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TTC to debut new subway trains Thursday

Subway commuters will soon have a more comfortable ride as the TTC is set to launch its new “rocket” train Thursday.

The first of the new sleek subway trains will go into service at 10 a.m. at Downsview station.

The new “rockets” will have about 10 per cent more capacity — they should hold an additional 120 riders — and will help alleviate some crowding. The TTC promises a smooth and comfortable ride.

The cars have larger doorways and passengers will be able to easily walk from one end of the train to the other.

The poles on the trains are also coated with an anti-microbial layer and closed-circuit cameras and other emergency features have been installed for increased security.

There is also more space for wheelchairs and strollers.

The trains will eventually be running on automatic train control signal system that will allow more vehicles on the line.

They were originally slated to hit the rails in December 2010. That launch date was eventually pushed to June 2011, which came and went with no new trains.

Seventy trains will eventually be rolled out, first on the Yonge-University-Spadina line.