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5 things we wish the TTC had

Torontonians love to hate on the TTC. From complaints about crowded rush hour subway trains and streetcars to untimely signal delays and incomprehensible transfers, the TTC is a much-maligned service in this city. Yet, many of us maintain a soft-spot for the red rocket and hold out hope for sunnier transit days ahead.

Here are the 5 things we wish the TTC had.

Wi-Fi
Toronto's downtown stations already have free Wi-Fi. And TConnect says all TTC stations will get wireless internet by 2017. While Wi-Fi on subway platforms is great (especially if your train is delayed), we're still stressfully stuck in the Dark Ages once the train starts to move - unless you have Wind Mobile that is.

Automatic Payment
This is one wish that'll soon be granted. That's because the TTC is rolling out the Presto system to all streetcars, buses and subway stations. By some time in 2016, you won't have to fiddle with tokens or loose change, instead, you'll be able to tap-and-pay on any TTC route.

Downtown Relief Line
We've been pining for a downtown Relief Line for years. And if you've ever been to Bloor-Yonge station at rush hour, you'll know why. While the TTC is currently looking at the feasibility of creating such a line, we're hoping that the Liberal win brings with it enough transit money to finally build one.

Time-Based Transfers
Last year, the TTC finally implemented a time-based transfer pilot program along the 512 St. Clair streercar route. The rest of us, on the other hand, are stuck in transfer limbo, unsure of how to use the flimsy slips of paper that line our coat pockets and the bottom of our bags.

24-hour subway service
Many of us would settle for a subway that runs later than last call (and opens earlier than 9:00 a.m. on Sunday), but hey, we can still dream about one that operates 24/7.

When compiling our wish list, we also asked our Twitter followers about what they'd want to see added to the TTC. Here's what they had to say.

Photo by Jason Cook in the blogTO Flickr pool.


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