What You Need to Know About TTC: Toronto Transit Commission

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is a public transportation agency or service operating streetcar, subway, and bus and paratransit services. The agency operates across Toronto, Ontario Canada. The service was established in 1992 and it consists of 4 rapid-transit lines. The rapid-transit lines have about 75 stations in use, more than 149 bus routes and of course, 11 streetcar lines.

It is important that you are able to familiarize yourself with the map of Toronto’s subway system. The map is indeed complex and because of that, you may need to be of a sharp mind and have some skills. It is important that you understand the various subway lines categories. That includes the Yonge-University line and the Bloor-Danforth line. The different types of
information concerning the TTC can be found online, on the official TTC’s website. Consequently, here are a few things about the Toronto Transit Commission.

Service Information

The hours of operation of the subway during weekdays and Saturdays start at around 6 a.m. and ends at about 1:30 a.m. On Sundays, the service starts at around 8 a.m. and continues until 1:30 a.m.

During the holidays, Christmas Day and of course, New Year’s Day, the subway often starts operating from around 9 a.m. It is important to understand that usually, holiday service for streetcars and buses differ. Because of that, it is advised that you call customer care to get the appropriate information. Alternatively, you can see your route schedule online. The official route schedules are able to be accessed through the official website of TTC. In case you cannot access the TTC’s website, you can request Customer Information Representatives of the agency to mail you a schedule.


Commuter parking is available at different stations. These parking stations include Don Mills, Ellesmere parking, Finch, Finch West, Highway 407, Islington parking, Keele parking, Kennedy parking, Kipling parking, and Lawrence East.

There are various conditions attached to the TTC parking lots. For example, hours of paid parking are from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. and that is from Monday to Friday unless
stated otherwise. In addition, the parking fees can be paid using different payment methods including MasterCard, VISA, American Express or Green P Mobile Pay. The Mobile Pay is available across the city in non-gated TTC lots. The Green P app can be downloaded from Google Play and App Store and it comes with various benefits. For example, with the app, you will be able to remotely extend parking time and track parking history.

Safety and Security

Your safety and security are important for TTC. To ensure that there is the Emergency Alarm (EA). The EA is a bar that is long and yellow and is placed above the subway train windows. A customer should use the EA in case he or she needs police, emergency or fire services.

Additionally, there is The Safe TTC App that customers can use for reporting any harassment, suspicious activity or just concerns. This method of reporting is not only fast or quick but also discreet and the Transit Control Centre will be able to take the appropriate action. The mobile app is for both Android and iOS.

In addition, TTC employees are often ready to deal with any issue in regards to emergencies. Emergency evacuation procedures are important for operating a transit system that is safe and the employees know about them and you too should.