Eglinton Crosstown LRT trains starting to arrive in Toronto

Jan 9 2019, 11:29 pm

The first of the Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) vehicles rolled through Toronto this week, bound for Metrolinx’s new Eglinton maintenance and storage facility.

Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins told Daily Hive the new facility is substantially complete and ready to receive the vehicles.

Aikins said over the coming weeks, the first Crosstown vehicle will undergo testing, including static, safety, and communications tests.

This will be followed by the start of “dynamic testing of the LRV and vehicle to infrastructure integration activities.”

Under the new contract, Bombardier is manufacturing 76 light rail vehicles for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project. This contract includes a commitment to Metrolinx for the completion of the preliminary acceptance certificate of the first six vehicles by February 2019.

Photo from Metrolinx of LRV after its arrival at the maintenance facility 

The Eglington Crosstown is a light rail transit line that will run along Eglinton Avenue between Mount Dennis and Kennedy Station. The 19-kilometre corridor will include a 10-kilometre underground portion, between Keele Station and Laird Drive, according to Metrolinx.

The LRT route will have up to 25 stations and stops and it will link to 54 bus routes, three subway stations and various GO Transit lines.

Track for the $5.3 billion dollar project was first laid in August 2017, and it is slated to open to the public in 2021.

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