Toronto’s New Streetcars Are Now Making Wait Times Even Longer
The older streetcars had shorter wait times.
It's official, the old Toronto streetcars are out of service, meaning the newest models, which were introduced in 2014, will be the only ones running throughout the 6ix. However, this recent switch will come with some growing pains, including longer wait times, according to the TTC. The new TTC streetcars fit more people, but that also means that they will be running less frequently, so you might find yourself waiting in the cold for a little longer than originally planned.
According to the Toronto Star, wait times could be up to 25% longer now that we have transitioned away from the older models, which had to run more often because of their smaller capacity.
Narcity reached out to TTC Spokesperson Stuart Green to clarify just how long 25% longer really is.
"On a five-minute route, it could be up to one minute and fifteen seconds between scheduled service," Green said in the email.
"But customers are only waiting longer if they arrive at the stop earlier than the scheduled time. Although there are fewer of the larger vehicles, we are moving more people at a reduced cost."
In this time of transition, it is good to remember that the "new" models have perks that the didn't.
For example, they are accessible to wheelchairs, and have ramps as well as lower floors, making the TTC one step closer to their goal of having a system without any barriers by 2025.
According to the Toronto Star, they hold 22 more people than the old ones do. The capacity on the newer streetcars is 130 while the
TTC Spokesperson Stuart Green is optimistic about the new transition.
"The headways between streetcars might increase minimally on some routes, but the service reliability improves," Green told Narcity.
"Instances of bunching and gapping will be reduced as will instances of full vehicles bypassing stops."
On routes where the older cars would run, the TTC plans on deploying buses until they acquire more newer models.
Green, however, has some advice on how to avoid waiting longer for these newer cars.
"The best advice is to check schedules for next vehicle arrivals and get to the stop as close to that time as possible," he wrote in the email.
Although this time of transition may come with a few bumps in the road, the TTC stresses that service will actually improve by getting rid of the older, more outdated transport methods they were previously using.