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Tunnel Boring Begins on Eglinton Crosstown

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Tunnel Boring Begins on Eglinton Crosstown

Ontario Government Improving Public Transit, Creating Jobs

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is moving forward with the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT -- the province's largest public transit construction project in more than half a century -- to help ease congestion and create thousands of jobs. 

The first pair of tunnel boring machines, named Dennis and Lea, will start digging the underground portion of the line eastward from Black Creek Drive. The second pair of tunnel boring machines, Don and Humber, will dig from just west of Leslie Street heading west toward Yonge and Eglinton. The machines will bore a little more than 10 kilometres of LRT tunnel at a rate of approximately 10 to 15 metres a day.

The new LRT line will run about 19 kilometres along Eglinton Avenue and will include up to 25 stations. More than 10 kilometres, from approximately Keele Street to Laird Avenue, will be underground.

Investing in public transit is part of the new Ontario government's plan to help reduce gridlock, strengthen communities and create jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In November 2012, Metrolinx held an online contest to select names for the four tunnel boring machines needed to dig the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line. Dennis and Lea represent the neighbourhoods of Mount Dennis and Leaside, and Don and Humber represent the Don and Humber Rivers.
  • The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is expected to be in service by 2020 and will create thousands of jobs.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested more than $16.1 billion in public transit in Ontario, including $7.7 billion in GO Transit.

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“Our government is moving forward with the largest transit investment in a generation to get the region moving. The new Eglinton Crosstown LRT line will get commuters to work, school and play faster than ever before — up to 60 per cent faster than today.”

Glen Murray

Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure

“This is great news for residents in my riding. When completed, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line will provide residents with better opportunities for jobs and a better quality of life as the line connects them to the rest of the city and improves public transit in York South-Weston.”

Laura Albanese

MPP for York South-Weston

“The Eglinton Crosstown will link to 54 local bus routes, three TTC interchange subway stations, and GO Transit, providing customers with a fast, reliable, and seamless transit experience. The Crosstown is an example of The Big Move in action and a project that will help transform the region’s transportation system by expanding the regional transit network.”

Bruce McCuaig

president and CEO, Metrolinx

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