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TTC invites you to "design -- and name -- your ride"

The TTC has launched a new website to gather your suggestions on how to design the new low-floor streetcars that will roll along Toronto streets, starting in 2013.

If you have ideas on what features the new streetcars should include, or what they should look like, visit to find out how you can help design the new cars.

You can also submit possible names for the new cars.

An expert design panel will review your suggestions and designs and select proposals and ideas that the designers of the new cars can use in the new vehicles.

Late this year, the designers will present a physical mock-up that allows you to walk through and pick your seat.

A experts design panel will review your proposals and ideas for the new cars:

  • Elaine Cecconi, partner, Cecconi Simone, Interior Design;
  • Ken Cummings, director, Applied Technology-Industrial Design: Transportation, Humber College;
  • Steve Munro, City builder and transit advocate;
  • Nelda Rodger, editor, Azure Magazine; and
  • Ronni Rosenberg, associate dean / Animation, Arts and Design, Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

In 2007, the TTC asked you to suggest how it could to make better streetcar. More than 10,000 of you responded by advising the TTC about what to include — or not include — in its newest streetcars.

Among many other features, many people asked the TTC to include more seats and to improve accessibility in any new streetcars.

In 2009, it awarded a contract to Bombardier Inc. to produce the new cars and TTC and Bombardier staff have been working closely to design a made-for-Toronto vehicle.

The team is using your ideas from 2007 to come up with designs for the new cars. Here’s what it’s decided so far:


  • All new streetcars have low floors, making it easier for people to get on and off the cars.
  • Bright yellow laser-electronic display (LED) destination signs at the front and rear of each car and and three along the door side help you easily figure out where each car is going.
  • Each car has “priority areas” that are easy to get to, where you’ll find more space for you and your belongings.

More seats

  • Each vehicle will have 69 seats, including a few extra-wide or “family” seats and flip-down seats. The TTC is arranging the seats to let you go where you want in the vehicle and find the spot that is most comfortable for you.

Wide doors

  • The second and third doorways are wider so you can get on or off easily — even when you have bags and a stroller. The second doorway will to accommodate mobility aids and the third doorway will accommodate bicycles.

More room for passengers

  • These vehicles are about twice the length of the older, shorter streetcars and can hold anywhere between 130 and 230 people — “depending on how well you know each other”, the TTC’s website says.
  • You can board the cars through all doors.
  • The cars have large windows and air conditioning.

More room for bicycles

  • Each vehicle will have two bicycle spaces located just inside one of the double wide doors for use outside of rush hours.

Safety and security

  • Each vehicle will have security cameras, “passenger assistance alarms” and emergency intercoms on board.

Bombardier will deliver its first vehicle in early 2013. Between now and then, a rigorous vehicle design and testing process is taking place, before Bombardier delivers three prototype vehicles late in 2011.