Ontario Improving Public Transit, Creating Jobs: Ontario is investing $416.3 million to provide better transit service to TTC riders as a new generation of streetcars go into service on the 510 Spadina line route, marking another step in the province’s plan to help improve transit in Toronto.
The new streetcars boast numerous safety and performance improvements, and can comfortably accommodate 68 more passengers. The low-floor vehicle is larger, air conditioned and fully accessible, providing more passengers with a quieter, more comfortable ride.
By 2019, 204 new streetcars will replace all streetcars in the TTC’s current fleet, making them the first new generation of streetcars in Toronto in 30 years.
PRESTO will be installed on the new streetcars in November 2014 with PRESTO fare card readers operating on all streetcar lines once the new fleet is in full service. This will allow commuters to travel seamlessly and more conveniently within the TTC and across PRESTO-enabled transit systems in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Building public transit and creating jobs are part of the government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- An average of 250,000 riders use the streetcar system each weekday on 11 TTC routes comprising more than 300 kilometres of track.
- The streetcars are Ontario-made by Bombardier in its North Bay plant.
- Ontario has committed up to $416.3 million for 204 new streetcars that will go into service between now and 2019.
- Since 2003, Ontario has committed nearly $4.3 billion dollars to the City of Toronto to help improve and expand transit.