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TTC Launches New Streetcar Route

As part of the ongoing Waterfront Toronto revitalization project, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) officially opened its first streetcar extension since 2000—the 514 Cherry Streetcar—on June 19.

TTC Chair Josh Colle noted that the new streetcar will ease congestion, provide more frequent service along the central section of TTC’s busiest suface route and add a new accessible east-west route with the introduction of low-floor streetcars.

TTC introduced the line to provide congestion relief to the nearly 65,500 daily riders along its busiest surface route. The east-west route is an integral part of the new West Don Lands community, Toronto’s first “Transit First” neighborhood in the city, designed with a goal of having public transit access within a five-minute walk of all residences in the area. The federal, provincial and city governments provided funding for the extension.

“The 514 Cherry Streetcar line is an example of how we can build better neighborhoods by providing reliable transit options for residents,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “Building a great future for our city starts with ensuring our ability to move around. Working together with other levels of government, we are building a reliable transit system so people can get to work on time and get home faster to spend time with their families.”

TTC's 514 Cherry Streetcar entered operation June 19, the first streetcar extension in 16 years.

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