If you're one of the 1.69 million passengers who ride the TTC on a daily basis, you're probably well aware of the fact that Toronto's transit system is far from perfect. Sure, few transit systems in the world are held in high regard by their riders, but the unpredictability associated with riding the TTC's 4 subway lines, 11 streetcar lines, and 149 bus routes appear to only precipitate the tremendous frustration and irritation experienced by commuters around the city.
For those of us who are used to feeling red-hot rage while "riding the rocket", let us commiserate together by participating in our favourite city-wide bonding activity: bashing all the things we love to hate about the TTC.
Below are just a few relatively benign examples of the outlandish occurrences that have been witnessed on the TTC and caught on social media over the past few months:
There is no shortage of inconsiderate people who ride the TTC. These are the people that you can't help but stare at while shaking your head in silent disapproval. These are also the people that you side-eye for the duration of your commute, while simultaneously contemplating whether or not it's worth blowing through your savings to purchase a car. Take a look at some of the highlights:
We have stitched together bystander video and TTC surveillance video to show a blow-by-blow breakdown of what happened in the moments leading up to the arrest. According to a report, these fare inspectors were technically off-duty. For the full video: https://t.co/kfpTl88suK pic.twitter.com/saTrwOucms— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) November 16, 2018
Of course, we would be amiss if we neglected to mention the downright strange folks that travel on the TTC. Though it makes for good entertainment, sightings like these can be awfully distracting and disturbing for the average commuter.
im so easily amused on the ttc 😭 she really thought she was on a swing 😩 pic.twitter.com/gFZGloiv78— trus mi daddi (@_aminay) February 23, 2019
And who can forget when a woman splashed a man with mop water in front of a TTC janitor, and he retaliated by dumping the bucket of dirty water on top of her? Or when a self-proclaimed "social worker" bullied a homeless man on the subway just a few days ago.
Or when a man suddenly started spraying people on the subway with a fire extinguisher for no apparent reason. Good times.
How about when uninvited (but sometimes cute) animal visitors trespass onto TTC property?
Please look at this beautiful woman I saw on the ttc pic.twitter.com/Xb06RKmYJf— David Hume stan account (@madpriestess) March 1, 2019
Just some live crabs riding the TTC because Toronto. pic.twitter.com/9QjUvBPgYC— Alice Moran (@Alice_Moran) May 7, 2018
Overcrowding. 'Nough said.
Ladies if he:— April Engelberg (@AprilEngelberg) November 28, 2018
- leaves you waiting in the cold
- doesn't have space for you
- frustrates you most mornings
He's not your man. He's the King streetcar. #TOpoli #Toronto #ttc #onpoli pic.twitter.com/praIZN8EKg
My commute took over an hour and forty minutes today...here's what St Clair West station's platform looked like. We need to materially invest in the TTC. Now. pic.twitter.com/tdKk6KSto3— Dan Seljak-Byrne (@DanSeljB) January 24, 2019
The ongoing series of transit delays that seem like an inescapable nightmare, reinforcing the notion that TTC actually stands for "Take The Car" - no matter how much TTC drivers "appreciate your patience".
We as #TTC riders know that delays due to 'signal problems' are really due to chronic underfunding. Same with overcrowding. Instead of @TTChelps now I'll be sending these direct to @JohnTory & @JayeRobinson 2 people with the power to change it. pic.twitter.com/ObVFZfOlzi— !PO! (@hungrypo) January 30, 2019
Somehow the TTC's implementation of new tech-savvy system updates causes more problems than they resolve.
The only thing on the TTC you can count on pic.twitter.com/nCOAykXSRK— Amanita Applebum (@threespeedgirl) March 4, 2019
Unexpected conditions have the power to ruin a TTC commuter's entire day in a matter of seconds. Unfortunately for transit riders, whining about how the TTC is at fault for your late arrival to an important work meeting (again) is only so cathartic.
Man with no vital signs after being stabbed in the chest at TTC Kennedy Station on Eglinton Av E. The station is now closed, crowds of people trying to board buses. Victim transported by emergency run. #Toronto pic.twitter.com/9J674dp6em— Jeremy Cohn (@JeremyGlobalTV) October 20, 2018
The unpleasant sights, sounds, and smells of the TTC.
Warning, extremely loud screeching sound. This is what it sounds like at ground level. Clearly harmful excessive noise caused by #TTC and perhaps @NRC_CNRC @NWestoll @JayeRobinson @JohnTory pic.twitter.com/gf28a1c0q3— Tamar Fernandes (@tamarfern) March 1, 2019
Westbound trains into Kipling screeching while braking. Looks like #TTC testing braking and wheel flats while disregarding impact on riders and residents who are incidental victims unethical experiment. Govt gone wrong @JohnTory @JayeRobinson @epdevilla pic.twitter.com/JtRDW7NK5k— Tamar Fernandes (@tamarfern) March 3, 2019
Screeching trains start at 8am Sundays instead of 6am other days. This thread pulls together story of secrets, lies and bad government @cityoftoronto involving #TTC @NWestoll @JohnTory @JayeRobinson @epdevilla pic.twitter.com/EUVBtupZRA— Tamar Fernandes (@tamarfern) March 3, 2019
All. The. Protests. Not that we don't support local TTC employees, union members, or any other group that chooses to publicly advocate. But when it disrupts our commute, it just adds fuel to the fire.
We're at Queen's Park station to make sure that #OURsubway stays in Toronto's hands! The TTC needs more funding, not a provincial takeover that will cause more chaos and delays. @ttcriders pic.twitter.com/4PsTmLUSLN— STAC (@USWSTAC) February 22, 2019
Proud to stand up for our city, our ttc, riders and workers. Call Ford and tell him to stop stealing our subway. We fix the #ttc by funding the #ttc @ATUlocal113 @ttcriders @Peter_Tabuns @maritstiles @BhutilaKarpoche @ChrisGloverMPP @DolyBegum @beyrima @JILLSLASTWORD pic.twitter.com/9ZpgpAEW98February 22, 2019
Watch as a woman blocks a TTC bus during rush hour Friday evening to protest the bus being overcrowded pic.twitter.com/PxShrRM0NQ— Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) November 13, 2017
506 Carlton: Major delays near University Ave Queens Pk Stn due to a protest.— TTC Service Alerts (@TTCnotices) January 25, 2019
504 King: Delays of up to 15 minutes near Bay St due to a protest.— TTC Service Alerts (@TTCnotices) January 8, 2019
Apologies, there is a protest at Bay causing delays to service, route supervisors working on making some adjustments ^TH— TTC Customer Service (@TTChelps) December 5, 2018
In case you forgot, the Toronto Transit Commission was named the "Outstanding Public Transportation System" for 2017 by the American Public Transportation Association.
So, remember this the next time you tolerate a slow and painful ride on the TTC: though the vast majority of Toronto transit users will complain about Toronto's abhorrent transit service, someone somewhere is utterly and completely beguiled by the Red Rocket. And with the 10 cent fare hike planned for April 1st, it seems that the TTC will be once again getting the last laugh.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the views of Narcity Media.