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TTC's historic streetcars still active with charter tours

Attention News/Assignment/Photo Editors:

TORONTO, Dec. 3 /CNW/ - The TTC's historic PCC streetcars, often

dubbed “The Red Rocket”, are alive and well and active in the charter tour business. On Sunday, December 5, TTC Commissioner Joe Mihevc will join a group of transit aficionados on their 1999 annual Christmas charter tour of the city. The group, coordinated by John F. Doyle, Addison, Illinois, leaves the Bond Place Hotel, 65 Dundas Street East, at 11 a.m. Sunday for a tour that lasts until about 5 p.m. and includes photo and lunch stops. Toronto historian Mike Filey will travel with the group over part of the route. While this tour is not open to the public, the PCCs can be chartered by phoning the TTC charter office, (416) 393-7880, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Beginning in the new year, rates for the first three hours will be $402.32, including taxes. Additional hours are $94.16 each. The TTC has two historic PCC (Presidents’ Conference Committee) streetcars for charter tours. The last 21 PCCs operated in customer service on Toronto streets in December 1995, after almost 60 years of service. The first of this model began operation in 1938. Currently, streetcar service is provided by the Canadian Light Rail Vehicles (CLRV) and the Articulated Light Rail Vehicles (ALRV), the extended streetcars with the “pleats” in the middle.

                              Photo Op

What:      Group embarking on a tour of Toronto on historic PCC 
Who:       TTC Commissioner Joe Mihevc with tour group coordinated
           by John F. Doyle, Addison, Illinois
When:      11 a.m. Sunday, December 5, 1999
Where:     Bond Place Hotel, 65 Dundas Street East


For further information: Marilyn Bolton, Media Relations, (416) 393-3741