This week, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) officials showed off its new ostentatious $1 billion subway cars to the public at the Davisville Subway Station located in uptown Toronto.
Hundreds of transit riders were able to experience the open and bright cars, while also getting a peak at its new maps, accessibility and security enhancements as they walked to the end of the six cars – they are now connected similar to a streetcar.
The new trains now have 10 percent more capacity, but since the poles have been removed from the middle of the aisle, transit riders will be more spread out and will give patrons less of a claustrophobic feeling during rush hour. Instead, there will be a horizontal poll with grab bars on the ceiling of the train.
Although there is no official number, it is estimated that the old T1 trains held about 1,100 passengers at maximum capacity and the new trains can hold an additional 120.
These new trains were built by Bombardier in Thunder Bay. The transition from the old to the new will begin in June and continue until the year 2013.
Here are some of the key features that the new trains will have:
- Electronic maps that indicate the next station that the train will arrive and in which it direction it is travelling.
- Addresses for each subway and Scarborough Rapid Transit (SRT) stop.
- 24 security cameras with four per car.
- 18 video screens that provide emergency information, such as location of alarm devices and entry and exit run through.
- Wider doorways.
- Areas for wheelchairs, bicycles and strollers.
- LED screens that will show the stop and which side to exit.