Toronto Rocket (Toronto Subway Car)

Toronto Rocket (Toronto Subway Car)

The Toronto Rocket (TR) is the newest subway train model of the Toronto subway and RT network, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, owned and operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). The TRs are the only trains operating in North America with a "six-car fixed" configuration with full-open interior gangways, similar to that on the TTC's Articulated Light Rail Vehicle and the future Flexity Outlook streetcar fleets. This would allow passengers to move freely from one end to the other, unlike the previous TTC train models. The TR trains have two cab cars allocated at the first and last car of the train, and four non-cab cars. They are built by Bombardier Transportation in Thunder Bay, with designs based on Bombardier's Movia family of trains.

The TR series trains operate only on the Yonge–University–Spadina (Y-U-S) subway. They have already replaced the remaining H4 and H5 trains, which were the oldest train versions used on the Bloor-Danforth and Y-U-S lines respectively, the H4's were the last to be furnished with orange vinyl bench seating and were originally unequipped with air-conditioning systems. As more TR trains enter service, the older H6 series trains will be gradually retired from service. They are to be refurbished and converted to international standard gauge in the United States and sold to the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority for use on the system's new Eko Rail project in Lagos, Nigeria, while in turn, T1 series trains operating on the Y-U-S subway are expected to be moved onto the Bloor–Danforth line.

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