Eglinton Crosstown LRT

Rank 2022


Image Credit: Crosslinx Transit Solutions

Industry Sector: Transit

Project Type: LRT

Project Value: $12.259 billion

Funding Source: P3

Provincial Funding: $12,259 billion

Province: Ontario

City / Region: Toronto

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2022

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 signaling 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. The final pieces of trackwork for the project were being installed during the fall of 2021. Installation of the overhead catenary system (the wires that power the trains), train signals, communications systems and other features to enable safe train movement will continue into 2022. By the end of the year, rail will run continuously from the Maintenance and Storage Facility, located on the site of the former Kodak lands, to Kennedy Station.

Project Owner: Metrolinx

Engineer: Jacobs and 4 Transit (WSP, Hatch, and Parsons) (consulting engineer, technical advisor, construction oversight); GHD (consulting); AECOM (consulting engineer, preliminary planning/study, design); Wood (consulting); LEA (design)

Contractor: Design-Build JV: Aecon Infrastructure Management, Dragados Canada, EllisDon, and SNC-Lavalin Constructors (Pacific)

Project/Construction Manager: Procurement Agent: Infrastructure Ontario

P3 Team Members/Project Team: DBFM Team: Crosslinx Transit Solutions—ACS Infrastructure Canada, Aecon, EllisDon, SNC-Lavalin, and Dragados Canada

Other Key Players: AECOM (consulting engineer, preliminary planning/study, design); SENER SES Canada Inc. (technical advisor, railway systems); Aon (risk advisor); Arup (preliminary design work); BTY Group (independent certifier); Caterpillar; Entro; Entuitive (structural eng. consultant); EY (advising gov’t.); EXP (instrumentation and monitoring); Golder (a member of WSP); Hanscomb (preliminary and concept designers’ cost consultant for 7 stations); Infrastructure Ontario; INTECH (insurance advisor); McCormick Rankin; Munro (concrete); Norton Rose Fulbright; Obayashi Canada; Kenny Construction; Kenaidan Contracting; Technicore (contractors); URS/Parsons JV (systems design); WSP (program manager and engineer, GIS); CRH Canada (cement supply); Dufferin Construction (prep work); McMillen Jacobs Associates (independent verifier); Mott MacDonald (track design review and tunnel construction management); Englobe (geotechnical studies); CIMA+ (traffic mgmt. and road safety audits); Morrison Hershfield (transit operations and maintenance advisory services); GHD (traffic mgmt., site civil support); AGAT Labs; Comtech (consulting services); Deloitte; Geosolv; HKA

Financiers and Banks: National Bank Financial and Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets (underwriters); Alberta Treasury Branches; Caisse Centrale Desjardins; Bank of Nova Scotia; Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ; and Toronto-Dominion Bank (mandate lead arrangers); BMO Capital Markets (financial advisor)

Management Consultants: Infrastructure Ontario; Metrolinx; SEG Management Consultants (fairness advisor); EY (transaction advisor); BMO Capital Markets (financial advisor); Aon Risk Solutions (insurance advisor)

Architect Names: Station Architects; IBI Group; NORR Limited Architect & Engineers; DIALOG; Daoust Lestage

Vehicle Supplier Names: Bombardier

Supplier Other: DECAST Ltd. (precast tunnel liner segments); CRH Canada (cement); Canam Group (steel fabricator)

Legal: Blake, Cassels & Graydon (Metrolinx legal advisor); Fasken Martineau DuMoulin (advising lenders to consortium); Borden Ladner Gervais (legal advisor); DLA Piper (Canada); Norton Rose Fulbright; Stikeman Elliott LLP

Road or Transit Length (km): 19

Financing Detail: 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. Each member of the Crosslinx consortium, including related construction and maintenance affiliates, is an equal partner with a 25-percent interest in the equity, development, construction, and maintenance activities of the project. The project is financed through a mix of private equity, bonds, and loans.

2022 Rank: 5

2021 Rank: 5

2020 Rank: 5

2019 Rank: 5

2018 Rank: 5

2017 Rank: 4

2016 Rank: 1

2015 Rank: 5

2014 Rank: 5


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