Updated November 30, 2014 at 6:20 am:
Car 4404 entered revenue service on 510 Spadina just before 6:00 am today. This also marks the introduction of Presto! on the Toronto surface network. Later today, 4400 should join 4404 in service, and by Wednesday, December 3, 4403 is expected to be on the street as well.
Delivery of additional Flexities from Bombardier has been slow because the TTC is insisting that quality control at the plant be improved, and they will not accept cars only to have them fail in Toronto during testing. The TTC is also working with Bombardier to get the production and delivery rate up to a higher level so that the conversion of routes to Flexity operation can get underway properly.
Meanwhile, as already announced by CEO Andy Byford, the coming 2015 budget will include money for renewal work on the ALRV fleet (the articulated streetcars used mainly on King and Queen) to extend their lives and retain their higher capacity during the transition to Flexity operation.
Original post November 12, 2014:
Car 4404, the second “production” low floor streetcar, has finally arrived in Toronto.
The TTC still does not have an updated delivery plan for Bombardier to supply the production run of cars. Meanwhile, 4401 and 4402 continue operating as training cars while 4400 and 4403 provide revenue service.
On a brighter note, Andy Byford recently wrote about changes in the fleet plan which will see ALRVs kept in service longer and more cars made available for service on King and Queen. The rollout plan may also be changed to advance the appearance of new low-floor cars on these routes.
Photo courtesy of Mike Filey:
Photos courtesy of Harold McMann. CLRV 4075 tows 4404 from the delivery ramp to the shops.