New TTC Rocket interior.

November-December 2010

The TTC’s first Toronto Rocket subway train was officially unveiled to the public and media at Downsview Station on Oct. 14.

The unveiling was the first opportunity for people to see train’s newest features, which include electronic information displays, multi-media video screens and closed circuit cameras.

The first new fully accessible subway train arrived from Thunder Bay in early October. The TTC will receive a total of 70 new trains over the next three years.

“The new Toronto Rocket is about the continued revitalization of the life blood of Toronto, which is the Toronto Transit Commission,” said Mayor David Miller. “It’s also about how you can make progressive change in the city through extraordinary partnerships.”

Mayor Miller was joined by funding partners from the federal and provincial governments in introducing the TTC’s newest vehicle. The first train is still in the commissioning phase and is scheduled to enter service on the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway in early 2011.

The contract for the first 39 Toronto Rockets (234 cars) was signed four years ago. Earlier this year, the Commission exercised two contract options for the delivery 31 additional trains (186 cars) between 2012 and 2013. These trains will replace the TTC’s train fleet as it reaches its 30-year life expectancy, and to meet future ridership demands once the Spadina Subway extension opens for service by the end of 2015.