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Toronto Streetcars make final trip along Queen Street (photos)

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Final Run for TTC Streetcars – On Dec. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., two CLRVs will run as free service between Bathurst St. and Greenwood Ave. to commemorate the final day of service

After more than 40 years in service, the TTC‘s iconic Canadian Light Rail Vehicles (CLRVs) are being retired. Members of the public are invited to take part in the streetcars’ final trips along Queen St. this Sun., Dec. 29. The streetcars are being retired as the TTC continues to convert its fleet to all-accessible, low-floor vehicles.

Toronto Streetcars make final trips along Queen Street photo by Stephen Uhraney
Toronto’s TTC CLRV Streetcar By Stephen Uhraney
Toronto Streetcars’ final trip along Queen Street. photo by Stephen Uhraney

The fleet is being replaced by 204 Bombardier low-floor streetcars. The retirement of the CLRVs means that every TTC bus and streetcar route will be serviced by accessible vehicles as of Dec. 30.

204 Bombardier low-floor streetcars will be the norm in Toronto after December 29 photo by Julian Lankstead @toronto_times Instagram

The first CLRV arrived on property on Dec. 29, 1977 and entered service on Sept. 30, 1979 on the 507 Long Branch route. The final CLRV was delivered in 1982. In total, the TTC purchased 196 CLRV streetcars, supplemented in 1988 by an additional 52 Articulated Light Rail Vehicles (ALRVs), which were nearly double the length of the CLRV. The last of the ALRV fleet was officially retired on Sept. 2, 2019. Several CLRV vehicles will be retained and preserved by the TTC and transit museums in Canada and the United States.

TTC CLRV rainbow edition at Broadview and Danforth, photo by toronto_times on Intagram

Twenty randomly selected contest winners have been awarded a seat for them and a guest on the final CLRV ride on vehicle 4001 this Sunday afternoon. All TTC customers riding a CLRV along Queen St. from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday will also be in for a treat; a free ride.

Date: Sun., Dec. 29, 2019
Time: 2:45 – 4 p.m.
Location: Wolseley Loop, located near Bathurst St. and Queen St.

Toronto Streetcar TTC’s CLRV makes its final runs on Sunday December 29, 2019
photo by Stephen Uhraney
TTC’s CLRV makes its final runs on Sunday December 29, 2019
photo by Stephen Uhraney
TTC’s CLRV makes its final runs on Sunday December 29, 2019
photo by Stephen Uhraney

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