Ontario Helps Unveil New TTC Streetcars
McGuinty Government Improving Public Transit
Ontario helped unveil a new generation of TTC streetcars today, marking another step in the province's plan to help improve transit in Toronto.
The province is helping the TTC purchase 204 new streetcars to replace its current fleet from the late 1970s to the late 1980s. The first three cars will be tested in TTC facilities and on city streets before they're put into regular service in early 2014. Boasting numerous safety and performance improvements, the new low-floor streetcars are fully accessible, air conditioned and energy efficient and can accommodate 68 more passengers than the current streetcars.
PRESTO fare card readers will operate on all streetcar lines once the new fleet is in full service, allowing commuters to travel seamlessly and more conveniently within the TTC and across PRESTO-enabled transit systems in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. PRESTO will operate on all streetcar lines once the new fleet is in full service.Investing in public transit is part of the McGuinty government's plan to strengthen the economy. A strong economy protects the services that mean most to Ontario families -- health care and education.
- The TTC awarded the streetcar manufacturing contract to Bombardier Inc. in Thunder Bay, helping to sustain 1400 jobs at the Thunder Bay plant.
- Since 2003, Ontario has committed more than $4 billion to help improve and expand transit in Toronto, including over $1.175 billion in gas tax funding for transit, up to $172 million for the revitalization of Union Station, $870 million to support the Toronto-York Spadina Subway extension, and up to $416.3 million towards new TTC streetcars. The province is also investing $8.4 billion in Metrolinx Light Rail Transit projects in Toronto.
- TTC’s streetcar network operates 11 routes in Toronto comprising more than 300 kilometres of track, carrying 250,000 riders each weekday.
“Our government’s unprecedented public transit investments continue to make taking transit a better choice for commuters, reducing congestion on our roads and contributing to a better quality of life for Toronto families. These new streetcars are easier to access for riders, can accommodate more passengers and will accept PRESTO.”