On an average business day last year the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) was used for more than 1.6 million fare paying trips. Most of those trips are taken above ground. I made an animation showing the movement of all TTC surface vehicles, both streetcars and buses, last Thursday for a 24 hour period. In the animation, vehicles with an estimated speed above 15 km/h are blue, those that are slower than 5 km/h are red and the ones in between are yellow. It also includes the average speed of the surface fleet and the number of active vehicles.
Watching the animation I was surprised to see that you can still get around pretty well at 3am – I grew up in a city where you were out of luck after 1am until the next morning. It was a little eye opening to see that the TTC moves so many people with only around 1700 vehicles at peak travel times – although given how crowded it is on some of the routes maybe it shouldn’t be. Anyways … enjoy.
- Vehicle speed units in video are being corrected (updated to km/h on Sept 17, 2018).