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TTC helps say "good-bye" to CLRV cars
with "A Streetcar Named Toronto"

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In partnership with CityFund, the TTC is celebrating the upcoming retirement of its fleet of Canadian Light Rail Vehicle (CLRV) streetcars with “a public art takeover”, which it’s dubbing “A Streetcar Named Toronto.”

The TTC says, “Unique to this city, these streetcars have shaped our urban landscape. As a thank you to the city, we’ve transformed [one] CLRV as a vehicle for rejuvenation, a flash of colour on the street and a soothing space to contemplate an era gone by.”

The vehicle, #4178, operates along the 506 Carlton route Mondays to Fridays. It operates, at times, along the 501 Queen route Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. During Nuit Blanche, overnight Saturday, October 5 / Sunday, October 6, it will appear along the 511 Bathurst route.


The artists:

  • Jacquie Comrie, streetcar exterior;
  • Nicole Beno, interior ceiling;
  • Ryan Van Der Hout, advertising space;
  • Suanne McGregor, textiles and lighting; and
  • Chris Perez, rear ceiling and floor.

The TTC launched “A Streetcar Named Toronto” during a community event at Roncesvalles Carhouse Saturday, September 28, from 1 until 4 p.m. The event included a barbecue, benefitting the United Way of Greater Toronto.


From the Transit Toronto archives, read:

  • “The Canadian Light Rail Vehicles (The CLRVs)” by James Bow, here; and
  • “Twilight of the CLRVs/ALRVs” by James Bow, with additional text by Jelo Gutierrez Cantos, here.

You can find more information about the project and photographs elsewhere on our website here.

You can find the official website of A Streetcar Named Toronto here:

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