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Byford takes on the Big Apple: how the TTC compares to the MTA

Last Updated Nov 21, 2017 at 2:59 pm EST

TTC chief executive officer Andy Byford speaks at a news conference in Toronto on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Byford is leaving his post to take a job as president and CEO of New York City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

His bags are packed and he’s ready to go – TTC CEO Andy Byford announced his resignation in a press conference on Tuesday morning.

Byford is heading to the bright lights of New York City, saying he was offered and has accepted the post of President and CEO of the massive transit system.

Earlier this year the American Public Transportation Association awarded the TTC the honour of Outstanding Transit System of the Year – an award many Torontonians might scoff at given the scale of the TTC compared with other major metropolitan centres – especially Byford’s new home, New York City.

So how does Byford’s ex-employer stack up against his new one? A quick comparison of the subway maps of the two cities should give you a fair idea of what he signed up for.

These are the TTC subway routes:

TTC Subway map by CityNewsToronto on Scribd


And these are the MTA subway routes:

MTA Subway map by CityNewsToronto on Scribd


A side-by-side comparison of the TTC and MTA:

TTC vs MTA by the numbers
How does Toronto’s TTC stack up against New York City’s MTA?

Source: TTC.ca, MTA.info