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TTC unveils new subway trains

Inside view of the new TTC subway cars

TORONTO, Ont. – The TTC unveiled its new subway trains, Thursday.

A total of 78 cars are set to roll into subway stations on the Yonge-University-Spadina line by late-December into early-January.

The new “Toronto Rocket” trains are six-cars-long and are open-concept, which means commuters can wander from car-to-car, end-to-end.

“I’m delighted today to be launching the new ‘Toronto Rocket’,” Mayor David Miller told reporters at a news conference.

The subway cars will move more people on the YUS line in a sleek single-tube design, and feature non-slip floors, wider aisles, brighter interiors, cameras and electronic signs and maps.

Better accessibility is also a key feature. “The more we get accessible stations, the more people are going to be able to use the regular system, the conventional system, as opposed to being forced to use just Wheel-Trans,” Heather Green, vice-chair of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation, told 680News.

Miller said they listened to what Toronto transit riders wanted.

“TTC riders and the people of Toronto have been partners, not just in paying for these vehicles, but in designing them,” he said.

The new subway cars cost $236.7-million and aim to reduce energy consumption.

They were made in Ontario and officials said that led to jobs in the Toronto area.

Commuters might see the new subway cars over the next couple of weeks as they’re tested.

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