Toronto Transit Commission

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is a public transport agency that operates transit bus, streetcar, and rapid transit services in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Established in 1921, the TTC has grown to comprise four rapid transit lines with a total of 69 stations, as well as over 149 bus routes and 11 streetcar lines, of which 148 routes make 243 connections with a rapid transit station during weekday rush hours.

The TTC operates the third most heavily used urban mass transit system in North America, after the New York City Transit Authority and Mexico City Metro. In 2011, the average daily ridership was 2.59 million passengers: 1,294,300 by bus, 307,600 by streetcar, 42,500 by intermediate rail, and 936,300 by subway. The projected 2012 ridership is 507 million riders. The TTC also provides door-to-door services for persons with physical disabilities known as Wheel-Trans; in first quarter, 2010, 8,900 trips were made through this service daily. The TTC employed 12,449 personnel as of December 31, 2011.

Colloquially, the subway cars were known as "red rockets", a nickname originally given to Gloucester subway cars, which were painted bright red and which have since been retired. The name lives on as the TTC uses the phrase to advertise the service, such as "Ride the Rocket" in advertising material, "Rocket" in the names of some express buses, and the new "Toronto Rocket" subway cars, which began revenue operation July 21, 2011. Another common slogan is "The Better Way".

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