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Toronto has North America's third largest public transit system after New York City and Mexico City. GO Transit moves people in and out of the city, while two airports service the skies above. Toronto gets its water from Lake Ontario, 8th largest fresh-water lake in the world. Above ground or below ground, here are some facts about what's moving around in, on and under Toronto:

  • there are 9,520 different streets or, 5,617 km of road (streets, expressways, ramps and laneways) covering 27.4 per cent of the city's area
  • there are 31,160 street intersections in Toronto
  • the longest street is Lawrence Avenue East at 25 km; the shortest street is Sea Grassway at 9.72 m
  • there are 7100 km of sidewalks
  • 560 bridges
  • there are 2,231 traffic control signals and 165,000 streetlights
  • There are over 1500 named parks situated on over 8000 hectares of land, including trails. These lands comprise approximately 12% of Toronto's land base and include the natural heritage system, publicly accessible open spaces and streetscapes.
  • The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) was established 1921. Today over 1.6 million trips are made on the TTC daily, hitting a record in 2011 with over 500 million annual trips. More facts
  • GO Transit is the interregional public transit for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Get the facts.
  • Toronto is served by VIA Rail, the network that provides all rail service throughout Canada. View some Via facts.
  • Historic Union Station is the hub of Toronto's transportation network. 96 per cent of all GO Train riders pass through its concourse. Learn more.
  • Pearson International Airport is the busiest in Canada, 4th busiest in North America. The Greater Toronto Airports Authority is responsible for air traffic above the Toronto area.
  • North America's largest continuous underground pedestrian system PATH, connects approximately 1200 stores and restaurants, over 50 buildings/office towers, five subway stations, Union Station, six major hotels and several entertainment centres under Toronto's financial core. PATH is also the largest underground shopping complex according to Guinness World Records.
  • Toronto's average annual demand of water per day is 1,264,000,000 million litres - that's more enough to fill the Rogers Centre (formerly Skydome) every day, 365 days a year
  • 18 water pumping stations, 10 water storage reservoirs and 4 filtration plants treat, deliver and hold that water
  • There are more than 10,000 km of sewers (sanitary, combined and storm) under the city and approximately 44,000 water hydrants throughout the city
  • Residential water usage accounts for more than half of all water used in Toronto and the average family of four will pay $747 per year for all water supply and wastewater treatment
  • Toilets are the #1 indoor water users; they account for approximately 30 per cent of the total indoor water used
  • Toronto Police Services has over 5,500 uniformed officers, including the chief. They patrol the city with over 1,300 cars, over 90 motorcycles, over 20 boats and over 25 horses. More police statistics
  • Emergency Medical Services' 851 paramedics respond from 45 stations across Toronto. 108 Emergency Medical Dispatchers take over 315,800 calls yearly (forwarded from 9-1-1)
  • Toronto has an excellent telecommunications infrastructure in terms of access lines with digital switching and advanced signalling technology. Toronto is also located in the largest flat rate calling area in the world, and has the most fibre optic cable of any city in North America.


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