The TTC says today’s rush hour is going to be a mess for streetcar riders

The TTC says today’s rush hour is going to be a mess for streetcar riders

(Image: John Maynard) (Image: John Maynard)
 

The TTC has just announced that it’s going to be short about 50 streetcars during this evening’s commute (there are normally 195 on duty) because of today’s extreme cold. The problem is in the pneumatics that allow drivers to control the doors and brakes: today’s ridiculously chilly air has been causing them to freeze. The TTC’s press release says buses will be added to certain routes to help make up the difference. In response to the revelation that streetcars in this winter-heavy city can’t handle winter temperatures, TTC spokesman Brad Ross was quick to tweet that the TTC’s next-generation streetcars, set to start serving riders in August, won’t suffer from these types of problems.