Toronto Transit Commission 5381-6136, 6141-6196
Toronto Transit Commission 5381-6196 are Bombardier Toronto Rocket (TR) subway cars being built and delivered since 2010. The cars are designed to operate in semi-permanantly coupled sets of six and have open gangways between them.
The TTC entered into a contract with Bombardier for 234 subway cars at a value of 710 million dollars in December 2006. This has allowed the TTC to replace all the H4 and H5 subway cars. On May 6, 2010, city council approved the purchase of an additional 186 TR cars. This has allowed for the replacement of the H6 subway cars and for more trains on the Yonge-University-Spadina line. In 2014, an additional 60 cars were ordered to meet future ridership demand. The implementation of automatic train control on the Yonge-University-Spadina line will allow for headways to be reduced safely.
Delivery and testing
The first train was originally expected to arrive in late 2009 to early 2010 to undergo testing with passenger service commencing in 2011. The bankruptcy of New York-based door supplier Curtis Doors in early 2010 delayed production of the cars. The bankruptcy was considered beyond Bombardier’s control, so they were not penalized for the delay. It was estimated that the first car would not arrive on TTC property until August 2010.
While the first set (5381-5386) remained with Bombardier for extended testing, the second set (5391-5396) was delivered to the TTC in October 2010. It was unveiled at a media event on October 14, 2010 at Downsview Subway Station. It then underwent clearance testing throughout the Yonge-University-Spadina line for the next few months.
The third set built (5401-5406) was delivered in December 2010 and had modifications based on issues experienced with the second set. The second set was eventually sent back to Bombardier for modification. The TTC estimated in that the new trains would not be in service until at least February 2011 (the TTC had earlier projected an in-service date in late 2010 or January 2011).) Further testing and issues with the trains lead to the date being pushed back further to June 2011.
Starting in May 2011, one set was tested without passengers on the YUS line (initially Set 2 but later Set 3).
During initial testing, it was found the roof mounted HVAC system was blowing dust from the ceiling around the station as it passed. To address this problem, ceiling slats were removed at stations and the ceiling cleaned.
Entry into service
In mid-July, TTC chair Karen Stintz announced via Twitter that the new Toronto Rocket train would enter passenger service July 21. A media event was held at Downsview Station before the morning's inaugural run. The train remained in service until the night, and the TTC tweeted the location of the train while it was out. Until crew training was completed, the TR train was operated either as an extra run on the line, or on crews that only operate during rush hour.
In service there is noticeable lag in door operations as the doors will only open when the train is in the full stop position and recognized by the guard. Passengers have also noticed that the human voice, supplied by Susan Bigioni, for announcements was replaced by an electronic one on the new cars.
An issue affecting those using mobility devices arose soon after introduction where the train would be at a height higher than the platform, making it difficult to board. According to the TTC, the suspension compensates for the passenger load more quickly than the older trains. This issue is still being resolved.
The original design of the cab-to-platform door proved to be less-than secure. It was redesigned with an improved track and locking mechanism. Existing cars were retrofitted and newer cars were delivered with the new design.
The door chimes are played inside the car and the volume is adjusted according to ambient noise levels. This can result in instances where the chimes are played at an uncomfortable level inside the car, but are still difficult to hear for passengers on the platform. Set 9 was modified with exterior speakers for the chimes in late 2012. Later deliveries also came with the same setup. The TTC has indicated it is in the process of retrofitting existing cars.
There was a noticeable lack of hand-holds under the HVAC at the ends of the cars. To address this, extra grab rails and straps were installed. Like the exterior chimes, these were first tested on set 9.
The TTC plans to convert all subway lines to One Person Train Operation (OPTO). OPTO will be piloted on Line 4 using four-car Toronto Rocket trains. Line 4 was selected because it only requires four trains for daily operation. The TTC will also be replacing the current T1 trains on Line 4 with Toronto Rocket trains equipped with automatic train control (ATC). Line 4 is accessed from Line 1, where ATC will be implemented in 2020.
The TTC negotiated the conversion of the final four six-car Toronto Rocket sets to six four-car sets. The 'C' cars of the final four sets will become 'A' cars with cabs and used for two more sets with the remaining 'B' cars. In the period prior to delivery of these four-car sets, trainset 10 (5471-5476) was converted to a four-car train. This will allow for integration testing for OPTO by the end of 2015. Once all six of the new four-car sets are delivered and certified, trainset 10 will be converted back to a six-car train.
The first four-car set entered service on Line 4 on May 30, 2016.
New features to the TTC
- Amber brake lights on the ends of the train
- Blue lights on the train exterior show the entrance to the multi-purpose areas inside used for mobility devices, strollers, bicycles, or large luggage.
- Two wheelchair areas per car compared to only one on the current cars.
- Colour contrasted anti-microbial stanchions.
- Next station display with display for which side the doors will open.
- Active subway map with LED lights indicating progress of the train. The map will also show if the door below will open or not (X indicates the opposite side and arrow indicates this side).
- Open gangways.
- Way-finding coloured floor guide.
- Each car has six emergency passenger intercom to contact a member of the train crew. There are four points at alternate doorways and one at each wheelchair area.
- Ceiling mounted CCTV cameras.
- Built-in evacuation ramps at each end of the train.
- LCD screens displaying passenger information.
Cars are numbered as a 6-car set, as follows:
- Cars with fleet numbers ending in 1 and 6 are end "A" cars equipped with cabs; cars ending in 2-3-4-5 are intermediate non-cab cars.
- No cars will have numbers ending with a 7, 8, 9 or 0.
- Line 4 Sheppard: car numbers end in 1, 2, 5, 6.
- Fleet numbers in this series will be reused from retired H1, H2, H4, H5, and H6-class subway cars, as well as retired Flyer D901 buses. This marks the first time where subway car numbers will be reused within the series that retired the number.
As of May 2016, 71 6-car sets are in service on Line 1 Yonge-University, and the three four-car sets are in service on Line 4 Sheppard.
|Bombardier MITRAC||64(cab Car)68(non-Cab) Otaco Innovator 850||LED Sign|
|Set||Car number||Thumbnail||Date||Serial||Division||Individual car notes||Set notes|
|5392||Wilson||First car delivered to the TTC on October 1, 2010.|
|5393||Wilson||Delivered in October 2010.|
|5394||Wilson||Delivered in October 2010.|
|5395||Wilson||Delivered in October 2010.|
|5396||Wilson||Delivered on October 8, 2010.|
|3||5401||Wilson||Delivered in January 2011.|
|5402||Wilson||Delivered in January 2011.|
|5403||Wilson||Delivered in January 2011.|
|5404||Wilson||Delivered in January 2011.|
|5405||Wilson||Delivered in January 2011.|
|5406||Wilson||Delivered in January 2011.|
|4||5411||Wilson||Delivered on March 24, 2011.||First trainset to enter revenue service on July 21 2011.|
|5412||Wilson||Delivered on March 24, 2011.|
|5413||Wilson||Delivered on March 24, 2011.|
|5414||Wilson||Delivered in March/April 2011.|
|5415||Wilson||Delivered in March/April 2011.|
|5416||Wilson||Delivered on April 7, 2011.|
|5||5421||Wilson||Delivered on April 21, 2011.||Entered revenue service on August 5, 2011.|
|5422||Wilson||Delivered on April 20, 2011.|
|5423||Wilson||Delivered on April 20, 2011.|
|5424||Wilson||Delivered on May 4, 2011.|
|5425||Wilson||Delivered on May 4, 2011.|
|5426||Wilson||Delivered on April 21, 2011.|
|6||5431||Wilson||Delivered by mid-June 2011.||Entered revenue service late August 2011.|
|5432||Wilson||Delivered by mid-June 2011.|
|5433||Wilson||Delivered by mid-June 2011.|
|5434||Wilson||Delivered by mid-June 2011.|
|5435||Wilson||Delivered by mid-June 2011.|
|5436||Wilson||Delivered by mid-June 2011.|
|7||5441||Wilson||Delivered by August 2011.|
|5442||Wilson||Delivered on June 16th, 2011.|
|5443||Wilson||Delivered by August 2011.|
|5444||Wilson||Delivered by August 2011.|
|5445||Wilson||Delivered by August 2011.|
|5446||Wilson||Delivered by August 2011.|
|8||5451||Wilson||Delivered in mid-August 2011.|
|5452||Wilson||Delivered in mid-August 2011.|
|5453||Wilson||Delivered in mid-August 2011.|
|5454||Wilson||Delivered in mid-August 2011.|
|5455||Wilson||Delivered in mid-August 2011.|
|5456||Wilson||Delivered in mid-August 2011.|
|5463||Wilson||Delivered on September 13, 2011.|
|5464||Wilson||Delivered on September 13, 2011.|
|5465||Wilson||Delivered on September 20, 2011.|
|10||5471||Wilson||Full set delivered by late October 2011.|
|11||5481||Wilson||Full set delivered by early November 2011.|
|12||5491||Wilson||Full set delivered by late November 2011.|
|13||5501||Wilson||Full set delivered by early December 2011.|
|14||5511||Wilson||Full set delivered by mid-January 2012.|
|16||5531||Wilson||Full set delivered by the end of February 2012.|
|5534||Wilson||Delivered on February 13, 2012.|
|5535||Wilson||Delivered on February 13, 2012.|
|5536||Wilson||Delivered on February 16, 2012.|
|17||5541||Wilson||Full set delivered by early March 2012.|
|18||5551||Wilson||Delivered on March 14, 2012.||
|5552||Wilson||Delivered on March 14, 2012.|
|5553||Wilson||Delivered on March 14, 2012.|
|5554||Wilson||Delivered on March 20, 2012.|
|5555||Wilson||Delivered on March 20, 2012.|
|5556||Wilson||Delivered on March 22, 2012.|
|19||5561||Wilson||Delivered on April 13, 2012.||Full set delivered April 2012.|
|5562||Wilson||Delivered on April 13, 2012.|
|5563||Wilson||Delivered on April 13, 2012.|
|20||5571||Wilson||Full set delivered in early June 2012.|
|21||5581||Wilson||Full set delivered by July 2012.|
|22||5591||Wilson||Full set delivered by the end of July 2012.|
|23||5601||Wilson||Full set delivered in August 2012.|
|24||5611||Wilson||Full set delivered by mid-September 2012.|
|25||5621||Wilson||Delivered on September 17, 2012.||Wrapped for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2|
|5622||Wilson||Delivered on September 18, 2012.|
|5623||Wilson||Delivered on September 17, 2012.|
|5625||Wilson||Delivered in September 2012.|
|5626||Wilson||Delivered in September 2012.|
|27||5641||Wilson||Full set delivered in November 2012.|
|28||5651||Wilson||Full set delivered in December 2012.|
|29||5661||Wilson||Full set delivered by January 2013.|
|53||5901||Wilson||Test unit for Exterior announcements and side destination signs|
|55||5921||Wilson||Full set delivered.|
|58||5951||Wilson||Full set delivered by the end of November 2014.|
|59||5961||Wilson||Full set delivered by December 10, 2014.|
|60||5971||Wilson||Full set delivered by the end of December 2014.|
|62||5991||Wilson||Full set delivered by mid-March 2015.|
|6005||Wilson||Delivered on April 11, 2015.|
|6006||Wilson||Delivered on April 11, 2015.|
|64||6011||Wilson||Full set delivered by May 23, 2015.|
|66||6031||Wilson||Delivered to Wilson on June 24, 2015.||Full set delivered by early July 2015.|
|6032||Wilson||Delivered to Wilson on June 24, 2015.|
|6033||Wilson||Delivered to Wilson on June 24, 2015.|
|6036||Wilson||Delivered to Wilson on July 9, 2015.|
|67||6041||Wilson||Full set delivered by end of August 2015.|
|68||6051||Wilson||Full set delivered by early September 2015.|
|69||6061||Wilson||Full set delivered by end of October 2015.|
|70||6071||Wilson||Full set delivered in November 2015.|
|71||6081||Wilson||Full set delivered by end of November 2015.|
|72||6091||Wilson||Full set delivered in May 2016.|
|74||6111||Wilson||Full set delivered by September 2016.|
|75||6121||Wilson||Delivered on September 30, 2016||Full set delivered by end of October 2016.|
|6122||Wilson||Delivered on September 30, 2016|
|6123||Wilson||Delivered on September 30, 2016|
|6124||Wilson||Delivered on October 20, 2016|
|6125||Wilson||Delivered on October 20, 2016|
|6126||Wilson||Delivered on October 20, 2016|
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- Kalinowski, Tess (12 November 2011) Technology takes over for iconic TTC voice. Toronto Star (Toronto). Retrieved on 2011-11-18
- Kalinowski, Tess (25 September 2011). Wheelchair users can’t always roll onto the Rocket. Toronto Star (Toronto). Retrieved on 2011-12-17
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