Toronto - When you visit the CNE this year, check out the TTC Streetcars of Tomorrow display outside the Direct Energy Centre, near the Princes' Gates. Two examples of light rail vehicles that are in service in other world cities are there for the public viewing.
Because the TTC needs to replace its aging fleet of streetcars, it is currently searching the globe for the best light rail vehicle (LRV) for Toronto - vehicles that will help secure the city's future in long-term, environmentally- sustainable transportation. Meet staff and talk about Toronto's future in streetcars.
Modern LRVs operating in other world cities are typically larger than Toronto's current streetcars, are fully accessible, and are equipped with many customer conveniences such as air conditioning and audio, and visual, stop announcements. The first next generation streetcar prototype is scheduled to arrive in Toronto in 2010.
Who: TTC staff will be on hand to discuss Toronto's light rail vehicle options for the future. Staff from two vehicle manufacturers (Bombardier and Siemens) will also be available to take questions about their vehicles.
Where: At the CNE, just inside Princes' Gates, in front of the Direct Energy Centre.
When: Aug. 17 to Sept. 3, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily.
Why: To kick-off the ambitious Toronto Transit City 120-kilometre expansion plan, and to ensure that the TTC's popular existing streetcar routes continue to run into the future, the TTC has started the process of acquiring new LRVs for Toronto.