Six common reactions to the proposal to rename Toronto subway lines
In two weeks, the TTC board will consider
replacing the names of Toronto subway lines with numbers to make things less confusing for tourists and occasional users. If the proposal is accepted, the awkwardly named Yonge–University–Spadina Line will become 1; the Bloor-Danforth Line will be 2; the Scarborough RT will be 3; the Sheppard Line will be 4; and some future line will be 5 (a system that conveniently eliminates the Downtown Relief Line’s nomenclature issues). Unsurprisingly, TTC users and transit enthusiasts feel strongly about the idea. Here, the six main reactions, from tentative enthusiasm to outright mockery.
@LashGroupCA Think a good idea, new users get mixed up on YUS line with south, north etc.
— kim halfyard (@leathercouch) October 7, 2013
@grescoe wayfinding signs in the TTC are shockingly bad. Compact icons for each line can help enable more and clearer signage.
— Jonathan Fuerth (@jfuerth) October 8, 2013
@bryg Seriously?! Looks like someone spent about 5 minutes using Illustrator's basic tools and then said "Done!"
— André Dion (@adion) October 7, 2013
Sooo the TTC wants to use #s instead of names to make Toronto's subway system less confusing. …all 2 lines of it.
— Richie Favalaro (@RichieFavalaro) October 6, 2013
— FetaLovingGreek (@FetaLovingGreek) October 7, 2013
@grescoe Rebranding the subway lines… arranging deck chairs on the Titanic, non?
— Meg Ecclestone (@mjecclestone) October 7, 2013
TTC is renaming our subway lines with numbers because FOUR lines is too confusing. Now I know where the TTC actually spends it's money.
— Nam Nguyen (@nn_hoang) October 8, 2013
— dave meslin (@meslin) October 7, 2013
— videojey (@videojey) October 7, 2013
TTC considering switching from station names to binary numbers: for example, Bathurst station would be '0111010010'
— Jesse Hawken (@jessehawken) October 5, 2013