Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx reached an agreement with Hitachi Rail’s Connect 6ix consortium, including Plenary Americas, Webuild S.p.A., NGE, IBI Group, Transdev Canada, Japan Infrastructure Initiative Company Limited, to transform Toronto’s mass transit network via the 15,6 km Ontario Line subway project, consisting of a new fleet of driverless subway trains that will run up to every 90 seconds through heart of the city, and of systems, operations and maintenance (RSSOM) package.
The trains, moving up to 30,000 people per hour in each direction and stopping in 15 stations, will be packed with the latest technology and feature, and GFG Rail was commissioned by Hitachi Rail to take care of concept and preliminary design, and to realize the final design book and the video animation.
Our design idea was that a contemporary vehicle projected towards the future must be characterized by a safe yet iconic appearance. Taking into account its life cycle, the simplicity of the lines and the purity of its surfaces deliver an elegant essentiality that projects it into the future avoiding complicated and flamboyant traits.
Technical details such as the LED headlights, the external light guides and the regular cut of the windshield characterize the front end, giving it a sober and eternal personality. The oblique lines and the chromatic scan enhance its dynamic character, along with the wide dark central band and the two color-contrasting pillars.
The regular surfaces of the exterior side walls offer an excellent basis for characterizing the vehicle, also with possible wrappings. The vehicle will be recognized and appreciated even in the parts of the external lines that will see it integrated into the urban context of the City of Toronto.
The train layout and the different types of seats and configurations provide maximum capacity and flexibility. Any passenger can find the best place for their journey thanks to the uniform distribution of specific areas.
Each component, in its shape and its positioning in space, has been defined to provide the best and most efficient and comfortable passenger experience.