The TTC today officially celebrated 31 billion rides since it was established in 1921.
Long-time Metropass Discount Plan subscriber James White of Toronto was randomly selected to represent the customer who made that 31 billionth trip. The TTC estimates that the 31 billionth trip was made in June.
The TTC continues to set ridership records, providing Toronto residents and visitors with a record 538 million rides in 2016. The TTC expects 2017 to be another record-breaking year.
At the event today, TTC Chair Josh Colle and CEO Andy Byford presented Mr. White with a year’s worth of complimentary monthly passes.
"I am pleased to celebrate this milestone in TTC's history as we surpass the 31 billion ride mark," said TTC Chair Josh Colle, "It is an exciting time for transit in Toronto with a new subway extension opening this year and the ongoing modernization of the entire TTC network."
TTC Ridership Facts
- The TTC has the third largest ridership rate in all of North America – after Mexico City and New York City
- TTC ridership has increased each year for the last 13 years
- With 1.7 million customers on an average weekday, the TTC maintains a cost-recovery rate of more than 70 per cent – one of the highest on the continent
- Nearly 85 per cent of all local transit trips in the GTA are made on the TTC
The TTC recently announced that it has been named Outstanding Public Transportation System for 2017 by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).