After signing a deal with Bombardier Transportation four years ago, the Toronto Transit Commission gave an order for $400-million to make 186 new subway cars.
The decision to award this contract was approved last week by city councilors who are on the board of the Toronto Transit Commission. This decision was revealed yesterday by Bombardier Transportation. It will bring 31 new subway trains to Toronto.
These trains are being called "Rocket" and will be replacing the old trains on the Yonge-University-Spadina line. These T1 trains currently running on that line will be eventually moved to the Bloor-Danforth line.
The first pilot train is currently undergoing tests at Bombardier's Kingston plant and will be delivered to Toronto Transit Commission in the coming months. This information was given by a Bombardier spokesman who also confirmed that the rest of the fleet will arrive between September 2012 and November 2013.
These upcoming models are much better than the T1 coaches being used currently. There will be no doors clear w between two coaches for a clear walkway. These coaches will also be much wider.
These will also have automated display panel with stop announcements and interactive screen maps. These will also be equipped with closed-circuit television cameras for better security.
Bombardier also won a $1.7-billion-U. S. order for 436 double-decker cars (59 electric trains) for the Swiss national railway this week.