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TTC unveils new “Rocket” subway trains

In Canada on October 14, 2010 at 14:08
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TTC unveils new “Rocket” subway trains

Posted by Derek Flack / October 14, 2010

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TTC Rocket Subway TrainsThe TTC unveiled its brand new, Bombardier-built Rocket subway trains this morning at Downsview Station. Part of the long-term plan to renew the TTC’s aging fleet, the new cars are more spacious and accommodate slightly more seats. The TTC estimates that the new trains will increase capacity by about a 120 passengers, which is up 8-10 percent from the current T1 trains.

TTC Rocket Subway TrainThe most noticeable change among the many — and the reason they will hold more passengers — is that the trains are now open-length, which means that a connecting passage allows riders to travel seamlessly from one car to the next (there are six cars in total). In an empty train, one can look straight from one end to the other.

TTC Rocket subway trainTTC Rocket Subway TrainOther key features include red anti-microbial stanchions to hold on to, an easier to access wheelchair area with a blue light on the exterior of the train to mark their locations, an active route map that shows where the train is on the line, an electronic information display system, a passenger alarm intercom, and an emergency evacuation ramp at the front of the train.

TTC Rocket Subway TrainThe Rocket trains are also said to be more energy efficient, but I’ve yet to get my hands on specific figures that outline the savings.

13 of these Rocket trains are expected to be running on the system by around the new year at a cost of $237.6-million, and the TTC plans to roll out a total of 234 of these new cars between 2010 and 2014.

TTC Rocket subway trainMy first impression is that these subways are pretty slick, and will be much easier for passengers to navigate when they are crowded. And though it might take a little getting used to, the open-length concept could be a real winner — that is, unless you’re trying to get away from some belligerent passenger who will no longer be separated by the closed doors of another car. But, that, of course, is a small price to pay for the increased functionality of the new trains.

TTC Rocket Subway Train

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AK / October 14, 2010 at 1:44 PM
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I wonder how much it will cost to update those lit routemaps once the extension north of Downsview is completed… you would think they could have just included that part of the map now and not have to send them in for a refit later.

Fig / October 14, 2010 at 1:49 PM
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They look pretty slick. It’s about time they changed the design.

gr1 / October 14, 2010 at 1:53 PM
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David Miller “herp derp herpty derp posting twitpics check out my blackberry face”

RKMK / October 14, 2010 at 1:57 PM
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All-around pretty nice…. except that when there are screaming children or singing weirdos, now the entiiiiiiiiire train gets to listen.

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