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TTC takes new streetcar for a spin

The TTC tested out its new streetcar early Thursday morning ahead of the vehicle’s official launch early next year.

The new low-floor streetcar made its maiden voyage, without passengers, from the Hillcrest yards at Bathurst Street and Davenport Road to the Bathurst subway station and back.

Engineers from the TTC and Bombardier — which is building 204 of the vehicles — were on hand for the run to test power, brakes, doors and other mechanics.



They plan to do another test run early Friday morning from Hillcrest to the Exhibition loop and back.

The accessible streetcars will start carrying passengers on the 510 Spadina line in early 2014 and should completely replace the old fleet by 2018.

The cars will be air-conditioned, have room for bikes and use Presto card readers. They will hold 251 passengers — 68 more than current streetcars.