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TTC begins operations at new streetcar facility, modifies stops


The Toronto Transit Commission's (TTC) new low-floor streetcars this week began operating out of its new streetcar facility known as Leslie Barns.

The facility is still under construction, however, and won't be fully occupied by TTC until early next year.

A look inside Leslie Barns, the TTC's new streetcar maintenance facility
Source: The Toronto Transit Commission's YouTube account
The nearly 280,000-square-foot facility has 30 streetcar service bays and will provide maintenance for TTC's entire fleet of 204 streetcars, agency officials said in a press release.

Additionally, Leslie Barns has one of the largest "green" roofs in Toronto and an on-site storm water management pond.

"The TTC has been eagerly anticipating the opening and operation of Leslie Barns," said TTC Chair Josh Colle. "It is a much-needed facility that will service and store our new streetcars for years to come."

Meanwhile, TTC on Monday relocated or removed five streetcar stops to improve customer safety and service.

All streetcar stops will now be located at signalized intersections or crosswalks, TTC officials said.

Transportation best practices indicate that streetcar stops should be between 820 and 1,100 feet apart, and no less than 650 feet to one another, according to the TTC.