At 4:30 am, the TTC released one of its brand new 142-person streetcars for a clandestine roll around the transit agency’s Hillcrest facility.
As the Toronto Star noted, this route was chosen to see how the new prototype would handle wide turning, braking and a dip beneath a bridge.
TTC spokesperson Brad Ross told the newspaper, “It was its first trip. We made it a short one, and we were very, very happy with it.”
But why all the cloak and dagger surrounding the maiden voyage?
“We didn’t want a whole lot of attention because we didn’t want to have the added stress of the world watching,” Ross said.
The Bombardier-designed cars are 30.2 metres long, nearly one-third bigger than the current fleet. The first streetcars will go into service on the Spadina line in 2014. By 2019, the new cars will take over routes across the entire city.
If you want to catch a glimpse of the new cars, one of the vehicles will be taking another moonlight drive very soon. Early Friday morning the streetcar will take a longer voyage all the way out to Exhibition Place.
Check out the new pics Ross tweeted of the car in action: