If your bus or streetcar shelter has gotten a visit from the sugar map faeries in the last few months, you’re in for a treat. Those streetcar routes that are lined with gumdrop rights-of-way have been marked by candy cane stripes on the system map!
Many months ago, blogger Graeme Stewart proposed that the TTC start marking streetcar ROWs differently on the black background subway and RT route map (admittedly for the purpose of making our fair network look less paltry). This map update meets that idea halfway: by showing where one can ride a streetcar uninhibited by mixed traffic, this map allows the rider to make choices that may or may not get them to their destination more quickly.
This map update includes marking the Spadina streetcar, the Lakeshore West streetcar, the Queensway and presumably the St. Clair streetcar in the not-so-distant future. One can only speculate if this is how the TTC will mark Toronto’s LRT and BRT routes of tomorrow as we build a transit city.
You can download the new-ish system map and downtown route map on the TTC’s map page.