Toronto — Streetcar Overhaul Reconsidered
Rail Transit Online, January 2007
The Toronto Transit Commission is having
second thoughts about refurbishing half of its aging streetcar fleet.
Bombardier Transportation was the only firm to submit a bid for the overhaul
and modernization of 96 cars. The deal called for Bombardier to use new
parts purchased by the TTC to rebuild or replace key components, such as the
propulsion system, and add air conditioning to the fleet. But on Dec. 27,
TTC Chairman Adam Giambrone said the agency is re-considering the overhaul
program and instead may replace all of its 195 streetcars. New vehicles
would cost about C$600 million compared to around C$245 million for
refurbishment, which would only add about 10 years to the cars’ service life
— most were manufactured between 1979 and 1981. The commission is expected
to discuss the issue at its Jan. 31 meeting.