An Homage to the Scarborough RT: The Sights and Sounds of the SRT
From its opening on March 24, 1985 to its unfortunate early-retirement on July 24, 2023, the Scarborough Rapid Transit (SRT / Scarborough RT) extended the reach of rapid transit beyond the terminus of Bloor–Danforth at Kennedy Station. The line operated through a dedicated guideway with segments underground, elevated and at grade.
The line operated using UDTC ICTS Mark 1 vehicles. Passengers could experience what was once seen as the future of rapid transit, using linear induction motors, semi-automated controls and smaller trains than the TTC Subway lines. At the end of its service life and in need of serious repairs, the decision was made to prepare for its closure on November 19, 2023.
However, a derailment just south of Lawrence East station on July 24, 2023 led to the early termination of service. The current guideway will be dismantled to be converted into a busway until the opening of the Scarborough Extension of Line 2.
Let's celebrate and remember the sights and sounds of the SRT, a rapid transit line with a lot of character and quite a bit of history.
Video by David Bellerive (@DBellerive15), filmed on June 3, 2023.