Lately there’s been more and more attention paid to the TTC and it’s conservative ways. It either doesn’t embrace affection shown towards it (Spacing Subway Buttons, TTC Subway Rider Efficiency Guide), or outright rejects affection (TTC Anagram Map). But have things always been this way? A trip into the past reveals that they might have been worse:
Hearsay: In 1986, the Shuffle Demons requested permission to film a video on a bus for their song Spadina Bus. The TTC denied their request, mainly concerned that the lyrics talked about having to wait for a bus. The Shuffle Demons decided to shoot it anyway, guerrilla style, and it went on to become a popular video on Much Music. The TTC eventually got so angry at the song that they replaced the entire route with streetcars.
Proof: In 1997, a transit rider wrote the TTC explaining that he noticed a tile pattern at Dupont station forming his grandfather’s name. His grandfather had participated in building many of the TTC’s subway stations. Unfortunately, after his grandfather died, he was never told where he was buried, so instead he requested to lay a wreath once a year at Dupont station to honour his memory. The TTC’s response: No, you can’t do it for safety reasons.
Back to the present: something tells me TTC upper management are not going to like this: rumour has it fans are holding a subway party to celebrate the subway’s 52nd birthday.