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Looking inside McCowan Carhouse: TTC tour, June 11

If you missed yesterday’s Doors Open event when the TTC allowed visitors a rare opportunity to peek inside the McCowan Carhouse, the TTC’s giving you a second chance. On Saturday, June 11, it’s conducting another tour of the maintenance facility for the rapid transit vehicles operating along the 3 Scarborough RT line. Forty employees perform corrective, preventive and running maintenance on the fleet of 28 vehicles. They also clean and service every car every day.

The tour takes place at 10 a.m.

You need to register in advance to take the tour, but you must pay cash at the door. Space is limited to just 20 people, so you should arrive early. Meet the guide at the gatehouse. You must bring a valid photo ID card.

The TTC is conducting another tour of the carhouse later this year and McCowan is also one of the sites that TTC is opening to the public during this weekend’s Doors Open Toronto event. It has also scheduled tours of other TTC facilities.

Getting there by transit

  • Ride the 3 Scarborough RT to Scarborough Centre Station.
  • Transfer to eastbound buses operating along the 133 Neilson or 38 Highland Creek routes.
  • Exit at McCowan and Ellesmere Roads.
  • Walk one block east on Ellesmere Rd, north side to the McCowan Carhouse.

From the Transit Toronto archives, read:

  • “McCowan RT Yard” by James Bow and Godfrey Mallion, here.

Register before the tour

You must register before the tour by e-mailing: Staff accept registrations on a “first-come, first-serve” basis, but they will confirm your registration within five business days. When you register, please include the name, date of birth, address and telephone number for everyone that you’re registering.

Pay cash only on the day of the tour

You can only join the tour, after registering, by paying cash. (No credit or debit cards.) The cost is $15 for each person 13 years or older and $5 for each person 12 years or younger.

Bring photo ID cards on the day of the tour

The TTC requires everyone to show a valid photo identification card on the day of the tour. They’ll accept:

  • valid driver’s licenses;
  • passports;
  • provincial health cards with photo;
  • permanent resident cards
  • citizenship cards
  • aboriginal identification cards
  • age of majority cards.
More tours of McCowan Carhouse

The TTC has scheduled another tour of the carhouse at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 8 at 10 a.m. You can also visit McCowan Carhouse during Doors Open Toronto.

Tours of other facilities

Throughout the year, the TTC has scheduled tours of other TTC facilities, including Lower Bay Station, Greenwood Shops, Harvey Shops, Lakeshore Garage, the TTC’s Operations Training Centre and Russell Carhouse.

You can find out more about the tours here.