The Government of Ontario announced a significant milestone in the expansion of transit services in the Greater Toronto Area with the first piece of track for the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) project now installed.
The 19-kilometre Eglinton Crosstown LRT, which will open in 2021, will connect Mount Dennis Station in the west with Kennedy Station in the east, and includes a 10-kilometre underground portion between Keele Street and Laird Drive, and 25 stations and stops that will link to bus routes, three subway stations, three GO Transit lines, and the Union Pearson Express.
Construction crews installed a “turnout track”—part of the 8.5 kilometre track system that will move vehicles through Mount Dennis Station and adjoining maintenance and storage facility. The facility is the first major component of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project scheduled for completion and will be finished in 2018.
“The installation of the first piece of track is a significant milestone for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project,” said Steven Del Duca, Ontario minister of transportation. “It is exciting to see how far we’ve come since work began in 2011. The Eglinton Crosstown LRT will bring 19 kilometres of new rapid transit across the City of Toronto. This investment will provide fast, efficient, and reliable transit for residents, commuters and visitors in Toronto.”
When fully operational, the LRT will carry an estimated 5,500 passengers per hour in the peak direction, speeding up commutes and helping people get where they need to go faster and with greater convenience.
The Eglinton Crosstown LRT, #4 on ReNew Canada’s 2017 Top100 Projects list, has a total design-build-finance-maintain cost of $9.1 billion.