Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Streetcar Preview


In November the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) held an open house to show off a mock-up of our new streetcars - not sure when we will see the real ones on the street. A huge tent was erected at one of the transit yards and this model of the front half of a new train was unveiled. The real cars will be 30m long, have more & better seats, bicycle accommodation and air conditioning. What amazed me was the number of people (with cameras) who turned up for the viewing!

19 comments:

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Hmmm, it's a trend... someone else I visited this morning posted about the subways in NYC... nicely caught candid 'street' scene...

Wayne said...

This is a typical looking streetcar. I suppose there will be adjustments to be made on some streets since they're so much longer than the Red Rockets.

Are transit riders welcoming the switch to modern equipment? I gather there is quite a lot of sentimental attachment to the RR. I've only ever used the subway in Toronto.

Jack said...

I don't know what it is replacing, but the new one does look like it will be comfortable.

Paul @ Leeds Daily Photo said...

This looks great. I love traveling by tram, but have to travel to another city to do so, because we lost ours in 1959 and despite promises the city has yet to rediscover the joy of the mode of transport.

jennyfreckles said...

Is a streetcar the same as a tram then? This looks so sleek and smart. A very civilised way to ride.

Deb said...

Bicycle accomodation, how very sensible and dare I say green!

La Principessa Errante said...

Wow - futuristic - love your "street" scene.

hamilton said...

I guess just like trainspotters, there are streetcar spotters who revel in such things.

Lowell said...

I love this! You are sooooo lucky! We have nothing like that here! It looks elegant and fast, sleek and modern!

LĂșcia said...

Very nice design!
The public transport system tell us a lot about the city life, cool, modern and safe. ;-)

Paul in Powell River said...

It's long past time Toronto upgraded the subway - it's the only major North American city that carries most of its passengers on surface tram lines.

Randy said...

Wow this looks alot like the one in Phoenix. I like it better in Red though.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It looks fantastic Red, how exciting for Toronto residents when they come into action for real. Loooove the colours!!

Birdman said...

They do like a comfort machine!

Regina K said...

Wow now that is a streetcar! Cameras are everywhere.

EG Wow said...

Mighty snazzy!

Sharon said...

Very nice looking modern cars!

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