TTC breaks single-day record with 2.7 million rides during Raptors victory parade

Jun 19 2019, 1:24 pm

Monday marked a historic day in Toronto as millions of fans turned the downtown core into a sea of red as the city came together to celebrate the Raptors first-ever NBA Championship in franchise history.

Following Monday’s festivities, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) says it set a record for single-day ridership—all thanks to the Raptors championship parade.

Toronto’s chief communication officer, Brad Ross, told Daily Hive the city estimates more than 100,000 people were packed in and around Nathan Phillips Square for the celebration on Monday afternoon, and more than one million people attended the parade.

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According to TTC spokesperson Stuard Green, the transit authority registered approximately 2.7 million trips across its network on Monday, about 1.1 million more than an average Monday, which is roughly a 70% ridership increase.

On a typical Monday, the TTC said it sees about 1.6 million people riding its network, which includes subways, buses, and streetcars.

Mayor John Tory says this “appears to be the new one-day ridership record for the TTC.”

With the massive influx of people Monday, the TTC was forced to shut down multiple subway stations, due to overcrowding concerns.

Multiple TTC routes were also diverted to accommodate the parade.