Which other cities have similar model vehicles?
Toronto’s new streetcars are based on the Bombardier FLEXITY 100% low-floor trams. Other cities that operate similar vehicles include:
How many sections will each streetcar have?
Each streetcar will have five sections. The front section contains the operator’s cab. The second will be the designated accessible section, including a deployable ramp for those needing this type of assistance boarding the vehicle. The fourth section will contain designated bicycle positions.
What type of seating is there in the new vehicle? How many?
There are approximately 70 seats in a variety of configurations, designed to accommodate a variety of customer needs. Approximately half of the seats will be forward-facing. The majority of seats will be similar in size to those in the current streetcars. There will be a small number of “family seats”, which are roughly 1.5 times as wide as a standard seat. There are also locations to accommodate strollers, mobility devices and bicycles.
How quiet will the new streetcars be?
There are comprehensive engineering plans in place to minimize the amount of noise made by our new streetcars, including the testing of advanced vehicle suspensions, soft wheels and wheel lubrication systems. The vehicles will make some noise, similar to that of our existing streetcars.
Entry and Exit
How will the doors open and close?
When the vehicle is safely stopped the Operator will remotely unlock the doors. Customers, both inside and outside the vehicle, can then press a brightly lit, easy-to-reach, tactile button on the door. This is common practice for many vehiclesin use around the world. Doors will close after a set amount of time or when the Operator chooses to close the doors remotely. Warning lights and audible tones will let people know when the doors are opening or closing.