Operating Statistics - 2015
18. Growth and Expansion on the TTC
The TTC is installing a state-of-the-art subway signalling system that will pave the way for an Automatic Train Control system, which is a Communications Based Train Control system. The new signalling system, which will provide for 25 per cent additional train capacity, is scheduled for full operation on Line 1 (Yonge-University) by 2020.
In 2015, new streetcar #4405 was the first vehicle to run out of Leslie Barns, the TTC’s new streetcar maintenance and storage facility at Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East. The Leslie Barns will house the new fleet of accessible streetcars. The modern 26,000-square-metre carhouse is built to Toronto Green Standard and is equipped with up to 30 service bays. The new carhouse has a green roof, a streetcar simulator training room, storage tracks, a substation and a storm water management pond.
The TTC is working jointly with Metrolinx to adopt the PRESTO fare card system across the transit system. In 2015, PRESTO payment was available at 26 stations and on all new, low-floor and legacy streetcars. Expansion to the TTC bus fleet, and the remainder of the subway system, is scheduled to occur in 2016. The first two new streetcars activated with PRESTO smart card technology entered revenue service on November 30, 2014. When fully deployed the TTC will be the largest transit system in Canada using PRESTO, with more than 10,000 devices on more than 1,900 vehicles and in all subway stations (including the Spadina Extension). The TTC and Metrolinx signed a master agreement to supply the PRESTO smart card technology across the system in November 2012.