Tunnelling is now complete on the 10-kilometre underground tunnel of the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) line.
Tunnel boring machines (TBMs) Don and Humber, boring the eastern segment tunnels, arrived at Yonge Street having travelled 3,300 metres from where they started just east of Brentcliffe Road in September 2015. In total, Don and Humber installed 26,178 precast concrete tunnel segments, which formed 4,363 rings. TBMs Dennis and Lea completed tunnelling on the western segment of the Crosstown when they reached Yonge Street in May 2016.
“Having our east tunnel boring machines reach Yonge Street is another exciting progress milestone for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project,” said Bruce McCuaig, president and CEO, Metrolinx. “With tunnelling now complete for both the east and west segments of the line and construction underway on many underground stations, our vision of a modern, integrated transit line in Toronto that connects to three subway stations, three GO stations, and an UP Express station is even closer to becoming a reality.”
New, modern light rail vehicles operating on tracks separated from regular traffic will offer fast, efficient service and improve travel for people across the region by enabling travel up to 60 per cent faster than existing bus service. The Eglinton Crosstown LRT will also help fight climate change by managing greenhouse gas emissions from Ontario’s transportation sector. The new LRT line will have 25 stations and stops along Eglinton Avenue between Weston Road and Kennedy Station, and will also link to 54 bus routes, three TTC interchange subway stations, and GO Transit.
Construction shoring is now underway on three Crosstown stations, including Keelesdale, Laird and Avenue, with preparatory demolition work underway, near completion or completed at Chaplin, Fairbank, Forest Hill, Mount Pleasant, Mount Dennis, Laird, Keelesdale, Avenue, Oakwood, Science Centre, Eglinton and Leaside.