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TTC breaks record with 2.7 million rides on Raptors celebration day

Last Updated Jun 18, 2019 at 6:17 pm EDT

Crowds seen at King Station during the Raptors parade after Queen, Dundas and Osgoode stations were closed due to overcrowding on June 17, 2019. CITYNEWS/Dilshad Burman

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) set a record for single-day ridership — all thanks to Monday’s Raptors championship parade.

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

Estimates from the agency said this Monday’s ridership hit about 2.7 million — a roughly 70 per cent ridership bump.

The previous ridership record was set in 2002 during Pope John Paul II’s visit, when about 2 million people rode the transit system.

 

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

At one point the TTC cut power to the overhead streetcar lines downtown “due to unsafe behaviour and people climbing TTC infrastructure.”

Metrolinx also had it’s fair share of overcrowding, with train after train packed to capacity leading to customer frustration.

However, on Monday Metrolinx spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins said they were well prepared for the parade crowds.

“Like the rest of the city, we were planning for an uncertain number of people — but planning for up to two million — so it looks like that’s what we got. And what it’s resulted in is an unprecedented day for us,” she said.

Spokesman Scott Money added it was simply not possible to increase service beyond the amount already added.

“It’s next to impossible for us to run any more trains than there already are. The tracks and Union Station in particular are at capacity at rush hour.”

He added that during off peak hours of the day, extra trains were put into service.