Toronto to Retire Last of Legacy Streetcars Next Month

Two styles of legacy streetcars makes their way down a Toronto street in May 2014.

If you want to photograph the legacy streetcars plying the streets of Toronto, you better do it soon.

The Toronto Transit Commission said it will retire the last of the legacy streetcars in late December in favor of 204 new, low-floor streetcars from Bombardier.

Two streetcars will make a final run on Dec. 29 between Bathurst Street and Greenwood Avenue in Toronto.

In a news release, the TTC said first of the legacy fleet arrived on Dec. 29, 1977, and entered service on Sept. 20, 1979.

The last streetcars of the 196 streetcar-order were delivered in 1982. TTC later ordered 52 additional articulated light-rail vehicle streetcars, which were double the length of the original streetcars. That fleet was retired in September.

TTC said the fleet replacement marks the first time its entire streetcar and bus routes will be serviced by accessible vehicles.

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