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TTC schedules 'Toronto Rocket' subway car for December lift off


Yesterday, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) unveiled its “Toronto Rocket” subway trains. The first Toronto Rocket is expected to enter revenue service in late December.

The subway trains will feature additional passenger capacity, enhanced safety and security components, better customer information systems and accessibility, and reduced energy consumption, according to the TTC. In 2006, the commission awarded a contract to Bombardier Transportation to build the cars; the first set of cars were delivered earlier this month.

“The Toronto Rocket trains are part of the TTC’s long-term plan to renew its fleets,” said TTC Chairman Adam Giambrone in a prepared statement, adding that the commission last year ordered 204 new streetcars to replace aging cars.

The Canadian government will provide $92.3 million over five years to help fund 78 Toronto Rocket subway cars, or the equivalent of 13 six-car trainsets, which are estimated to cost $236.7 million. The province of Ontario already has allocated $83.7 million and city of Toronto, $60.7 million.

The cars are a portion of 234 new subway cars being supplied to the city and TTC between 2010 and 2014.

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