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Scene: A Vintage Streetcar Says Thank You

This past weekend, riders were treated to free trips on one of the TTC's older vehicles.

WHERE: Between Woodbine and Bingham Loops

WHEN: March 30, 2014

WHAT: People enjoying free rides on a vintage Presidents Conference Committee (PCC) streetcar. Last year, east-end transit routines were disrupted for six months while streetcar tracks were rebuilt along Kingston Road. On Sunday, the TTC offered complimentary rides on a classic TTC vehicle to thank residents and local businesses for their patience.

PCCs were a common sight on the street of Toronto from 1938 to 1995. At one point, the city was home to the largest fleet of PCCs in the world—745 cars.

Comments

  • Dinah Might

    Wow, I didn’t know they had LRTs back in 1938!!
    :-)

    • wklis

      Boston was North America’s first subway in 1897 that used streetcars, now light rail.

      • Dinah Might

        #tryingtomakeajokeabouthowcertainpeopleconfusestreetcarswithLRT

  • bjhtn

    Another fun fact: as recently as 1964, streetcars ran on average every 86 seconds on this part of Kingston Road during rush hour, and every 5 to 6 minutes at all other times.

    http://transit.toronto.on.ca/archives/reports/19640107-service-summary.pdf

    Thanks for sharing the pics.

  • iSkyscraper

    Unfortunately Toronto only has two of these PCC’s now since some genius decided to sell the entire fleet in the late 1990s to freaking Kenosha, Wisconsin (and other places) rather than hold onto them for a San Francisco or Melbourne style heritage “circle line” around the downtown. Fully restored, fully operational PCC’s junked because of yet another case of unbelievable short-sightedness at the TTC.

    Idiots.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streetcars_in_Kenosha,_Wisconsin

    • Canadianskeezix

      To be fair, at the time the Harris Tories were slashing funding for transit. The decision had less to do with “short-sightedness” and more to do with being forced to make really tough choices to keep their vehicles running. Paying the costs associated with “holding onto” part of the fleet of PCCs, foregoing the dollars associated with selling the cars, and even publicly discussing a potential heritage circle line, would have gone over really badly both with most transit riders and residents overall in that climate.

  • Steve Munro

    The TTC plans to get regular PCC roll signs from the museum at Rockwood and switch back to the “proper” signs from the permanent “Harbourfront” one.