Re-opening of a Ghost Town

The Journal of a Daily Commuter through the Months of a Lockdown in Downtown Toronto
Seen on Line 1 | Shot in iPhone

With edits from Nachiket Jain

Vacant bus stops, a deserted Union Station, and eerie ghost trains running through a usually-bustling Line 1 — needless to say, Toronto is looking very different right now. The closed-off system is haunting compared to its usual commotion, as the last six months have marked the first time the city’s rush hour was clocked by little to no ridership on its subways. Here are six photos of Toronto that show the desolate state that the city’s public transit finds itself in, six months into a global pandemic. Each photo is captured a month apart, while the system starts to show signs of life as riders slowly return for the city’s re-opening, only to be hit back by a potential second wave.

April, 2020

May, 2020

June, 2020

July, 2020

August, 2020

September, 2020

About the Author

By Bhabna Banerjee

Former Editor

Bhabna is an illustrator, designer, and commercial artist from Toronto, Canada. She has a bachelor’s degree in Media Production with a minor in Graphic Design from York University, and works as a multimedia designer for creative agencies and publications based in Canada. Bhabna is passionate about visual storytelling and incorporates this into her illustrations. Beyond that, she loves to dabble in videography, set design, and any new mediums of art she can get her hands on.


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