The TTC’s new accessible subway trains begin entering service in June 2011, on the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway.
Delivery of 70 accessible trains sets (420 cars), from Bombardier Transportation in Thunder Bay, is scheduled to take up to three years to complete.
These trains will replace the TTC’s oldest subway cars, most of which date from the 1970s, and will allow the TTC to meet future ridership demands once the Spadina Subway Extension opens for revenue service.
The Toronto Rockets, and the re-signalling of the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway, will ultimately allow the TTC to improve subway train headways (time between trains) up to 90 seconds, as well as carry more people.
The TTC’s new subway trains are a “six-car-fixed” configuration with open gangways and which will enable riders to move freely from one end to the other. Each train is comprised of two cab cars (one at each end) plus four non-cab cars.
Toronto Rocket trains are equipped with evacuation ramps at each end of the train. These detrainment devices can be easily deployed in a matter of seconds to allow for quick and easy evacuation.
The new fleet of Toronto Rocket subway trains is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto.