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TTC offering free rides on vintage streetcar this summer

CityNews | posted Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

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It may be 2016, but the TTC would like to offer you a taste of 1938.

The TTC announced that it is offering free rides in one of two of it’s vintage PCC streetcars every Sunday starting today until Labour Day weekend.

Sunday-only boarding will be available from noon to 5 p.m. on the 509 Harbourfront streetcar route.

“PCC cars will travel from Union Station to the Fleet Loop, providing a scenic view along Queens Quay West. It makes stops at many tourist destinations on Toronto’s waterfront, such as the Ferry Docks, Toronto Music Garden, HTO Park, York Quay Centre, Stage in the Round, The Power Plant and numerous other attractions,” the TTC said in a statement.

The classic burgundy-and-cream-coloured streetcars were a common sight in Toronto more than 70 years ago and made their debut on the St. Clair route in 1938.

PCC stands for Presidents’ Conference Committee, which was a 1930 North American transit industry committee that developed specifications for new-era streetcars.

The last PCC streetcars were retired from service in 1995. Today, the TTC has two PCC cars it uses for special occasions and charters.

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