC) has been in the news again. Not for employees asleep on the job, defrauding the public, or just being surly and inefficient as per other news stories about the TTC. Instead, the TTC is in the news recently as the mayor and chair change their minds on possible expansion of our woefully inadequate subway lines.
I’ve lived in Toronto for many years and relied all that time on public transit. As the city population has been growing exponentially, public transit has been steadily stagnating at best or deteriorating at worst. To be fair, the new head of the TTC is trying to improve customer service – and I wish him luck.
Looking back over the years on Toronto’s public transit, it wasn’t that many years ago that people were more fond of it and even believed their motto of it being “the better way”.
Who know’s if we’ll ever get new subway lines or even have service on existing lines not be excessively packed and slow. But here are some postcards presenting a more optimistic view of the TTC.
The TTC subway stops are decorated with art. Some of it is great, some bizarre, and some horrible. This mural below is the work of “art” I have found the most ugly and amateurish in my life – and sadly, it’s at a stop I frequently encounter. Looking at the bloated,orange face of our first prime minister and the strange Medusa-like depiction of Queen Victoria all the time does not make me feel any more kindly disposed to the TTC.
It’s hard to believe but a main subway station, Yorkdale, used to be illuminated by coloured lights based on subway’s movements. See below.
The “Gray Coach” bus below is included because Gray Coach was originally a TTC service.
The odd thing about these postcards is I only bought them a few years ago from a souvenir store on Yonge Street. They are clearly from the 1960s or 1970s so they must have been either on the rack for a long, long time!