Today, the TTC celebrated 31 billion rides since it was established in 1921.
James White, a long-time Metropass holder, was randomly selected as the customer to make the 31 billionth trip.
“I am pleased to celebrate this milestone in TTC’s history as we surpass the 31 billion ride mark,” said TTC Chair Josh Colle in a released. “It is an exciting time for transit in Toronto with a new subway extension opening this year and the ongoing modernization of the entire TTC network.”
The TTC estimates that the actual 31 billionth trip was made sometime in June.
Toronto’s transit commission has the third largest ridership rate in North America, after Mexico City and New York City. It was also named Outstanding Public Transportation System for 2017 by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
This year, the City budget gave the TTC an additional $80 million which will continue the rollout of PRESTO across the system, open the York-Spadina subway extension by the end of the year, give enhanced power to Transit Enforcement Officers to help keep traffic moving, and buy 783 new buses.