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Scene: Toronto’s New Streetcars Roll Out at Last

Hundreds turned up at Spadina Station this weekend to ride the TTC's much-hyped new vehicle.

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WHERE: Spadina Station

WHEN: Sunday, August 31

WHAT: The long-awaited debut of Toronto’s new streetcars. Hundreds of transit enthusiasts cheered as one of the vehicles charged through a banner depicting an old PCC streetcar (to the strains of no less than Metallica’s “Enter Sandman“) and ushered in what TTC CEO Andy Byford called “the start of a new era.” For months the TTC has been touting the new vehicle’s improved accessibility and reliability (among other modern bells and whistles), although riders on this day were more taken by the sheer novelty of the thing—these are, after all, the first new streetcars to ride Toronto’s rails in three decades. The 501 Spadina line is the first to run the new vehicles, which will roll out across the entire system over the next five years.

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