THUNDER BAY – The Toronto Transit Commission today announced the launch of a consultation program, inviting customers, Toronto residents and transit enthusiasts to learn about and get involved in designing its new fleet of low floor, accessible light rail vehicles.
In 2007, over 10,000 people were asked for, and offered advice about, what they wanted to see in a new streetcar. Last June the path was chosen for Toronto’s newest transit rides. The TTC entered into a contract with Bombardier Transportation Canada Inc. to design and supply 204 new low floor, light rail vehicles (LRVs) to replace the Commission’s existing fleet of streetcars.
The prototype vehicles will arrive in 2011 for extensive testing and the new LRVs will start passenger service in early 2013. Many design decisions have been made based on what was heard from the public in 2007. But there are still important decisions to be made.
The TTC is committed to working with customers to make the best possible design decisions. A design panel, consisting of leaders in industrial and interior design, arts, public transit and city building, will also help to create this new Toronto icon. To get involved, visit http://lrv.ttc.ca. Watch a short video, share your design ideas and help to suggest a name for your new ride.
The Bombardier facility in Thunder Bay is where many of the transit vehicles for the TTC are manufactured.