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Scarborough RT puts on party clothes
for its 30th anniversary, March 22

Updated — Wednesday, April 22, 5:18 p.m.

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Photo: TTC

The TTC is undertaking an aggressive vehicle and rail overhaul maintenance plan to improve service reliability along the 3 Scarborough rapid transit line over the next 10 years. Although it celebrating its 30th anniversary, yesterday, Sunday, March 22, the line has reached the end of its designed life expectancy. The TTC will “decommision” — end service — along the line after it opens the Scarborough Subway, which will extend the 2 Bloor - Danforth line further into Scarborough.

To mark the anniversary yesterday, the TTC unveiled two recently overhauled trains which it also newly wrapped with a durable vinyl exterior finish as an alternative to paint and body work. The new blue design ties into the new TTC’s new way-finding approach of numbering rapid transit lines and using colours to help passengers navigate the system.

Over the next few months, TTC crew will also completely make over the interiors of each car, with new finishes on floors and walls and reconfigure the seating to provide better wheelchair access.

The TTC has scheduled several closures for Line 3 this year as it refurbishes the vehicles, tracks and signals for the line and provides more reliable and comfortable service over the next 10 years. It’s closing the line Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 and Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21.

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From the Transit Toronto archives:

  • “The Scarborough Rapid Transit Line” by James Bow, here;
  • “The Scarborough Rapid Transit Extension (1990s Proposal)” by Peter Drost and James Bow, here.
  • “The TTC’s McCowan Yard” by Godfrey Mallion and James Bow, here.
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