Toronto Transit Commission

Toronto Transit Commission

June 14, 2007 08:19 ET

TTC: Next-Generation, Fully-Accessible Streetcars for Toronto-Begins Today

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 14, 2007) - The Toronto Transit Commission - long known as a world leader in the provision of efficient, attractive public transit - will today start the process of bringing the very best light rail vehicles to Toronto to secure this city's future in long-term environmentally-sustainable transportation.

Torontonians love their streetcars! The TTC currently operates eleven streetcar routes, which stretch over 86 kilometres in length, and carry about 45 million passengers per year. The streetcar routes include the busiest of all of the TTC's services. The TTC's streetcar fleet, however, is approaching the end of its 30-year design life and must be replaced. The TTC's Transit City Light Rail Plan calls for the construction of 120 kilometres of new light rail lines, criss-crossing the city, to bring the quiet, smooth, comfortable, and environmentally-sustainable benefits of streetcar services to all parts of Toronto.

To get Transit City underway and to ensure that the TTC's very-popular existing streetcar routes continue to operate into the future, the TTC is starting the process of acquiring new light rail vehicles for Toronto. The TTC is searching the world to find the very best new-technology, environmentally-friendly, fully-accessible, modern light rail vehicles for Toronto. TTC Chair Adam Giambrone said, "We've just started discussions with the world's leading manufacturers of light rail vehicles but before we can go any further, we want to hear from Torontonians what they want in their next generation of streetcars. And to do that, we are launching a new, interactive website and will be hosting a series of open houses. On-line or in person, everyone will have the opportunity to see for themselves the latest designs from around the world and to provide their own personal advice on Toronto's next generation of streetcars. And the website has accessibility features for people with varying degrees of visual impairment."

The public is invited to get involved regarding Toronto's next generation of streetcars at the website address, which will be announced, along with the New Streetcar Open House dates, at this morning's media event, at 10:30 at the Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road. The locations are Finch Subway Station, Scarborough Centre RT Station, Albion Centre and Yonge-Dundas Square.

Contact Information

  • Toronto Transit Commission
    Marilyn Bolton
    Media Relations
    (416) 393-3741