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TTC Makes $101.3 Million Purchase of Subway Cars from Bombardier

Item supplied by Aaron Adel
Transit Toronto News Archive - May 26, 1999

The TTC will make a payment of $101.3 million, tomorrow, toward the purchase of 372 T-1 Subway Cars, manufactured by Bombardier Inc. At present, about 200 of the 372-car order are in service.

Prior to the Closing Ceremony for the International Union of Public Transport 53rd Congress and City Transport Exhibition, TTC Chair Howard Moscoe will present the cheque to Mike Hart, Bombardier Vice President, Sales and Marketing Canada. The presentation will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 27, at the Bombardier Booth, South Hall, Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

From the outside, the T-1 cars look just like the present aluminum subway cars, except that the doors are wider — a full five feet. Inside, fewer obstructions allow for better passenger flow and air conditioning is standard. Each T-1 car has wheelchair positions near the doors.

The total cost for all 372 cars is $861.5 million. The last cars are scheduled for completion in 2001.