TTC Income by Route
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is an organization with a consistent money-generating issue. It relies heavily on public funding for it to operate--therefore, it is useful to look at which TTC routes are more profitable than others. A report released in 2012 shared information related to the usage of TTC surface routes (streetcar + bus) that can be found here. The Daily Gross Income graph visualizes the 15 most and least profitable TTC surface routes. It is calculated by taking the daily usage of the route (Customers per day, Mon - Fri), multiplying this amount by the fare ($3.00), and subtracting the cost of operation per day (Cost per day, Mon - Fri). It assumes every user of the TTC is paying $3.00 and ignores capital costs, but the data summary is interesting! Overall, the majority of streetcars (7 of 11) have a high daily gross income and 6 of the 15 most profitable routes are streetcars. One of the most surprising finds is that the 107 Keele North, which almost completely emulates the route of the proposed Spadina Subway Extension, is the second lowest earner of all TTC surface routes.
Below, the TTC routes with the highest and lowest profits are mapped. It appears the surface routes with the most bizzare paths (i.e. don't connect to Subway Station, niche industrial areas, special purpose) are usually the least profitable. Routes with long linear paths are usually the most profitable.