It’s a weird and somewhat unsettling thrill: That rare moment when you’re underground at Union or St. George Station, about to step onto a train, and your cellphone starts vibrating. These occurrences are almost always fleeting—by the time you dig out your phone, the signal has usually disappeared. But thanks to Ryerson student Connor George, there’s a better way to know if you’ll be able to maintain a conversation or finish sending a text while on the subway. George created a version of the TTC map that shows all above-ground sections where there is cell service.
The map is spotty in most places, but there are a few significant stretches of track for taking phone calls and firing off tweets, such as from Eglinton West to Wilson and Victoria Park to Warden. Since it was posted on Reddit earlier this week, the map has generated a whole pile of comments detailing other magical patches within the system where 3G can apparently penetrate the earth—these will be included on an updated version of the map. And since the TTC will only launch its trial WiFi-equipped station later this year, we’ll have to make do with George’s map to make us feel like a second-class (at best) transit city when it comes to cell service.