Those of you who follow other Toronto blogs will already have read much of the update on the new subway cars. You can read the spacing wire coverage here.
A few additional tidbits:
The article by Kevin McGran linked from spacing’s post claims that the seats are all along the sides facing inward. This is an error, as you can clearly see from the design photo below. After the April Commission meeting where a nearly apoplectic Chairman Moscoe took staff to task for ignoring repeated calls for transverse seating, this is now part of the official design.
Other changes include additional handholds from the overhead grab-bar and the elimination of vertical stanchions in the doorways adjacent to wheelchair tie-downs. The intention is to give maximum manoueverability at doors where wheelchairs will enter while preserving the extra handholds at the other entrances. The effect is to have poles at the two middle entrances on each car, and no poles at the ends.
When the TTC posts information about these cars on their site, there will be a piece of Flash animation that gives a flying tour through the new train layout.
The media day for unveiling the modified T-1 mockup car will be June 5, and public viewing starts on June 6. Further details are in the spacing post. One commissioner asked if the car could be displayed at Dundas Square, but was dissuaded when the logistical complexities of moving a subway car over city streets were explained. One alternative display site may be the unused north platform at Sheppard-Yonge Station.