'This is so embarrassing': TTC's 96-second tribute to Queen Elizabeth draws frustration, mockery from jaded riders

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The Toronto Transit Commission with pause service in the city on Monday in honour of the late Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images)
The Toronto Transit Commission with pause service in the city on Monday in honour of the late Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Toronto's transit operator will pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II on Monday by temporarily pausing service in the city.

At 1 p.m. on Sept. 15, all subway trains, buses, streetcars and Wheel-Trans vehicles of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) will stop for 96 seconds in a show of respect to the Queen, who died last Thursday at 96-years-old.

During that time, the TTC will also suspend subway station announcements and social media posts since that time will coincide with the British monarch's state funeral at London's Westminster Abbey.

"All service will resume immediately following the 96-second pause, the TTC said.

On top of the TTC's pause in service, the City of Toronto also announced that city ferries will pause for 96 seconds while also sounding their horns at the start and end of the tribute. The bell at Toronto's Old City Hall tower will also toll 96 times, once every minute starting at 1 p.m.

Earlier this week, the Government of Canada declared Sept. 19 a holiday for federal government employees. Ontario Premier Doug Ford also announced that people in the province would mark the occasion "as a provincial Day of Mourning in lieu of a provincial holiday."

On social media, people questioned the TTC's decision to carry out a moment of silence, with many voicing their concerns over the delay.