Toronto commuters will soon benefit from a new fleet of Toronto Transit Commission streetcars thanks to joint investments from the federal, provincial and municipal governments. Officials gathered today to announce the start of service of the first of 204 brand new streetcars scheduled for August 31st, which will eventually replace all vehicles in the current fleet. These vehicles are the first new generation of streetcars in Toronto in 30 years.
The new low-floor vehicles are fully accessible, larger, and air conditioned. They boast numerous safety and performance improvements, and can comfortably accommodate 68 more passengers than their predecessors. Thanks to the new fleet, passengers will enjoy a quieter, more comfortable ride.
An average of 250,000 riders use the streetcar system each weekday on 11 routes comprising more than 300 kilometres of track. With its increased carrying capacity, the new streetcar fleet will provide the City of Toronto with annual operational savings on high-volume ridership routes for years to come.
- The Government of Canada has contributed close to $171 million through the federal Gas Tax Fund for this project.
- The Government of Ontario has contributed close to $416.3 million.
- The City of Toronto is committed to contributing $599.2 million for this project.
“Our Government is proud to invest in transit projects like Toronto Transit Commission’s streetcars. The new streetcars will continue to connect workers with jobs and ensure safe, comfortable travel for residents, and visitors alike. Our Government’s investments through the Gas Tax Fund transfer will continue to generate economic growth and job creation here in Toronto and across Canada for years to come.”
– The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport and Member of Parliament for Halton (Ontario)
“Ontario is making record investments in public transit all across the province, including $416 million in funding for these new streetcars. The new streetcars will be a significant improvement over the current fleet, providing easier access for more riders. Our investment is helping to improve accessibility, reduce congestion on our roads and contributing to a better quality of life for people in Toronto.”
-Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation
“These sleek new low-floor streetcars are part of the TTC’s and City of Toronto’s commitment to improving public transit today and for the future. They are accessible, quieter and will provide greater capacity and reliability for all Torontonians. We are proud to partner with the provincial and federal governments on this important transit investment.”
-Maria Augimeri,TTC Chair and Toronto City Councillor Ward 9 York Centre