Ontario Reaches Major Milestone on Eglinton Crosstown LRT Construction
Province Building More Transit for Commuters and Families in Toronto
Ontario is one step closer to bringing better transit to people across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with the first piece of track for the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) project now installed.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation and Laura Albanese, MPP for York South-Weston were at the future site of Mount Dennis Station and the LRT maintenance and storage facility today to mark the milestone.
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.
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.
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- 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.
- Ontario is fully funding the Eglinton Crosstown LRT to expand transit in the City of Toronto, with an investment of $5.3 billion.
- The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is being delivered as an Alternative Financial and Procurement (AFP) project, using the design-build-finance-maintain model.
“The installation of the first piece of track is a significant milestone for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project. 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.”
“The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is going to transform how people in Mount Dennis and all along Eglinton Avenue travel in the City of Toronto. I am very excited to see the progress which has been made on the new LRT.”
“Impressive progress is being made on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project every day. Once complete in 2021, the Crosstown line will transform the transit system in Toronto and create needed connections to the GTHA regional network.”