TTC Subway Hacks the Next Gen Won't Require

TTC Subway Hacks the Next Gen Won't RequireI took my oldest son to the Blue Jays game today, and we rode the subway to Union Station. On the Yonge–University line, both ways, we enjoyed the new Bombardier subway trains, and that got me thinking... This next generation of subway riders will never require the Red Rocket hacks we all knew and loved.

Anyone who has a regular subway route knows exactly where on the platform to board so when you reach your destination the doors open right across from the exit. This was always part of the game. It's a hack we all knew.

But the new subway trains allow you to walk between the cars while inside, so you can enter anywhere and simply walk to where the exit will be. It no longer matters where you board, as you'll see from this pic I snapped earlier today.


And any TTC subway veteran knows which side the doors will open on before you get to the station. All the guesswork has been taken out of the equation as the new subway trains give you the answer. My son will never know that feeling of getting ready to exit only to realize the doors are opening on the opposite side.


The game, by the way, was awesome. Stroman was brilliant and the Jays won. James is happy.


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I like the new trains, but I'm kinda sad they took away the front windows. The driver's compartment is now the entire front, and there's tinted glass. Sitting at the front used to be a joy, watching the insides of the tunnels, seeing the signals-- a whole underground world. Now, anyone riding the train with their kid-- that simple joy is gone.

July 20, 2014 @ 1:22 AM


Isn't this post about 3 years late? Surely this isn't the first time "Toronto" Mike has ridden on the Toronto Rocket?!?

July 20, 2014 @ 9:49 AM

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First time with my son in which we had the discussion that sparked the entry.

July 20, 2014 @ 9:55 AM

Rick C in Oakville

@Lorne. I haven't been on the TTC for a number of years, and as a kid just loved being in the front to see the eerie underground we were traveling through. Too bad.

July 20, 2014 @ 10:54 AM

Blind Dave

Yeah, that front seat was awesome, even for an adult. Haven't been on the TTC since 1999 (*maybe* 2003 when I came back from Sweden for a quick visit but I don't recall if I rode the TTC or not).

July 20, 2014 @ 8:19 PM


I don't know why those trains only run North/South.

They don't run East/West. If I could come up with a half-decent conspiracy theory, I would use it.

July 21, 2014 @ 1:54 PM


Always used your first "hack" when I was younger. West to Jane Stn: 3 car, 3rd door - the escalator will be right there.

July 23, 2014 @ 12:08 PM

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