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Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit Line

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Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit Line

Ministry of Transportation

What is the Crosstown?

  • The Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) line will run about 19 kilometres along Eglinton Avenue between Mount Dennis (Weston Road) and Kennedy Station and include up to 25 stations and stops.
  • About 10 kilometres will be tunnelled underground between Keele Street and Laird Drive and will continue east on an at-grade right-of-way lane separated from traffic to Kennedy Station.  
  • The province is investing $5.3 billion toward the construction of the line, which Metrolinx is responsible for building.
  • Construction began in the summer of 2011, and the line is expected to be in service by 2020.

Efficient and Accessible

  • The Crosstown will cut travel time significantly and conveniently link to 54 local bus routes, three TTC interchange subway stations and GO Transit.
  • Travel on the Crosstown from Kennedy Station to Eglinton-Keele is expected to take approximately 38 minutes.
  • All Crosstown stations will accept the PRESTO payment card system.
  • Light rail vehicles will feature low floors and stations will have a main entrance with elevators, making the system accessible to all passengers.

Underground Tunnel

  • Tunnelling is well underway from the west launch site area near Black Creek Drive to Yonge-Eglinton station and construction has also begun at the future tunnel boring launch site east of Brentcliffe Road. Construction of the headwalls, which will form the future underground station boxes, have been completed at Keele and Caledonia, and work has also begun on the future Dufferin and Oakwood stations.
  • Construction is also underway on extraction and launch shafts at Allen Road. These will allow the tunnel boring machines to skip over the TTC subway Line 1 (York-University-Spadina) to ensure it can continue to operate during construction of the LRT line.
  • The machines will bore the more than 10-kilometre LRT tunnel at a rate of approximately 10 metres a day.
  • Each machine is about 81 metres long and weighs 511,000 kilograms. It takes dozens of truckloads to move all of the components. The machines are built by Caterpillar, a Toronto company.

For more information please visit www.thecrosstown.ca.

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