A Roundup Of The Most Cringe-Worthy Sightings On The TTC In Toronto Recently

A collection of Toronto's TTC sightings, incidents and memorable moments that you wish you could forget.
A Roundup Of The Most Cringe-Worthy Sightings On The TTC In Toronto Recently

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:

READ ALSO: A Toronto Man Terrorized Commuters By Swinging An Axe On The Subway This Morning

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/kfpTl88suKpic.twitter.com/saTrwOucms

November 16, 2018

#ttc employees just finish their smoke break, please note the #nosmoking sign at the right . At Don Mills station. I wasn't aware the rules don't apply to your employees . pic.twitter.com/LT1L4k70Wv

February 27, 2019

#ttc#lenient416 just wondering what to do with people like her? pic.twitter.com/ahkHjRZOtR

February 27, 2019

People just don't care. It is a waste of money these educational campaigns. #TTCpic.twitter.com/RmIGRpnSrx

March 3, 2019

Folks on the #ttc who believe their bags deserve a space while others wait outside in the freezing cold....i just wanna push them out 😡🤬😡 pic.twitter.com/Ncip8yHpVm

March 1, 2019

ZERO common courtesy on the #TTC won't move her bag for anyone pic.twitter.com/lAsKpz9zOT

March 1, 2019

Ppl who think its cool to listen to music on speaker 🤣😂..... #ttc#music#soundpic.twitter.com/ciuFW3RYxA

February 28, 2019

Please don't do this on the #TTChttps://t.co/V4ek7V4CoP#Torontopic.twitter.com/saJKtPAnOL

August 30, 2018

A #TTC rider was caught on camera screaming racist slurs https://t.co/1PPxHSfCos#Torontopic.twitter.com/wyd93WMbjq

July 30, 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.

@CP24Breakfast Inhaling Axe deodorant on a TTC bus Monday, 25th Feb at 9:30 PM pic.twitter.com/dUNxbnlRkg

February 26, 2019

im so easily amused on the ttc 😭 she really thought she was on a swing 😩 pic.twitter.com/gFZGloiv78

February 23, 2019

Someone carried an axe into the Spadina subway station today and was later arrested by Toronto police #TTC#Torontopic.twitter.com/MAZPkFOkh2

December 12, 2018

Some just got their haircut on a #TTC subway #Torontopic.twitter.com/XHrbMe51UC

July 28, 2018

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?

Someone just found a bed bug on a #TTC subway seat https://t.co/7RTaxaecCR#Torontopic.twitter.com/BOv9zgxPGG

March 1, 2019

Please look at this beautiful woman I saw on the ttc pic.twitter.com/Xb06RKmYJf

March 1, 2019

You’ve heard of a Homing Pigeon? Well here is a Commuting pigeon. #Line2#TTCpic.twitter.com/9etmegoYpw

January 14, 2019

Just some live crabs riding the TTC because Toronto. pic.twitter.com/9QjUvBPgYC

May 7, 2018

Overcrowding. 'Nough said.

Didn’t get your morning snuggles? Don’t worry, we got u fam #ttc#toronto#TOpolipic.twitter.com/k2dzVCQNP2

January 22, 2019

Ladies if he:- leaves you waiting in the cold- doesn't have space for you- frustrates you most morningsHe's not your man. He's the King streetcar. #TOpoli#Toronto#ttc#onpolipic.twitter.com/praIZN8EKg

November 28, 2018

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

January 24, 2019

#ChristieStation with two trains uploading to a dangerously full platform #TTCpic.twitter.com/UCBcr5kvGt

February 27, 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".

Nothing can ruin your plans, mood, day, faster than the Toronto TTC Just a horrible experience day in day out 😭 #toronto#ttc#stresspic.twitter.com/BTuXo6eUIJ

February 28, 2019

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

January 30, 2019

When a delay at York Mills can break the back of the #TTC, we thank our lucky stars the Relief Line being done in 2029 guarantees us at least 10 more years of fun pic.twitter.com/oOG8eQ5v8Y

January 21, 2019

TTC line 3 has been shut down tonight, with many passengers waiting hours for the shuttle buses to get them home @CBCToronto#onstormpic.twitter.com/EMX1UG0ufQ

January 29, 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

March 4, 2019

#rushhour on the #TTC 🤦‍♂️ (p.s. we all know you try but so much lost revenue!) @TTCnotices@TTChelpspic.twitter.com/fGLjAHSMkK

March 1, 2019

Via Reddit/lucasteng123456

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.

Like when a TTC bus got jammed inside the tunnel at Warden Station.

Oops. @CityNews@TTCnoticespic.twitter.com/KA4pzpfHGE

May 23, 2018

Things aren’t looking too good for the Main 64. #ttc#snowTOpic.twitter.com/UGo2wp8e7f

February 27, 2019

A sinkhole in Toronto’s Port Lands slowly swallowed a TTC supervisor’s vehicle this morning. Read the full story here: https://t.co/qmcuOiZ2nEpic.twitter.com/LhlOKJCGeM

October 30, 2018

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. #Torontopic.twitter.com/9J674dp6em

October 20, 2018

The high winds have resulted in a mattress on the subway tracks at Rosedale station. That's a new one. #TTCpic.twitter.com/6VeBa71ggI

May 4, 2018

The unpleasant sights, sounds, and smells of the TTC.

Via Reddit/punannimaster

Via Reddit/MyTorontoAccount

A mouse was spotted inside a patty store at a #TTC subway station https://t.co/lIKZlNVm2o#Torontopic.twitter.com/1SEiasVjVu

October 11, 2018

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 ⁦@JohnTorypic.twitter.com/gf28a1c0q3

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 ⁦@epdevillapic.twitter.com/JtRDW7NK5k

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@epdevillapic.twitter.com/EUVBtupZRA

March 3, 2019

READ ALSO: The TTC Is Shutting Down Their Main Subway Line Almost Every Night This Week

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. @ttcriderspic.twitter.com/4PsTmLUSLN

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@JILLSLASTWORDpic.twitter.com/9ZpgpAEW98

February 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

November 13, 2017

506 Carlton: Major delays near University Ave Queens Pk Stn due to a protest.

January 25, 2019

504 King: Delays of up to 15 minutes near Bay St due to a protest.

January 8, 2019

Apologies, there is a protest at Bay causing delays to service, route supervisors working on making some adjustments ^TH

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.

Your #TTC has been awarded Transit System of the Year for 2017 by @APTA_Transit! Congrats to all! pic.twitter.com/eQdy7ZWZj4

June 26, 2017

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the views of Narcity Media.

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