Aug. 17, 2016

Eglinton Crosstown LRT

A light rail transit line across Eglinton Avenue from Mount Dennis to Kennedy Station

The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is a 19-kilometre east-west rapid transit line that will run along Eglinton Avenue from Mount Dennis (Weston Road) in the west to Kennedy subway station in the east - Approximately 10 kilometres of the central portion of the transit line will be tunneled underground - The remaining portion will continue on the surface eastward in a dedicated right-of-way, separate from traffic

The Crosstown will reduce travel time along Eglinton and will link to 54 bus routes, three interchange subway stations, and GO Transit - All Crosstown stations will accept the new PRESTO payment card, and the system, stations, and vehicles will be fully accessible

Construction on the Crosstown is currently underway - In 2010, Metrolinx purchased four tunnel-boring machines - In 2011, construction began on the west launch site at Black Creek Drive and Eglinton Avenue, where the first tunnel boring machine was launched in spring 2013

The Eglinton Crosstown project is fully funded as part of the $8.4 billion commitment from the Province of Ontario to transit expansion in Toronto - As the sole project funder, Metrolinx will own and be responsible for operating the LRT -  The Crosstown project is the largest of the four LRT projects planned in Toronto with a total cost of approximately $5.2 billion (this figure includes project costs east of Ionview Road that had previously been accounted for in the Scarborough RT budget) - The next phase of this project is to connect the Eglinton Crosstown to Toronto Pearson airport - Funding for this extension has not been committed

-        Metrolinx