New Subway trains

About the new Toronto Rocket subway trains

Ride the TTC's new accessible subway trains on the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway.

Delivery of 70 accessible train sets (420 cars), from Bombardier Transportation in Thunder Bay, is scheduled to take up to three years to complete.

These trains will replace the TTC’s oldest subway cars, most of which date from the 1970s, and will allow the TTC to meet future ridership demands once the Spadina Subway Extension opens for revenue service.

The Toronto Rockets, and the re-signalling of the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway, will ultimately allow the TTC to improve subway train headways (time between trains) up to 90 seconds, as well as carry more people.

The TTC’s new subway trains are a “six-car-fixed” configuration with open gangways and which will enable riders to move freely from one end to the other.  Each train is comprised of two cab cars (one at each end) plus four non-cab cars.

Toronto Rocket trains are equipped with evacuation ramps at each end of the train. These detrainment devices can be easily deployed in a matter of seconds to allow for quick and easy evacuation.

The new fleet of Toronto Rocket subway trains is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto.

Vehicle specifications

Fleet class: Toronto Rocket

Number of cars: 420

Fleet numbers: 5381-6076

Seating (perch seat included):  64 seated (cab car), 68 (non-cab car)

Standing: 199 (average)

Length: 23.190 m

Height: 3.137 m

Weight: 205,000 kg

Maximum design speed: 88 km/h

Overview and Key Features

Safety features

Comprehensive on-board security system

24 closed-circuit cameras (4 per car) are mounted on the ceiling to record activity on the train. In an emergency, passengers can use one of 36 alarm intercoms (6 per car) to communicate with the operator or guard.

Antimicrobial Surface Treatment

The interior surfaces are treated with Bombardier’s Antimicrobial Surface Treatment Program. This proven technology helps create a healthier and safer environment for commuters, travelers and employees as it prevents the spread of influenza and other viruses, as well as moulds that deteriorate vehicles and transit facilities.

Safety monitors

18 video screens (3 per car) are used to display information on the use of the emergency intercom system, location of the alarm devices, and the safe entry and exit of the subway trains.

Accessibility features

Wheelchair/scooter areas

Each car has two accessible areas (12 per train) for wheelchairs, scooters and mobility devices. These multi-purpose areas are equipped with individual fold-down seats that may also accommodate strollers, bicycles, large items, etc.

Guide strips

Contrasting colour and tactile flooring strips embedded into the floor covering assist sight-restricted passengers to locate doorways and the main center walking aisle. A portion of the stanchions and hand holds are also colour contrasted to make them easier to locate and grasp.

Passenger entrance doorway

Wide doors offer better access for passenger flow. Furthermore, the access to the wheelchair/scooter areas is enhanced by the elimination of its adjacent windscreen.

Exterior accessibility indicators

Decals, access symbols and blue lights (2 per car) are mounted on the exterior of the train to indicate the most suitable doorways for passengers using wheelchairs, scooters or mobility devices.

End Detrainment Device

The new Toronto Rocket subway trains are equipped with evacuation ramps at each end of the train. These innovative End Detrainment Devices can be deployed by the train operator in a matter of seconds to allow for quick and easy evacuation.

The full-length open design of the train and an extra-wide cab door facilitate passenger access to the End Detrainment Device during an emergency.

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