The Skyway's future is in question: What's next?

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2. Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Streetcar System - Toronto, ON
Option selected: New vehicles with additional capacity


A TTC CLRV in 2007.

The TTC Streetcar system is the largest such system in the Americas in terms of ridership, number of cars, and track length. It's also one of the oldest continuously operated streetcar systems, dating back to 1861.

During the 1970s and 80s, the TCC acquired a fleet of Canadian Light Rail Vehicles (CLRV) and Articulated Light Rail Vehicles (ALRV) to replace their aging President's Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars. The first PCCs were constructed by the St. Louis Car Company in 1936.


The new Flexity Outlook low-floor streetcars began to enter service on August 31, 2014. Car 4400 is seen on route 510 Spadina in September. Photo courtesy of Robert Taylor from Stirling, ON, Canada.

In 2009, with its aging fleet of CLRVs and ALRVs nearing the end of their service life, the TTC announced it would replace their streetcar vehicles with Bombardier's Flexity Outlook. A benefit of going with new vehicles was an increase in vehicle capacity.  The old CLRV and ALRVs have a seated capacity of 42-46 and a crush load capacity of 132. The TTC's new vehicles seat 70 and can accommodate another 181 standing, for a total capacity of 251.


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