There have been some form of electric streetcars or trams operating in Toronto since 1892. Initially they were under the auspices of the Toronto Railway Company; the Toronto Transportation Commission (now the Toronto Transit Commission or the TTC) took over in 1920 and has continued to operate the streetcars / trams / light rail vehicles since then.
Transit fans will remember the Canadian Light Rail Vehicles (CLRV), perhaps fondly. These vehicles were built in Switzerland and later Thunder Bay, Ontario and began operation in 1979. They ran for 40 years and the last run was December 29, 2019.
They were replaced by the Bombardier Flexity Outlook streetcar, which began operation in Toronto in 2014. These 200+ vehicles are numbered 4400 to 4603 and operate throughout Toronto. When I was in Toronto in August 2021, I photographed several of them in operation.
I took photos of them when I saw them but I can’t tell you where I was, except that we spent a lot of time on Yonge Street and/or College.
There are a lot of tracks in the downtown area. I saw a few that seem to be disconnected.
Since we had our van, I never rode any of these. I expect that will change on our next visit.
The TTC is currently building Line 5 Eglinton, which will use the Bombardier Flexity Freedom LRV – the same vehicle used on the ION rapid transit system in Kitchener-Waterloo. It will run aboveground for most of the 19 km route, although the central part will be underground.
For the bus fans, I photographed TTC bus 8949, which is one of 245 diesel buses manufactured by Nova Bus.
If you’re interested in Toronto’s transit system, the Transit Toronto site is an excellent resource.