In the long-awaited update scheduled for 9 am today, Metrolinx officials are set to shed light on the most challenging phase of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT construction project. This eagerly anticipated tour comes after years of construction hurdles and persistent delays, particularly around the intersection of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue.
The ambitious 19-kilometre, 25-station light rail transit line has faced its fair share of obstacles since its commencement in 2011. Despite being over 97 percent complete, the project has encountered difficulties, most notably near the Eglinton station. The recent removal of road restrictions along the route is a positive sign, but challenges persist.
It’s worth recalling the historical context of Eglinton’s transit saga, which traces back to the original Eglinton Subway. Closed by the Mike Harris government, it’s a testament to Toronto’s resilience that the city remains optimistic amid delays.
This update marks the first time in nearly two years that reporters will be granted a glimpse inside a station to assess the progress firsthand. The agenda for the day includes an update on construction, permits, testing, and commissioning issues. While many are eager for a definitive opening date, Metrolinx CEO Verster remains cautious, emphasizing that the line’s safety and reliability take precedence. With fingers crossed for positive news, Toronto continues to await the long-anticipated opening of the Eglinton Crosstown, now slated for 2024 after a series of setbacks involving construction, the pandemic, and legal challenges.
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