There’s A New Subway On The Way (5)

The new subway would bring major changes in travel throughout the transit network.  The TTC produced a large poster, the size of a two-page foldout in newspapers of the day explaining many features of the line and its operation.


Probably the largest reorganization of routes in the TTC’s history accompanied the opening of the new subway including the change or removal of several streetcar lines. This was to be the beginning of a gradual dismantling of streetcar operation leading to the opening of a Queen Street subway in 1980.


Lest passengers be confused about the destination of their trains with the integrated subway service, platform signs would indicate where the next train was headed. The signs remain on many platforms with their displays fixed to the now-standard destinations.


The two-zone fare system still existed, although its boundary would not be punctured by the subway until the extensions beyond the old City of Toronto opened. The fine boundary line is visible in the route map below.


Adult tickets were still a common method of fare payment, and the TTC exhorted travellers to switch to the mode used by “seasoned subway riders”, tokens, at the princely price of 6 for $1 in handy cardboard holders.


For the opening, a special commemorative token holder was issued.


The subway had its own pocket route map.



Six months later, this would change to the routes we know today.



5 thoughts on “There’s A New Subway On The Way (5)

  1. Joshua: I still think that an LRT would have been better for the Bloor-Danforth.

    Steve: LRT could not possibly handle the demand.

    But the demand for subway extension to Scarborough today is many times higher than the demand for the Bloor-Danforth when construction began for it about 60 or so years ago; so why did you, Steve, not scream out then against the Bloor-Danforth subway as you scream out against the Scarborough subway today?

    Steve: It’s time you learned a bit of history. The Bloor Streetcar, in the latter days of its operation, was carrying about 8,000 passengers per hour when it ran only from Jane to Luttrell (the city boundary east of Main), and the suburbs had barely started to develop. There were parallel services taking people into downtown by various routes that, looking at a future subway corridor, were part of the same demand pattern. At that point, much of Scarborough was farmland. The future demand on a BD line was self-evident, and the limits on the streetcar network had been reached.

    By the way, when the BD subway was proposed, I was not yet 10 years old, and my screaming-out had nothing to do with bad transit plans.

    Also I notice that Steve always supports TTC fare increases but complaints about a much more modest Scarborough subway tax; the TTC fare increases are by far a much higher cash grab given that an average person takes the TTC more than a 1000 times every year.

    Steve: First off, I support fare increases because without the, the system will be strangled for service. It is ironic that Council has no problem imposing a tax whose cumulative value is 1.6%, or roughly $45 million per year, when it refuses to fund much more modest spending to improve service by the TTC. My complaint about the SSE tax is that it is inconsistent with claims that the city cannot afford to fund more transit, not that there is a tax. There should be more if Toronto is going to fund its share of many rapid transit projects.

    At least the Scarborough subway tax will bring us something in return (some very useful infrastructure plus jobs) whereas most of the TTC fare increases bring us nothing bus increased TTC salaries, increased TTC pensions, and increased TTC employee benefits.

    Steve: You left out the part about better service, but as you obviously have a hate on for the TTC as an organization, I don’t expect you to count that. Also, of course, much of the $50 million in “new service” the Mayor loves to crow about regularly has been funded not with higher subsidies, but with the fare increase and cuts elsewhere in the TTC budget.

    By all means, I do support good wages and compensation for our TTC employees but I just don’t think that fare increases are the best way to support that (higher income taxes, higher property taxes, and higher wealth taxes are the way to go since those don’t unfairly burden the poorest in society unlike TTC fare increases which punish the poorest who are forced to take the TTC unlike the rich who ride in Mercedes and BMW and Porsche and what not and NEVER take the TTC).

    Steve: I hate to break it to you, but a lot of people who are not poor take the TTC. I agree that there should be a way to make transit cheaper for the less well-off, but that is a completely separate issue. As long as Toronto Council and Queen’s Park don’t recognize the need to fund cheaper fares for poorer riders, the fares will be the same for everyone. However, the City is now studying what would be involved in providing lower fares as part of their “transit equity” study.

    Consider yourself lucky that I didn’t just purge this comment. Now piss off.


  2. Instead of going with a Queen light rail (streetcars at the time) subway, they went further north with a heavy rail subway. The error was that it was further north. Passengers still needed to transfer to get to their downtown destinations, which added to the congestion on both Yonge and University (more so on Yonge).

    They only postponed a Queen (now to be called a “Downtown Relief Line” or a “Yonge Relief Line”) rapid transit line, decades later.


  3. “The destination signs will change automatically when a train comes into the station.”

    Thereby voting non-confidence in the schedule. Otherwise, it would make more sense to have the signs change when a train leaves, so everyone could see the destination of the next train.

    Steve: Actually the signs changed before the next train arrived. The detector which triggered this was located in advance of the station, and it interacted with a transponder on the trains.


  4. Probably not supposed to admit it, as I guy who writes elsewhere about transit in Toronto… but I didn’t grow up here.

    But my mother did, and one of the earliest signs of my impending transit nerdiness, was my excitement of discovering that series of colour ads in the Toronto Star announcing the subway and its various routing changes in my grandmother’s house in New Toronto.

    (I was 12 in February 1966 and continued to study that map extensively until the ad disappeared in the early 1970s… I still have a black-and-white copy of the ads, that I obtained from Toronto Public Library microfilm.)

    Thanks for posting the ads!


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