People living near the Eglinton corridor can expect one more year of that short-term pain before the long-term gain that is the Crosstown LRT will be completed.
Metrolinx pushed the opening date back a year, now saying the new transit line running along Eglinton Avenue from Weston Road to Kennedy subway station will open in September 2021.
The project is expected to have 25 stops with 10 km of its 19 km buried underground. The midtown area will have seven stops stretching from Bathurst Street in the west to Laird Drive in the east.
The Crosstown is a $5.3 billion project funded by Metrolinx, the province of Ontario’s transit body, and is the biggest transit expansion project in Toronto’s history.
When completed, the project will see passengers carried on light rail trains that run in dedicated lanes along the centre of Eglinton Avenue like the streetcars on St. Clair Avenue.
Metrolinx predicts the trains will run much faster than buses and slightly faster than the subway in the downtown core, with the total time along the entire route being almost half of what it would take on a bus today.
About this article: