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Missed subway proves lucky

KEVIN MCGRAN
TRANSPORTATION REPORTER

The first time Mouris Moussa took the subway — July 17, 1993 — he and his wife got separated on their way to the CN Tower, where they were to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary.

When Moussa got on the TTC yesterday, he did so as the transit service’s 25 billionth passenger.

Moussa and his wife, Anritte Hanna, had just arrived from Egypt less than a month before that fateful trip 12 years ago.

The story of that trip — the separation and subsequent reunion due to a quick-thinking Toronto Transit Commission employee — was deemed one of the 25 best from among 2,000 entrants in a contest to name an official “25 billionth passenger” since the opening of the system in 1921.

Moussa’s name was chosen in a random draw at the Eglinton station as the grand-prize winner of a first-class VIA Rail trip for two to any Canadian destination, a free TTC Metropass each month for one year and a TTC leather varsity-style jacket.

His story, as told in his contest entry, reads:

“Me and my wife were seniors, new immigrants to CANADA. Our first ride to Union station from Sheppard was by the subway. My wife catched last car but I missed the subway.

“One of the employees of the TTC watched my very bad situation. Quickly he contacted the subway driver and took me with his car to Eglinton station where my wife was waiting (for) me. I never forget this kind help from them.”

The TTC carries 1 billion passengers every 30 months. The 25 finalists each received a TTC sling pack, a Corgi model collector streetcar, a T-shirt, a spring jacket and a thermal travel mug.




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