Ontario’s public transit agency, Metrolinx, has released a report that establishes how it will proceed with construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. After Toronto Mayor Rob Ford unilaterally cancelled Transit City, the Ontario government, through Metrolinx, agreed to put all of the transit money dedicated to Toronto into one project, the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown LRT.
This project amalgamated the Eglinton LRT and Scarborough RT conversion to LRT and put the entirety of the Eglinton portion underground. However, with the recent shift in support at Toronto’s city council to go back to a focus on LRT, rather than the subways advocated for by the mayor, Metrolinx will again proceed with the Eglinton and Scarborough projects separately.
For the Eglinton portion of the LRT system Metrolinx will continue with the Design, Bid, Build (DBB) tenders for tunnel construction, which will be starting in late summer 2012. However, the DBB format will only be used for tunnel construction, the remainder of the project will be examined by Infrastructure Ontario to consider the feasibility of delivering the remainder of the project through an Alternative Financing and Procurement program.
The report also describes the progress that has been made to date on the project. This includes the purchasing of the old Kodak Lands for a LRT storage and maintenance yard, the start of construction on the tunnel boring machine launch site, along with the ordering of the LRT vehicles, tunnel liners, tunnel boring machines, and extensive geotechnical testing.