TTC-operator-speak translation?
August 23, 2007 9:54 AM   Subscribe

Toronto transit filter: What does "299 St. Clair West" mean?

Myself and my husband must hear this phrase on the (Toronto) subway approaching 10 times a week. I'm guessing the answer is not very interesting, but for the sake of our curiosity, does anyone know what it means?
posted by jamesonandwater to Travel & Transportation around Toronto, ON (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
"299" is a code for an event or a requirement (but I'm not sure what). St. Clair West means the St. Clair Avenue station on the western line.
posted by Dipsomaniac at 10:04 AM on August 23, 2007

Best answer: It's a call for mechanics
posted by easternblot at 10:06 AM on August 23, 2007

Best answer: I just found out about 4: 299 is a call for line mechanics, 143 is a call for the chief supervisor, 722 calls the mechanic team inspecting the tracks, 161 calls route-planning specialists.
posted by Dipsomaniac at 10:07 AM on August 23, 2007

Also, no Dipsomaniac, there is a station called "St Clair West" on the Spadina line-- it's not the western line of the St Clair station, but a different station altogether.
posted by easternblot at 10:08 AM on August 23, 2007

Response by poster: Thanks guys. It (seems to be) always St. Clair West we hear ... I shudder to think why hey need mechanics so often.
posted by jamesonandwater at 10:12 AM on August 23, 2007

The track along St Clair West is currently being rebuilt, so I can imagine all sorts of small mechanical issues happening.
posted by Artful Codger at 10:53 AM on August 23, 2007

Best answer: An extremely complete list of these codes is over at Transit Toronto.
posted by chuma at 10:58 AM on August 23, 2007 [1 favorite]

There's a code for when someone jumps the tracks, too, though it doesn't seem to be in that list.
posted by orange swan at 11:28 AM on August 23, 2007

Not to hijack, but I also have a TTC question:

Why is there water running along some of the TTC streetcar tracks all the time? I'm thinking specifically in the King/Spadina area, along King there always seems to be water flowing down the tracks. Where does it come from? Where is it going? Why is it there?

If I'm hijacking, I'm sorry!
posted by smitt at 11:39 AM on August 23, 2007

The water reduces the godawful squealing noise that streetcars make when they go around corners.
posted by jacquilynne at 11:42 AM on August 23, 2007

Oh, man. Can we get some of that water action in Philly, please?
posted by dmd at 11:55 AM on August 23, 2007

Wow. A couple of lifetimes ago when I lived in Toronto, my boyfriend and I made a little dubby counterpoint out of:

"Ninety-nine. Nine nine, ninety-nine. Ninety-nine, nine nine."


"Attention, subway patrons: we have an emergency situation northbound on the Yonge-University-Spadina line. Emergency crews are on the scene and service is expected to resume shortly."

We'd swap off and work in some interesting vocal rhythms.

I haven't thought about that for years. Thanks, jamesonandwater!
posted by tangerine at 11:56 AM on August 23, 2007

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