Someone Keeps ‘Surfing’ Toronto Subway Trains And Their Videos Are Terrifying
A brand new YouTube account that features mysterious daredevils jumping atop moving TTC vehicles, scaling tall construction cranes and squeezing through abandoned subway tunnels has Torontonians worried that someone don’t get hurt.
Although not the first account of its kind, Toronto Climbs has posted a prolific amount of stunt content on YouTube in its three weeks of existence, so much so that it prompted a blog reader TO to reach out with topical advice.
The reader was concerned after witnessing “multiple incidents of TTC tunnel trespassing” recently as well as a trend of “dangerous ‘train surfing’ incidents” posted on YouTube.
“These people are posting stunts that can lead to death,” the tipster wrote with undeniable accuracy, echoing comments from others in the city following the posting of similar terrifying videos on public transport.
A video posted to the Toronto Climbs account just two days ago shows someone exiting the back door of a high-speed TTC subway car on Line 2. The person, whose face is not seen , continue climbing to the top of the subway train and look around for a bit before getting back down into the car.
The third part of the subway surfing series shows at least two people (one of them filming) suspended from the back of a subway train as it moves from station to station.
In other videos shot on TTC property, we see several people exploring subway tunnels and off-limits parts of the transit system (including the Lower Bay station).
Almost all of these videos end the same way, with a group of teenagers running frantically out of a subway station.
TTC spokesman Stuart Green said the commission was aware of these “‘urban adventurers’ documenting incredibly dangerous and misguided stunts”.
“These acts are at best illegal and punishable for trespassing — and at worst fatal,” Green told blogTO this week. “Apart from the obvious inherent security risks, they can also lead to service delays, inconveniencing our customers. We are investigating all incidents of which we are aware, including using video footage to identify suspects.”
What is perhaps most concerning is that these are not isolated incidents. Last year, someone posted a similar video of himself on the back of a subway train at speeds of up to 88 km/h, and teenagers filmed themselves in the same way exploring abandoned and active subway tunnels for TikTok in recent years.
Descending to track level on a TTC subway line for any reason is considered trespassing and results in a potential fine of up to $5,000.
Nothing on this particular account suggests its stars have been spotted on the TTC yet, though one video in which a stuntman climbs into a condo under construction near Highway 427 and Eva Road is titled “ALMOST TAKEN BY FIREFIGHTERS CLIMBING INTO THE BUILDING”.
If the subway surf videos don’t make your palms sweat, the crane and condo building clips (of which there are just as many) surely will.
They also scaled strip malls, high schools, elementary schools, and a car dealership, which, while still illegal, seems far less dangerous than scaling a massive crane in downtown Toronto.
You have to give them points for their bravery… although those points won’t mean much if they fall or get run over by a train.