A Cavalcade of Progress, 1921-1954

In the life of a city as in the life of an individual there are definite milestones. One of the most significant in the history of Toronto was symbolized by a colourful ceremony on September 8th, 1949, when actual construction was started on "Canada's First Subway".

Looking Back

Toronto's first public transportation company was the Williams Omnibus Bus Line, which carried passengers in horse drawn stagecoaches along Yonge Street between the St. Lawrence Market and the Village of Yorkville for sixpence in 1849.


Notable events that shaped the face of public transit in the City of Toronto since 1861.

The TTC story: The first seventy-five years

The following passages are taken from Mike Filey's book titled The TTC Story: The First Seventy-five Years. The book, published by Dundurn Press in 1996, features over one hundred black and white images selected to illustrate the main transit event in each year of the TTC's existence.

Lifeline of Toronto

The TTC produced this video for the 2007 APTA Rail Conference held in Toronto in June, 2007. It highlights our employees’ commitment to ensuring your transit system is efficient, reliable and safe. It also provides a brief look into our future.

Turning 90 - The TTC Since 1921

2011 marks the 90th anniversary of the Toronto Transit Commission as a public service in the City of Toronto. Since 1921, the TTC has carried more than 27 billion riders.