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New batch of fake TTC notices is bringing joy to commuters around Toronto

While notices announcing TTC detours and other service interruptions on various routes in Toronto are certainly not uncommon, there is a very special edition of these oft-overlooked signs that, when they are actually noticed, are bringing smiles to the face of frustrated commuters.

A double take is definitely warranted when encountering what could be considered a series of guerilla art installations by resident and author Shari Kasman, who has just released a brand new spate of spoof transit signs that have been appearing all around the city for a few months now.

Her latest information sheets, which were affixed to posts and bus shelters around a number of transit stops this past week, address the construction of the Ontario Line subway that has left the busiest intersection on Queen Street West closed for the next four-and-a-half years, at least.

The sheets — of which there are ten different versions — start with hilarious titles like "Route Change Due To We Thought You Wouldn't Notice," "Route Change Due To Desire To Cause Confusion," and "Route Change Due to Trying to Be A World Class City," followed by the very apt subtitle "Building A New Subway Line Makes Things Inconvenient."

They look almost as official as the actual posters from the TTC, aside from the illustration of the route detour, which the creator clearly had a lot of fun with, adding squiggles, loops and off-road excursions to the real maps.

And despite that the posters were made all in good fun, they do include very helpful information about TTC's recent route changes, which Kasman feels she has rewritten to be more clear (along with being far more entertaining).

"I find the text on the TTC's version very difficult to follow. Also, their map is not as straightforward as it could be," she says.

"I mean, I clearly added a bit to the bus route, but that's just to indicate that perhaps the bus will go elsewhere — since buses aren't running on tracks, they could really go anywhere! Plus, it feels a little like you're going on a little adventure with the route diversion."

Originally inspired by what she calls the TTC's "ineffective communication strategy," the transitgoer aims to help the public better understand what is actually going on with these adjustments, which can be confounding, to say the least.

"Plus, I hope people are amused by the signs. It can be very frustrating waiting at the streetcar/bus stop when you're not sure what's going on," she continues.

"With my signs, a person could find out what's happening while also having a bit of a laugh."

Lead photo by

Shari Kasman

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