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1966: Bloor-Danforth line on Toronto subway opens to public

The Story

As of Feb. 26, 1966, there's a new option for Toronto transit riders: an east-west subway line running under Bloor Street, joining the two north-south lines. Rather than forcing riders to change trains if they want to continue south, the Toronto Transit Commission is conducting a six-month experiment in which trains alternate between going straight across and turning south at the "Y" where the lines intersect. In this 1966 news special called Rail or Rubber, the CBC looks at the present and future of commuting in Toronto, whether it be by transit, by car, by ferry or by train.   

Medium: Television
Broadcast Date: Feb. 28, 1966
Program: CBC Television News Special: Rails or Rubber
Host: Terry Hargreaves
Reporter: Sheldon Turcott
Guests: Miriam Markoe, William Allen, William Kinehan, Bruce McRitchie, Brian Colling, Alex Mackay, Charles MacNaughton
Duration: 26:25

Did You know?

• The "Y" routing experiment on the Toronto subway was abandoned after a six-month trial period because users found it confusing and it was subject to delays. As a result, a station known as Lower Bay was taken out of service but has remained available as a filming location for TV and film productions and commercials.


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