2009 will bring the new TTC subway cars, which will run for up to 35 years after they’re introduced. If you take two 45 minutes trips a day, and half of these trips are on the new cars, you’ll end up spending 9,587 hours on these vehicles. With that in mind, it might be worth your while providing feedback, including your thoughts on the colour scheme, new features, and if you don’t like the name T35A08, you can enter their Name the Train contest.
Beginning tomorrow, riders are invited to see a mock-up train at Davisville station. The most noticeable difference are the gangways allowing passage between each car. Still up for debate is the perimeter seating (i.e. no forward/backward seats – all seats face each other along the edges of the train). Other new features include an electronic display showing the name of the next station and on which side the train doors will open, an active route map using LEDs to highlight the location of the train and the direction the train is traveling, and several new accessibility and safety features. Throughout June and July, the mock-up will be moved around to various terminus stations. See here for viewing times, dates, and locations.
Photo: TTC Vice Chair Adam Giambrone faces the heat as Metro’s In Transit reporter Ed Drass grills him on what exactly those flashing lights are for on the TTC Subway/RT map.