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Infrastructure Canada

August 31, 2014 10:30 ET

510 Spadina Line Streetcar First of 204 New Streetcars to Be Rolled Out

Project possible thanks to federal Gas Tax Fund

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 31, 2014) - Infrastructure Canada

The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance today celebrated alongside Toronto residents as the first streetcar of the Toronto Transit Commission's (TTC) new fleet hit the road. The community gathered at the Spadina Station to witness the inaugural rider step aboard.

The streetcar will drive the 510 Spadina line route, marking the first new generation of streetcar in Toronto in 30 years. The new low-floor vehicle is fully accessible, larger, and air conditioned, providing passengers with a quieter, more comfortable ride.

Thanks to federal, provincial and municipal investments 203 more of these state-of the-art streetcars will go into service between now and 2019, replacing the existing fleet vehicles. They boast numerous safety and performance improvements, and can comfortably accommodate 68 more passengers than their predecessors.

TTC's streetcar system carries an average of 250,000 riders 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.

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • The streetcars are Canadian-made by Bombardier in their North Bay plant.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to invest in public transit projects like the upgrading of 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 federal Gas Tax Fund will continue to generate economic growth and job creation here in Toronto and across Canada for years to come."

The Honourable Joe Oliver

Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Eglinton-Lawrence (Ontario)

Associated Links

To learn more about the federal Gas Tax Fund visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html.

For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/plan-eng.html.

To learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada's Economic Action Plan: http://www.eap.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure,
    Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs,
    and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
    for the Regions of Quebec
    613-943-1848

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
    media@infc.gc.ca
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