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The TTC is 100 – Trains, trollies & stamps

Written by catpaw

September 04, 2021

The TTC is 100 and it’s only right to celebrate with a stamp and some statistics. First the stamp.  Well, a couple of stamps from 2004, but the top one with the red logo is shows the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway cars. These are older cars now, slowly being phased out. 

Modern Transit stamps showing different subway trains TTC at 100

Urban transit in Canada


And this is the only stamp I could find. The set is titled “celebrating urban transit and light rail“, issued 2004. by designer Debbie Adams. Given it’s the 100th year, I expected Canada Post to issue something. But no joy for train lovers. 

I spend a lot of time lurking around transit lines. There are a couple of spots you can safely stand and take photos of the tracks & subway cars as they pop up out of their holes. 

TTC Tracks Davisville - TTC at 100

TTC Tracks Davisville from the overpass. These are older train cars slowly being replaced.

 A few (pre-pandemic) fast facts about my personal mode of transportation around Toronto:

  •  there are 75 TTC stations with something like 22 more currently under construction
  • daily ridership 1.69 million passengers. That’s every weekday!
  • 4 subway lines, 10 streetcar routes & about 150 bus routes

It’s a big operation that makes moving around this big city easier. And I’m disappointed there was no stamps to celebrate their 100th. So, I’ll send happy birthday wishes to the TTC on behalf of train & stamp collectors around the world. 

If you’d like to read about the TTC check out View the Vibe’s fun article Then vs. Now: The History of the TTC – The Turn of the Century (



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