Toronto Subway and RT

Toronto Subway and RT Information

It is a rapid transit system that serves the city of Toronto in Ontario Canada and was opened in 1954. It is today Canada’s second busiest rail network after the Montreal Metro. The system is managed by Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and consists of railway lines that are both underground and elevated. The subway and the RT together stretch over a track of 68.3 kilometers serving 69 stations over four lines. These four lines are Bloor-Danforth, Scarborough RT, Sheppard and Yonge-University-Spadina. In terms of number of stations, the system is also Canada’s largest transit system. As per 2014 statistics, the metro system had an average daily ridership of 1.1 million passengers and 310 million annually in 2012.

In the year 2013, internet access was provided to two stations. Providing Wi-Fi access to all stations is underway. There are other plans also for extending the lines.

Toronto Subway and RT Map

Map of Toronto Subway showing various lines and stations. Click on the map to enlarge it or Download Toronto Subway and RT Map.

Toronto Subway and RT Hours

The approximate hours of subway / RT operations, on weekdays and Saturday are from 6.00 am to 1.30 am. On Sundays, and holidays like Christmas or New Years, the system starts operation a little later, from approximately 9.00 am to 1.30 am. For more information, contact 416-393-4636

Toronto Subway and RT Fares, Tickets and Cards

The riders can buy tokens, tickets and weekly passes with cash payments. These can be bought from various collector booths that are located at subway stations. The tokens are sold as one quantity. For example, 3 tokens can be purchased for $8.10, 4 for $10.80, 5 for $13.50, and 10 for $27.00. Senior citizens and students can buy tickets in quantities of 5 and 10 for $9.25 and $18.50 respectively. The tickets for children can be purchased in multiple of 10 for $6.00.

Metropass and Downtown Premium Express Sticker can be purchased with debit or credit cards at Subway Station collector booths. Token vending machines are also present at stations that accept cash and dispense tokens. Other than that, these tickets and tokens can be purchased from various authorized TTC Fare Media Sellers located in Toronto.

TTC services have an option of Day Pass that can be availed for $11.00 for adult and can be used any day. It’s valid from the date mentioned on the pass to the 5.30 am the next day. There is also a weekly pass that can be procured for $39.25 for an adult and $31.25 for senior citizens and students.

The system also has an option for convention passes, which are offered at discounts, when companies buy them in bulk for their delegates.

For availing greater discounts, the TTC offers Metropass for a pre-paid 12 month subscription. It costs $122.50 per month for adults and $98.00 per month for senior citizens and students.

Toronto Subway and RT Parking

The subway offers park and ride facilities to metro passengers. From Monday to Friday paid parking services are available from 5.00am to 2.00am. Free parking services are provided on weekends and holidays. No overnight parking is allowed on any lot between 2.00am and 5.00am every day.

Toronto Subway and RT Rules and Tips

The stations are serviced by organizations that provide emergency response. The Toronto EMS provides services for medical emergencies. Toronto Police Service is responsible for serious crimes and Toronto Fire Service caters to smoke and fire related emergencies. In addition, the trains and stations are also equipped with Passenger Assistance Alarms, Fire Extinguishers, Emergency Stopping Mechanisms and Passenger Assistance Alarms. The transit system allows the transit of small pets, during off peak periods, provided they are inside hand held cages.

Toronto Subway and RT Lines

Currently Toronto subway offers service through 4 lines. All 4 lines are recognized by its color and name.

  • Line 1 – Yonge- University-Spadina – The line started operation in 1954 and it is the oldest and busiest subway line in Toronto. The subway line operates between Finch and Downsview through the Union. The length of the route is 30.2km serving 32 stations.
  • Line 2 – Bloor-Danforth line – The line started operation in 1966 and the metro operates between Kipling and Kennedy. The subway line is 26.2 km long serving 31 stations.
  • Line 3 – Scarborough RT line – The line started operation in 1985 and the metro operates between Kennedy and McCowan. The length of the line is 6.4km serving 6 stations.
  • Line 4 – Sheppard line – The line started operation in 2002 and the metro operates between Sheppard-Yonge and Don Mills. The length of the line is 5.5km serving 5 stations. It is the most recently built subway line of the Toronto subway.
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