Largest System on the Continent

The Toronto Transit Commission operates by far the most extensive streetcar system in North America.  There are eleven routes, although in some cases two lines have significant stretches of joint running.

Much of the trackage is old-style in-street running.  Four major east-west arteries through downtown have streetcar lines.  Many outbound terminals, and Union Station in center city, are by subway stops along TTC's two older subway lines.  At three locations the streetcars delve underground for the subway transfer. 

This scene is at Spadina Ave. and Queen St. W., in the western fringes of downtown, looking toward part of the city's skyline. Traffic, vehicular and pedestrian, is heavy.  The streetcars on the 501 Queen come every few minutes during the day.