We aim to build a community where those with a unique interest, such as transit, can be in an environment where they feel comfortable expressing that interest. Being your career as a virtual subway operator of the Virtual TTC Academy! Earn virtual dollars and file runs completed with other transit enthusiasts using the train simulator, OpenBVE. Later you may progress into becoming a virtual tower controller.
Q: What is the Virtual TTC Academy and can I use the simulator without being part of it? >>
A: The academy is an online community where members get together to simulate virtual Toronto (TTC) subway operations online at designated times. Our mission is to provide the most realistic environment possible in simulating Toronto subway operations without sacrificing the fun element. We also aim to educate members on concepts used in real world TTC subway operations. You are not required to join the academy to download the simulator. For those wishing to use the simulator offline only can just sign up for a forum account and download the simulator here.
Q: Who joins the Virtual TTC Academy? >>
A: Transit enthusiasts and railfans of all ages from around the world interested in the realistic Toronto subway virtual runs we provide
Q: Is the simulator free to use? Is there a membership fee to join the Virtual TTC Academy? >>
A: The simulator is open source and completely free to download and use. There is no fee to join the Virtual TTC Academy and participate in our runs. All purchases on the website are virtual currency earned from participating in runs.
Q: Is there a minimum amount of runs required per month to remain a member? >>
A: No, you choose when to join runs depending on your availability. However, if you choose to become a tower you must be active within a certain interval to keep your position.
Q: Is the Toronto Transit Commission involved in the Virtual TTC Academy or the simulator? >>
A: We are not associated with the Toronto Transit Commission. However, they know about our work and are supportive of it.
Q: What is TeamSpeak and what do we use it for? >>
A: TeamSpeak is a voice-over-Internet-protocol software like Skype that allows members of the academy to communicate with one another during runs via voice or text. It is available for free here for Windows, Mac and Linux. It is also available for iOS and Android for a few dollars on iTunes and Google Play. Our server address is ttcacademy.t2pfilms.ca and there is no password.
Q: Is a microphone required to join runs? >>
A: No, a microphone is not required. However, it is strongly recommended as it makes communication much easier between the operator and tower and training is much easier with voice.
Q: Is there a minimum age requirement to join runs? >>
Q: How do I start joining runs? >>
A: Before you can join our runs you must complete training on our TeamSpeak server. The easiest way to book a session is to login with the details after signing up and select Book Training. Otherwise email your superintendent or our lead operator to arrange a session.
Once you become a Class 4 operator, you can apply to transfer yards.
Exact details will be provided in your sign up email to begin training as an operator of the Virtual TTC Academy.
Train sets currently active in each yard below. Please note Bloor Danforth runs always use Greenwood trains first no matter which yard you are based out of. Please see the table on the ranks page.
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