Eglinton Crosstown LRT

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Ranking for 2014: 5

Industry Sector: Transit

Specific Sector: LRT

Range: $5 billion +

Project Value: $9,100,000,000

Provincial: $9.1 billion

Government Funds Involved: In November 2015, it was announced the total value of the project over 30 years was $9.1 billion, with capital costs at $5.3 billion.

Funding Source: Public

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2021


This light-rail transit line will run along Toronto’s Eglinton Avenue between Mount Dennis (Weston Road) and Kennedy Station. Part of the Government of Ontario’s light-rail transit plan for the city, this 19-kilometre corridor will include an 11-kilometre underground portion between Keele Street and Laird Drive. When running at street level, the line will carry passengers in dedicated right-of-way transit lanes separate from regular traffic with priority signalling at intersections. Travelling at an average speed of 28 km/h, it will link to 54 bus routes, three subway stations, and various GO Transit lines. The capacity of the LRT vehicles is 15,000 passengers per hour per direction, with the flexibility to easily remove or add cars. Projected ridership is 5,400 passengers per hour in the peak direction by 2031.

In August of 2017, the project reached a major milestone with the laying of the first piece of track, part of a turnout track connecting Mount Dennis station with the storage and maintenance facility. Construction of the Eglinton maintenance and storage facility (EMSF) at Black Creek Drive achieved substantial completion in October of 2018 and vehicle readiness followed a month later, in anticipation of the first vehicle delivery.

The overall project’s construction is scheduled to be completed in 2021.


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