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Ontario Reducing Emissions on Eglinton Crosstown LRT

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Ontario Reducing Emissions on Eglinton Crosstown LRT

New Energy Storage Facility Will Also Increase Reliability for Commuters and Families

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is partnering with Toronto Hydro to build an innovative energy storage system that will provide back-up power to the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) line, which will increase reliability, lower operating costs and reduce emissions.

Arthur Potts, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, and Laura Albanese, MPP for York South-Weston, were in the Mount Dennis community today to announce that Ontario and Toronto Hydro have awarded the contract to design and build the new facility.

The facility will be located at the site of the future Mount Dennis Station and LRT maintenance and storage facility, currently under construction. It will store energy generated at night during off-peak hours and supply energy the following day to reduce peak energy use and lower the Crosstown's overall emissions and operating costs. The facility will also provide emergency power to the Crosstown in the event of a power interruption, creating a better experience for transit riders. 

The 19-kilometre Eglinton Crosstown LRT will include 25 stations and stops that will link to 54 bus routes, three subway stations, three GO Transit lines and the UP Express. The line will be completed by 2021, connecting Mount Dennis in the west with Kennedy Station in the east, with a 10-kilometre underground portion between Keele Street and Laird Drive.

Building public transit is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation. 

Quick Facts

  • Toronto Hydro has entered into an agreement with Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES) to design and build the battery energy storage facility for the Crosstown.
  • Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

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“The Backup Battery Energy Storage Facility project will support the operation of the Crosstown while addressing residents’ concerns about air quality in their community. This project is an example of an innovative partnership between the government and the community—one that fulfills our mutual commitment to a cleaner, more sustainable future for Ontario.”

Arthur Potts

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation

“Today’s announcement is good news for Mount Dennis. Our community has advocated for a sustainable, creative solution since the beginning of Crosstown construction. The battery energy storage facility will provide a reliable power source for the LRT without increasing greenhouse gas emissions.”

Laura Albanese

MPP for York South-Weston

“Toronto Hydro is pleased to be part of this project—delivering an innovative, integrated energy solution that provides backup and reliable power to this important mass transit project. The battery energy storage system is an example of the kind of innovative energy solutions we need as we create the energy grid of the future.”

Anthony Haines

President and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Hydro

“Metrolinx is excited to be part of this collaborative, innovative solution for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT with Toronto Hydro. The battery energy storage facility reflects Metrolinx’s commitment to the community, the project, and the province. Providing safe, reliable and accessible public transit brings environmental benefits, and we are pleased to be providing this sustainable energy solution.”

Phil Verster

President and CEO, Metrolinx

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