Moving Forward on the Eglinton Crosstown
Ontario Government Improving Public Transit, Creating Jobs
Ontario is taking another step forward in the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT to help ease congestion and create thousands of jobs.
Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have released a request for proposals to Crosslinx Transit Solutions and Crosstown Transit Partners, the teams short-listed to design, build, finance and maintain the Crosstown line, including its stations and integrated system of trackwork, signaling and communications infrastructure.
The teams will now begin preparing their proposals, which must include plans for increasing apprenticeship training, creating significant opportunities for local companies to participate, ensuring design excellence and providing community benefits such as minimizing the effect of construction on traffic and adjacent businesses. The winning proposal is expected to be chosen next winter.
Many local design firms are represented on the teams and more will be involved when the winning proposal is implemented. It is estimated that the project will create thousands of jobs during construction.
Building transit and easing congestions is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- The successful team will be responsible for maintaining the stations and trackwork over a 30-year period.
- The new LRT line will run about 19 kilometres along Eglinton Avenue and will include up to 25 stations. More than 10 kilometres will be underground, from approximately Keele Street to Laird Avenue.
- The Crosstown is expected to carry 5,400 passengers during peak travel times and will carry 15,000 passengers per hour per direction. Service is expected to begin by 2020.
- Tunnelling from the west launch shaft area near Black Creek Drive to Yonge-Eglinton station began in June 2013.
- According to a 2013 Conference Board of Canada report, each $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts gross domestic product by $114 million, particularly in the construction and manufacturing sectors.
- The next wave of Metrolinx’s Big Move projects is expected to create between 800,000 and 900,000 jobs.
- Since 2003, Ontario has invested more than $19.3 billion in public transit in Ontario, including $9.1 billion in GO Transit.
“We are moving forward on the province’s largest public transit construction project in more than half a century. 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.”
“This project represents the largest transit investment in Canada, bringing 19 kilometres of light rail transit to Toronto and connecting the east and west ends of Eglinton Avenue. The Crosstown will provide an integral transit service for commuters, while helping to improve the efficiency of public transit in the Toronto area.”