Last night, the first of Toronto's new streetcars rode the rails for the first time.
SPOTTED BY: Brad Ross, the TTC’s executive director of corporate communications
WHERE: Bathurst Street
WHEN: Thursday, March 14, around 4:30 a.m.
WHAT: The TTC has been in the process of rolling out its next-generation streetcars for what seems like forever. First we saw the renderings, then we toured an elaborate mockup, then we checked out the first fully functional test vehicle. Last night, that test vehicle was out on Toronto streets for the first time. According to Brad Ross, who took these photos, the run was just a short test drive from the TTC’s Hillcrest Yard, near Bathurst Street and Davenport Road, down to Bathurst Station. The purpose of the test, Ross tells us, was to gauge the streetcar’s basic abilities: traction, braking, turning, propulsion, and clearance under the railway bridge at Dupont Street. The new streetcars aren’t expected to go into service until early 2014.