Ontario Funds New Streetcars In Toronto

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Ontario Funds New Streetcars In Toronto

Ministry of Transportation

The Ontario government is committing $416.3 million to support the City of Toronto's purchase of 204 replacement streetcars. 

Funding for the first two years of the project will come from the Province's Infrastructure Stimulus Fund - with future years' payments built into the Province's long-term capital plan. 

New streetcars will be built at Bombardier Transportation Inc in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The new streetcars will:

  • Enable TTC to acquire a single fleet of articulated low floor LRVs with common technology and operating characteristics and reduced operating costs
  • Improve the efficiency and reliability of the TTC streetcar fleet, since existing streetcars are at, or nearing, the end of their 30-year life
  • Improve accessibility - new streetcars will be 100 per cent low floor with no steps, onto or within the streetcar
  • Increase capacity, as new streetcars are larger, more comfortable and can carry 200-270 transit riders - up from 132 passengers for non-articulated streetcars
  • Improve energy efficiency as the new streetcars will use 10-20 per cent less power than the existing streetcars.

The first streetcars will be in service in 2012.

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