The new TTC Streetcar is open for visits!
Click on each image for a closer look!
The TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) expects to take delivery of the first of a new series of streetcars in late 2012. A mock-up of the front half of the new light rail vehicle can now be visited at the following time and dates.
Date: November 12 through 15, 2011
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: 1138 Bathurst Street (TTC Hillcrest Facility)
Getting there by TTC:
Accessible shuttle buses will be running between Bathurst and St. Clair West stations. From Bathurst Station, you can also take the 7 Bathurst Bus northbound and exit at Bridgman Avenue. From St. Clair West Station, use the special shuttle bus (LRV Mock-up Public Display) or visit the trip planner at www.ttc.ca for additional routes. There is no public parking available on the site.
For more information:
To learn more about the new streetcars including lots of photos, click here.
Here are some milestones in the history of the TTC. From horses to electricity to the Red Rocket:
- In 1861, horse drawn streetcars started carrying Toronto customers to their destinations.
- In 1892, the first electric streetcars travelled Church Street.
- The TTC was established in 1921 and the "Peter Witt" streetcar was introduced. Peter Witt streetcars carried passengers until 1963 when the last one was retired.
- In 1938, the first Presidents' Conference Committee ("PCC" or "Red Rocket") streetcars entered service. The last PCC was retired in 1995.
- Our streetcar system got new life when the abandonment program was cancelled in 1972.
- In 1979, the first Canadian Light Rail Vehicles (CLRV) entered service.
- In 1988, the first Articulated Light Rail Vehicles (ALRV) entered service.