VIDEO: TTC Unveils New - Longer - Streetcars
They're red and white, shiny and just waiting to hit the streets of Toronto.
The TTC unveiled its new streetcars at the Hillcrest Complex on Bathurst Street on Thursday.
They will carry 68 more people, be lower to the ground and have AC. The larger capacity means they'll be longer, which means the TTC will have to re-evaluate its routes.
TTC Chair Karen Stintz reveals some stops will have to be removed.
"Some of our current stops are actually too close together," Stintz said. "Whereby the front of the streetcar would be at one stop and the back of the streetcar would be close to another stop, which doesn't make any sense."
She can't say how many stops will be affected.
There will also be a transition period for drivers, who will have to get used to the new length and the fact there are more doors for commuters to get on and off from.
City representatives, along with the federal and provincial governments were at the announcement.
The province will be helping the TTC buy 204 new streetcars to replace the current fleet that have been around since the late 1970s.
The first three cars in the TTC's possession will be tested behind closed doors and on city streets before they're put into regular service in early 2014.
Commuters will be able to use the Presto card to pay for fares.