The TTC turned 90 years old today, so I thought I'd put a gift together in honour of our oft-maligned transit provider. The history of public transit in Toronto stretches further back than 1921, of course, but it was that year that a number of independent railway companies came together under the name of the Toronto Transportation Commission (transportation was replaced by "transit" in 1954). According to a press release the TTC sent out today — to my knowledge the only way the Commission has formally marked the event — fares were 7 cents back then.
Wow. But, you know, even after 90 years and some 28 billion riders, there are easy ways to see the TTC's connection with its past, be it via our streetcar system (still around for now), the name of our new subways (a reference to the original red rocket PCC streetcars), the remaining fishbowl buses, or the iconic branding scattered across the city. There's no doubt that Torontonians share a complicated relationship with the TTC, but that's not something to discuss at a birthday party.