Out with the old, as the saying goes. The TTC is finally saying good-bye to its decades-old Toronto streetcars this December. That's after new vehicles were introduced earlier this year.

It's the old Canadian Light Rail Vehicle (CLRV) streetcars that are being ditched — some have been in service for over 40 years.

They will now head into retirement by December 29, 2019.

According to a TTC news release, the CLRVs will run on the 511 Bathurst route for seven days a week until December 28.

They will also be used as an extra service on the 501 Queen route during the weekends between Roncesvalles Avenue and Greenwood Avenue.

On the last day, December 29, two CLRVs will run a completely free service from Bathurst to Greenwood from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will even be a contest for people to enter so they can take part in the final ride, which will run from Wolseley Loop at Bathurst Street to Russell Carhouse at Greenwood Avenue.

You must enter the contest through the TTC's Facebook and Instagram from December 2 to December 6.

Ten winners from Facebook and Instagram will then be chosen and given a seat for them and a plus-one to take the final ride.

The move to finally end the CLRV's service comes after the TTC's Articulated Light Rail Vehicles, otherwise known as Toronto's long bendy streetcars, were retired back in September.

The fact they're heading out of commission doesn't necessarily mean you've got no chance of ever seeing one again, though.

After all, there's one mysteriously living on forever as a historic relic deep in the forests of Ontario.

Meanwhile, another older streetcar notably had a psychedelic makeover recently.

For now, though, if you hope to get one last ride before they're all gone, make sure to do so before the end of next month.

Notably, some of the TTC's new cars have already experienced significant problems with payment and PRESTO cards.

Here's hoping for a smoother transition.


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