• Councillor Mark Grimes

Investing in New Streetcars

On May 26, 2021, at a special meeting of Toronto City Council called by Mayor John Tory, Council voted unanimously in favour of the purchase of 60 new TTC streetcars. The new streetcars, funded by the City, provincial and federal governments, will add critical capacity to Toronto’s transit system.

Earlier this month, the City of Toronto, the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada announced a $568 million investment to purchase 60 new streetcars and make the necessary upgrades to the TTC’s Hillcrest Complex, where vehicles are housed and maintained. Along with $180 million from both the federal and provincial governments, the agreement includes a $208 million investment from the City. The new streetcar funding represents a significant investment by all three orders of government in a critical component of Toronto’s transit network.

Yesterday, TTC Board also voted unanimously to amend the TTC Capital Budget and Plan to expand the new streetcar purchase to 60 from the original 13 approved and funded by Council last year.

The TTC’s Streetcar Program aims to improve health and economic outcomes for people across Toronto, with particular benefit to those who rely on public transit as their primary or only transportation. Accessibility features will be included as part of the new vehicle order, including a fully low-floor design, priority blue seating and both audible and visual stop announcements that are internal and external to the vehicle.

The full Council report is available on toronto.ca.