TTC's legacy CLRV streetcars making their last run next month

Nov 21 2019, 12:18 pm

Forty-two years after first arriving in Toronto, the TTC’s Canadian Light Rail Vehicle (CLRV) streetcars will be making their last run next month.

According to the TTC, their older streetcars will run until Sunday, December 29.

And the TTC is giving a chance for transit enthusiasts to win a spot on the final ride.

From November 24 through December 28, CLRVs will operate on 511 Bathurst seven days a week with additional CLRVs deployed as extra service on 501 Queen on weekends only between Roncesvalles and Greenwood Ave, said the TTC.

And on December 29 from 10 am to 2 pm, two of the streetcars will run as free service between Bathurst St and Greenwood Ave to commemorate the final day of service.

The final ride, which is for contest winners, runs from Wolseley Loop at Bathurst St to Russell Carhouse at Greenwood Ave.

Those wishing to be part of the historic last ride must enter the contest through the TTC’s Facebook and Instagram pages from December 2 to December 6.


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The first CLRV streetcar arrived on property on December 29, 1977, and entered service on September 30, 1979, on the 507 Long Branch route.

The final CLRV was delivered in 1982.

The TTC said that in total, they purchased 196 CLRV streetcars, supplemented in 1988 by an additional 52 Articulated Light Rail Vehicles (ALRVs), which were nearly double the length of the CLRV. The last of the ALRV fleet was officially retired in September.

This fleet is being replaced by 204 Bombardier low-floor streetcars.