204 New Streetcars on the go in Toronto
Toronto commuters will soon benefit from a new fleet of Toronto Transit Commission streetcars thanks to joint investments from the federal, provincial and municipal governments. Officials gathered today to announce the start of service of the first of 204 brand new streetcars scheduled for August 31st, which will eventually replace all vehicles in the current fleet. These vehicles are the first new generation of streetcars in Toronto in 30 years.
“Our Government is proud to invest in transit projects like Toronto Transit Commission’s streetcars. The new streetcars will continue to connect workers with jobs and ensure safe, comfortable travel for residents, and visitors alike. Our Government’s investments through the Gas Tax Fund transfer will continue to generate economic growth and job creation here in Toronto and across Canada for years to come.”
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport and Member of Parliament for Halton (Ontario)
The new low-floor vehicles are fully accessible, larger, and air conditioned. They boast numerous safety and performance improvements, and can comfortably accommodate 68 more passengers than their predecessors. Thanks to the new fleet, passengers will enjoy a quieter, more comfortable ride.
An average of 250,000 riders use the streetcar system each weekday on 11 routes comprising more than 300 kilometres of track. With its increased carrying capacity, the new streetcar fleet will provide the City of Toronto with annual operational savings on high-volume ridership routes for years to come.
The new streetcar has been put through rigorous testing on Toronto streets to ensure that it is 100 per cent safe. Operators have also had extensive training so customers get the great ride they deserve.
The new streetcar has bright, easy-to-reach stop request buttons conveniently located throughout. When the streetcar stops, the driver remotely unlocks the doors. Warning lights and audible chimes let people know when the doors are opening and closing.
Though the operator is physically separated from passengers, you can still see into the cab and communicate with the operator.
The streetcar was specially designed to run on the tight turns and steep hills of Toronto’s existing track.
- Seating: 70
- Standing: 62 (average) & 181 (maximum)
- Length: 30.20 m
- Width: 2.54 m
- Height: 3.84 m
- Weight: 48,200 kg
- Maximum Service Speed: 70 km/h
• The Government of Canada has contributed close to $171 million through the federal Gas Tax Fund for this project.
• The Government of Ontario has contributed close to $416.3 million.
• The City of Toronto is committed to contributing $599.2 million for this project.