Last night I was waiting for the subway when one of the Toronto Transit Commission’s new Toronto Rocket trains entered the station. After weeks of hearing about these ultra-modern trains that started running back in July, I was excited to finally have the opportunity to ride in one.
However, as the train got closer, I could see the “out of service” sign. It was near the end of rush hour, so perhaps they were removing the extra trains from service. I couldn't help but wonder: why not park one of the older trains and keep this shiny new one running for the evening?
As the train passed by, I noticed there was yellow emergency tape blocking all the doors – could it be that these highly publicized new trains are already suffering mechanical problems after only two months in service? At a cost of $18.2 million per train, let’s hope not!