About a year ago I played around with the Google Maps API and created a map containing the TTC subway system. It wasn’t intended to be all that useful as the TTC’s own map contains much more information. Still, that didn’t stop my map from rising to the top of the Google rankings for TTC-related searches, resulting in hundreds of visits. A few people sent me emails and comments thanking me for making the map, and it even got a mention in the print version of the June 2006 issue of HUB. I didn’t see much reason for the fuss as the map could have been so much better.
For the past little while I’ve been working on an update, one which makes use of new features in the Google Maps API and which should prove to be even more useful than the TTC’s own system map. This map encompasses not only the subway system, but also the full TTC ride guide, including street car, bus, and train lines. Best of all, the map now has search capability as well as integration with the TTC subway rider efficiency guide. Enjoy.
Many will note, and will no doubt complain, that the map stops just west of the airport and just north of Steeles. I did this to limit the size of the map for bandwidth purposes, and because the lines further north and to the west diverge considerably from the streets on Google’s map. You will notice that even west of the airport the lines diverge. I would have stopped the map further east but felt that I needed to include the airport for the sake of completion. As for those north of Steeles and west of the airport, this is a Toronto transit map. Anything else is just gravy.