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Preview the Next Generation of Toronto's Streetcars (Maybe)



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The TTC has launched a website requesting public input on what the next generation of streetcars to operate on Toronto’s streets (and possibly along the new routes of the Transit City LRTs) should look like. Questions include the importance riders give to seating or standing space, accessibility, and automatic stop announcements. You can voice your opinion at www.mynewstreetcar.ca/.

Bombardier is taking advantage of the optimistic atmosphere surrounding the future of streetcars in Toronto to display a public demonstration model of what might be possible for this city. The vehicle, a truncated version of a Minneapolis LRT car, will be on display at various locations over the next week. The dates, times and locations are as follows:

  • Monday, June 25 at Finch Station from noon to 8:00 p.m, one level below the bus terminal.
  • Tuesday, June 26 at Scarborough Centre station, Albert Campbell Square from noon to 8:00 p.m., outside the station entrance
  • Wednesday, June 27 in the Centre Court of Albion Centre (1530 Albion Road between Finch and Kipling) from noon to 8:00 p.m. (Accessed by the 36 A/B Finch West and 45 Kipling buses)
  • Thursday, June 28 at Yonge-Dundas Square from noon to 8:00 p.m.

(Update: Friday, June 22): We have been informed that the LRT mockup will NOT be available at Finch, Scarborough Centre or Albion Centre. To see the mockup, you must come to the Thursday display at Yonge-Dundas Square.

The demonstration model has been shown in Toronto before (a full model is pictured above), as Bombardier has carted this car across the continent to show off to various agencies. It should still be of interest to Torontonians, however, as a possible sign of things to come. It is unfortunate, though, that the model still bears its Minneapolis colours, and Bombardier couldn’t take the time to paint it in a possible CLRV or historic PCC scheme.

There are also unconfirmed rumours that other potential LRT manufacturers may be showing off their wares at this year’s Canadian National Exhibition as the competition to build Toronto’s next generation of streetcars (and possibly the streetcars for Mississauga and Kitchener/Waterloo) heats up. We will keep you posted as details emerge.