Building Storeys: Subways
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Building Storeys: Subways

Moving Torontonians in red or silver trains since 1954.

Every year, Heritage Toronto works with local photographers to create Building Storeys, a visual documentation and anecdotal exhibit of our city’s heritage sites. This year’s exhibit—which is on view at the Steam Whistle Roundhouse throughout the month of May—is dedicated to rail and marine transportation. Over the month, Torontoist and Heritage Toronto are exploring the context for Building Storeys; today we look at Toronto’s subway system and its riders, stations, and trains.

Building Storeys
Steam Whistle Brewing (The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Boulevard)
May 3–31

Ever since Ontario Premier Leslie Frost and Toronto Mayor Allan Lamport threw the switch that officially launched the Yonge line on March 30, 1954, Torontonians have relied on our subway system to get around town. Debates concerning overcapacity and how the system should be extended began almost immediately. They rage on to this day. Love it or hate it, there’s little doubt the subway is one of Toronto’s landmarks.

Click through the gallery to read a few things people have said about our subways over the years.