Operating Statistics - 2016

The TTC Operating Statistics publication contains all the key facts and figures about the system’s performance in an annual period and is an invaluable quick reference when talking about the TTC’s achievements in service. The Operating Statistics are compiled by the Corporate Communications Department.

7. Toronto Rocket Subway Trains

  • The TTC had 80 new Toronto Rocket subway trains in service in 2016.
  • The first new Toronto Rocket car was delivered to Wilson Subway Yard on October 1, 2010. The first Toronto Rocket train was officially launched into revenue service on July 21. 2011.
  • Delivery of 82 fully accessible train sets (480 cars), from Bombardier Transportation in Thunder Bay, is scheduled to be completed by April 2017.
  • These trains will replace the TTC’s oldest subway cars, most of which date from the 1970s, and will allow the TTC to meet future ridership demands once the Spadina Subway Extension opens for revenue service.
  • The Toronto Rockets, and the re-signalling of the Yonge-University Subway, will ultimately allow the TTC to improve subway train headways (time between trains) up to 90 seconds, as well as carry more people.
  • The TTC’s new subway trains are four-car- and six-car-fixed configuration with open gangways, and enable riders to move freely from one end of the train to the other. Each train is comprised of two cab cars (one at each end) plus four non-cab cars.

Toronto Rocket trains are equipped with evacuation ramps at each end of the train. These detrainment devices can be easily deployed in a matter of seconds to allow for quick and easy evacuation.

Principle specifications

Fleet class - Toronto Rocket
Number of cars - 480
Fleet numbers - 5381-6196
Seating (perch seat included) - 64 seated (cab car), 68 (non-cab car)
Standing - 199 (average)
Length - 23.190 m
Height - 3.137 m
Weight - 205,000 kg
Maximum design speed - 88 km/h

What’s inside the Toronto Rockets

  • Passenger alarm intercoms: these are located in every alternate doorway and multi-purpose area (six per car; 36 per train). The intercoms allow for voice communication with either the Operator or Guard. 1.5-metre doorways include stanchions on either side. All stanchions have an anti-bacterial coating and are colour-contrasted to help people with impaired vision.
  • Multi-purpose areas: each car includes two accessible areas (12 per train). The space includes three individual, user-friendly fold-down seats.
  • Electronic information displays: flashing Subway/RT route maps to visually announce the next station work in conjunction with ceiling-mounted visual displays. Synchronized audio and visual announcements are provided together with additional LED/LCD displays for broadcasting operational messages (i.e. disruptions).
  • Closed circuit cameras: (four per car; 24 per train) are strategically located to cover the interior of each car. The Operator and Guard have access to live images only when the passenger alarm is activated.
  • Emergency Alarms: these alarms are available on all of the TTC’s subway trains. Customers can press the yellow alarm strips in the event of an emergency. Train crews will call for emergency responders.
  • Multi-media, colour video screens: (three per car; 18 per train) these display mainly stations and destination information for subway passengers in text and video format, as well as safety and emergency information.

The new fleet of Toronto Rocket subway trains is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto.

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