On its 30-year birthday, the much-maligned Scarborough Rapid Transit line will finally sport a new look. On Sunday, the six-stop transit line that is often compared to a vintage roller coaster will unveil a redesign on two cars of vehicle 3022.
The cars’ new exterior will match the current line’s blue theme, and the design elements will be in keeping with the recently updated look of the transit agency. The cars will also feature the names of the six SRT station written across the top of the vehicle.
Unlike other transit cars, whose exteriors are designed with bodywork and paint, the redesigned SRT cars will feature a durable vinyl wrap. These wraps will be different from the typical vinyl wrap used for transit advertising campaigns, which are meant to last only around four weeks. The wrap costs about $10,000 per car, according to TTC spokesperson Susan Sperling.
The interior will also be updated in the coming months with new finishes on floors and walls, and seats that will be reconfigured to better accommodate wheelchair access.
The redesign comes at the same time as exterior maintenance and mechanical improvements are extending the SRT cars’ lifespans.
In an email to Torontoist, Sperling wrote that two two-car units will be completed and operational by the summer. From there, the TTC will evaluate to address further retrofits on the SRT line, also known as Line 3. There are no plans to provide colour-based redesigns to other transit lines, where vehicles use multiple lines.