The first streetcar in the TTC’s Articulated Light Rail Vehicle (ALRV) life-extension program entered service on the 501 Queen route today. Streetcar #4217 is the first of 30 streetcars to undergo a major life-extension overhaul that will improve reliability and ensure continued, safe operation of the streetcar fleet.
The life-extension program began in June and costs $24 million. The program is designed to improve line capacity and vehicle reliability and availability. Streetcar #4217 is the first overhauled car completed this year, one of 30 scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.
In 1984 the TTC purchased 52 ALRVs. The TTC selected 30 to be overhauled as part of the rebuild program. The remaining will be retired as the new low-floor streetcar enters service by the end of 2019.
The ALRV life- extension program includes a complete interior and exterior overhaul of the streetcar including:
• repairing corrosion damage and repainting the exterior of body.
• replacing interior sub-flooring and refurbished door stepwells.
• refurbishing pneumatic air systems, propulsion motors and braking systems.
• cleaning of electrical systems and replacement of suspension components.