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Spotted: Toronto’s Brand-New Streetcars

A vehicle from the TTC's new fleet of streetcars has arrived for testing.

SPOTTED BY: The Junctioneer (who asked us not to use his real name)

WHERE: CPR Lambton Yard

WHEN: Tuesday, September 25, at approximately 7 p.m.

WHAT: First we saw the renderings. A little later, a model we could actually walk through. And now, evidence that they are actually on their way. Yesterday evening, one Toronto resident spotted the first test vehicle from the new fleet of TTC streetcars, at the Canadian Pacific Railway yard at Runnymede Road and Dundas Street West.

The vehicle arrived from Thunder Bay, TTC spokesperson Brad Ross told us by email, and will be moved to the TTC’s Hillcrest Yard soon for a first round of technical tests. Early next year you might spot the car, along with two additional test vehicles which will be arriving here soon, on Toronto streets, for further tests on the road. The new streetcars will enter service in 2014, gradually replacing the current fleet, with a scheduled completion of that process in 2018. We don’t have the final word on which route will be first to get the new vehicles, but Ross said it is “very likely” to be the Spadina 510.

CORRECTION: September 26, 2012, 9:33 AM This post originally stated that the first route to get new streetcars might be the Harbourfront 510 line. The correct name for the route is the Spadina 510. Torontoist regrets the error.

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  • Croc Ography

    This makes me nervous, how will we ever pass these things on the street they are so damn long. I can just imagine the traffic snarls now.

    • Walter Lis

      As for being too long, I guess you were not around when the Peter Witt streetcars rode the rails pulling their trailers, or the PCC streetcar trains on Bloor and Danforth, or later when the PCC streetcar trains ran on Queen Street.

    • vampchick21

      You could try getting out of your car and dropping $3 (or whatever the fare’s going to be) into the fare box. That will clear up lots of traffic snarls and you won’t have to worry about how to pass a vehicle that’s permantely on a set of tracks down the middle of the street. Just sayin.

      • x

        But you ain’t getting rid of them.

    • Morpheus

      You are not stuck in traffic. You are traffic.

  • Walter Lis

    Its already put together? I thought they would have had to attach part A to part B, attach to part C, attach to part D, and then attach to part E. I guess they don’t need to get someone special to come over to help to put it together.