JOHN MOORE

Riding the new red rocket

Posted By: John Moore · 9/2/2014 4:31:00 PM

I think by now you know I'm a rail geek so on Monday we trooped to the Spadina station to check out one of the two new streetcars in service on the Spadina line. We weren't alone, several dozen people on the platform waited as a half dozen old street cars rolled through and then cheered and applauded when the new one came around the bend. 

They're sleek, shiny, roomy and smooth. It's more like riding a subway than the vehicles in the current fleet. It's nice to see people get excited about them as well. It says something about our city that we're putting money into something new and modern that makes public transit that much more efficient and attractive. Experience has shown that there's a "chic factor" to street cars that gets people who wouldn't be caught dead on a bus... onto public transit. 

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