Toronto Transit Commission Thursday placed its first Toronto Rocket subway cars into revenue service in Canada’s largest city, with a six-car train expected to make the first run shortly after the end of the morning rush.
The six-car consist is one of several trains already received by TTC from Bombardier Transportation paid for by the city of Toronto, Ontario province, and the federal government in roughly equal shares. TTC has ordered 420 cars, or roughly 70 train consists, at a cost of C$1 billion.
Delivery originally was to begin in late 2009, but was delayed when a component manufacturer involved in production declared bankruptcy. Last October the first Toronto Rockets were delivered to TTC, which began testing prior to introducing the equipment into revenue service.
Bombardier expects to complete delivery in November 2013.