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TTC welcomes DIY streetcar designers

TTC officials have already committed $1.2 billion to buying Toronto new streetcars. Now they want your two cents on how those vehicles should look.

TTC officials have already committed $1.2 billion to buying Toronto new streetcars. Now they want your two cents on how those vehicles should look.

Sick of red and cream? Think “Rocket” is a dumb name for a streetcar that leaves you on the curb?

Riders are being invited to complete a survey, offer interior and exterior colour suggestions, proffer name suggestions or even volunteer to be part of a focus group.

The 204 cars, which will replace the downtown fleet, arrive for testing next year and go into service in 2013.

The website includes black-and-white renderings of the streetcars and their interiors, which can be downloaded and coloured in. It also explains how earlier generations of streetcars got their names and invites riders to submit their ideas for this one.

It was, after all, a TTC rider who chose Toronto Rocket as the name for the new subway cars coming later this year.

Although most of the major design is decided, including the seat layout, “there are some finer details” still to be determined, said the TTC’s Kevin Seto. There will be inside bike racks, for instance, but whether vertical or horizontal isn’t decided.

“The whole exterior paint scheme is up for grabs,” he said.

Seat fabric suggestions are welcome, as are preferences for the entire interior colour scheme.

Five industrial, interior design and transit experts will choose among the suggestions and bring top ideas back to the website for more discussion.

The new cars will carry about 270 riders versus 132 on the existing CRVs. And the old pull-cord stop indicators will be replaced with push-buttons, said Stephen Lam, superintendent of light rail engineering.

 
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