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Moving Forward on the Eglinton Crosstown

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Moving Forward on the Eglinton Crosstown

Ontario Government Improving Public Transit, Creating Jobs

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is taking another step 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. 

A second construction contract has been awarded to begin tunnelling from east of Brentcliffe Road to just east of Yonge Street. Work is scheduled to begin early next year.

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. The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is expected to be in service by 2020.

As announced in the Ontario government's Fall Economic Statement, the province is planning to proceed with eleven new infrastructure and real estate projects, including the Sheppard LRT and Highway 427 extension. Together, it's estimated that these projects have the potential to support more than 18,000 jobs on average each year over the next seven years.

Building transit helps create jobs now and in the future and helps people move safely and more easily. This is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate. 

Quick Facts

  • The $177 million construction contract was awarded to Aecon Dragados Joint Venture.
  • Light rail vehicles can travel as fast as 80km/hr. On average, the Crosstown vehicles will travel at 28km/hr.
  • The Crosstown is expected to carry 5,400 passengers during peak travel times and will carry 15,000 passengers per hour per direction.
  • Tunnelling from the west launch shaft area near Black Creek Drive to Yonge-Eglinton station began in June 2013.
  • Light rail transit is a proven technology that is used around the world, including extremely cold places such as Edmonton, Calgary and Minneapolis.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested more than $19.3 billion in public transit in Ontario, including $9.1 billion in GO Transit.

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“We are moving forward on the biggest investment in public transit in the City of Toronto. 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

“The Eglinton Crosstown is one of The Big Move projects currently under construction in the region. With the award of this contract, Metrolinx continues to make progress on its mandate to transform transit and improve regional connectivity.”

Bruce McCuaig

president and CEO, Metrolinx

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