Toronto previews the next generation of Red Rockets.

The Toronto Transit Commission unveiled the next generation of streetcars for the Canadian metropolis with a media event at TTC’s Hillcrest Complex on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Toronto Star reporter Tess Kalinowski offered this comprehensive report including photos and video.

One has to admire Kalinowski’s colorful prose, opening with the assertion that “Toronto’s new ride is a monster,” describing the 30-meter-long Bombardier tram as a “shiny red European-style streetcar” that is “tricked out with panoramic windows, air conditioning and four-door boarding.”

Numbered 4400, the car is the first of 204 vehicles to be built in Thunder Bay under a CDN $1.2 billion order, due to enter revenue service in 2014. The tram debuted today is one of three test cars. Kalinowski reports that “they’ll probably appear first on the 510 Spadina route, though that isn’t firm yet.”

Not present at Thursday’s event? Toronto mayor and streetcar-hater Rob Ford.

Here is coverage from The Toronto Sun and CBC News.

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