Local jobs on Eglinton light rail?

The next stage in building the Eglinton Crosstown LRT has begun, with requests having gone out to two companies for proposals on the building, financing and maintenance of the line, its tracks and 25 stations, as well as the signaling and communications network.

In late December, Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx put out a request for proposals to Crosslinx Transit Solutions and Crosstown Transit Partners.

Among the prerequisites, their proposals are expected to include plans for creating opportunities for local companies to participate in the process and for minimizing the effects of construction on the community.

The winning team will be chosen next winter.

The 19-km Crosstown line, running from Mount Dennis in the west to Kennedy subway station in the east, is expected to be open in 2020.

Crosstown Numbers

[list][*]19 – Length of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT in kilometres, with the majority of it underground.[*]25 – Number of stations[*]5,400 – Number of passengers carried at once during peak travel times[*]15,000 – Number of passengers carried per hour in each direction during peak travel times[*]2020 – Year line scheduled to open.[/list]