New TTC streetcar debuts on Spadina

The longer streetcars have been running on the Spadina line since 10 a.m. Sunday

You've heard a lot of about the new TTC streetcars that are going to be rolled out on Toronto streets, and on Sunday, the first one will hit the road.

The new cars will begin running on the Spadina line at 10 a.m.

The new Bombardier-built streetcars are almost twice as long as the TTC's current standard-length unit. Each train is made up of five cars.

WATCH: What it's like to ride the new TTC streetcar

There will be a new way to validate your fare as well. Instead of going to the driver, passengers will use a ride vending machine or a ticket validator when they board.

The proof-of-payment stubs are what you would use as a transfer. If you use a metropass, you won't have to validate your fare.

TTC spokesperson Brad Ross says they will have ambassadors at each station to help riders adjust.

Next year, the new streetcars will begin running on the 511 Bathurst and the 509 Harbourfront.
Between 2015 and 2016, new cars will run on the 505 Dundas route.

The roll out continues through to 2019.

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  1. dama posted on 08/29/2014 10:08 AM
    Looks low,, snow storm will impact this new TTC streetcar
  2. StuG posted on 08/29/2014 10:16 AM
    it's beautiful! has it's own line on the road. can't wait to ride it to my downtown spots
    right in my hood at harbourfront. i've been waiting 2 1/2 yrs. for it
    buzz off Rob Ford
  3. IBLeaf posted on 08/29/2014 02:00 PM
    I saw it today on Spadina and went in for a peek. Apparently it is the exact same model that will carry people on the Eglinton Crosstown. While it looks nice and modern there is no way in hell that thing will carry the amount of people who will want to use it and I'm willing to bet there will be LOOOOONNNNNGGGG lineups just to get onto one of these things under Eglinton during rush hour. Why didn't they just build a damn subway? Huge mistake.
    1. 12312311 posted on 08/31/2014 06:56 AM
      @IBLeaf Incorrect. The Eglinton Crosstown is using Flexity Freedom vehicles whereas these new TTC vehicles are using Flexity Outlook.

      The gauge that the TTC uses for its streetcar network is different than standard gauge (which is what the SRT currently uses and what the eglinton crosstown will use). It would be prohibitively expensive to tear up all the tracks to change gauges (and the gauge the TTC uses goes back to the early 1900's) so you will never see the same vehicles being run on the crosstown line vs one of the ttc streetcar routes.
    2. IBLeaf posted on 08/31/2014 12:30 PM
      @12312311 What difference does it make? According to the bombardier statistics both the Freedom and Outlook have a total capacity of 251. A Rocket Subway's total capacity is 1100. These glorified streetcars are too small for the number of people who will want to use the Crosstown.
  4. AbbyW posted on 08/31/2014 01:04 PM
    Glad to see our city council still in the 19th century vs spending money on subways. By the way, what happened to the idiots that didn't account for the height of the streetcars and the curb that forced a lot of money to be spent because of stupidity first time around? Nothing, of course!
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