A TTC Map With Streetcars
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A TTC Map With Streetcars

That little black map on the back of TTC system maps is woefully inadequate. The map currently only shows Toronto’s subway stops and the RT which don’t even come close to covering the city’s vast area. Graeme Stewart on Reading Toronto proposes that the system redesign the map to include streetcars.

“Toronto has North America’s largest streetcar network. The network itself is perhaps the urban gesture which best describes the City, at least downtown.”

His maps (one of them is shown here) would include the city’s many streetcar lines and other modes of transit. As a representation it would give the everyday user a better idea of just how expansive our system actually is.

Many cities have been successful representing their systems as an integrated network. For example, Paris shows it’s Metro with the RER, as does Montreal. Berlin pairs the U-Bahn with S-Bahn as well as light rail, and Stuttgart its subway with trams. If we adopt this ‘system’ approach to representation, Transit in Toronto suddenly looks like something to be proud of.

Graeme, we couldn’t agree more. More importantly, TTC are you listening?