The Toronto Transit Commission is embarking on an aggressive vehicle and rail overhaul maintenance plan to improve service reliability on Line 3 Scarborough over the next 10 years. Approaching its thirtieth anniversary on March 22, the Scarborough RT, as it is commonly known, has reached the end of its designed life expectancy. The line will be decommissioned following the opening of the Scarborough Subway, a planned extension of Line 2 Bloor-Danforth.
To mark the anniversary on Sunday, the TTC will unveil two newly wrapped trains which have been overhauled with a durable vinyl exterior finish as an alternative to paint and body work. The design ties into the new approach to subway line numbers and colours to help customers navigate the system.
Over the next few months, the interior will also see a complete make-over, with new finishes on floors and walls, and a new seating configuration to provide better wheelchair access.
Line 3 is scheduled to close on the weekends of April 25-26 and May 2-3 as crews work to refurbish tracks and signals on the line.