The artist's concept sees customers walking along the platform.

More than scratching the surface – Birchmount and Ionview Crosstown stops pave the way on important work

As we approach the final major elements on our continuing Crosstown Progress tour – visiting each platform and stop along Toronto’s light rail transit system – we’re looking at two surface platforms at the far end of the line.

Let’s spend some more time outside, before we go below.

As we inch our way closer to descending into the earth again on the Crosstown progress tour, and reach our final destination, it’s clear that a lot of work has been done for the new transit line. But there’s still a bit more to go down the line.

Birchmount and Ionview are our next two surface stops heading eastbound along the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) line.

The artist rendering looks down at the surface stop, with an approaching light rail transit vehicle approaching.
An artist rendering of the Birchmount stop.

The Crosstown stop at Birchmount will be a surface level stop. The accessible stop will be a parallel side platform, with the stop located on the east side of the intersection of Eglinton Avenue East and Birchmount Road.

Photos shows construction crews putting down bedding for a concrete sleb.
An example of the guideway work that will take place later this summer. This concrete slab will contain the electrical infrastructure and LRT tracks.

Roadway paving work and widening has already begun, with guideway work to begin later this summer.

Just a few blocks east is Ionview stop. Similar to Birchmount, Ionview will also be a surface level accessible stop with a parallel side platform. The stop will be located on the west side of the intersection of Eglinton Avenue East and Ionview Road. Work for Ionview will begin in 2020.

An artist concept looks down on the surface platform, with plenty of greenery around.
An artist view of the Ionview stop. Work will begin next year (2020).

Both Birchmount and Ionview platforms will include a covered waiting area with benches and automated Presto payment machines to pay your fare before you board.

Customes walk the Ionview platform in this artist concept.
A street view of the Ionview stop.

With that, we start to pack up our things as we head back below surface and ride to our final stop. In our next feature – prepare to go below again.

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Story by Erika D’Urbano, Metrolinx communications specialist.