A tractor moves a concrete barrier while working on the Crosstown project.

Infographic – How light rail transit is being built on the surface for Toronto’s Crosstown line

For those who live and work around construction of Toronto’s Crosstown LRT project, the most obvious – and visible – progress takes place at the surface. But amid the clamour and construction – as residents and businesses patiently wait for the line to be finished – it’s easy to not notice the different stages of the build. So, as part of our continuing Crosstown Progress series, we’ve broken it down for you here.

We know you have questions in life.

“Do I have enough saved for retirement?”

“Do the Raptors have what it takes to really do this?”

And: “Sure, it’s technically called an in-law suite, but do I want them living with us for an entire month?”

The list of queries goes on and on, but doesn’t likely include: “What are the stages of building a surface light rail transit (LRT) line?”

A tractor moves a concrete barrier while working on the Crosstown project.
An example of the heavy lifting that takes place at ground-level to create a path for LRT rails.

But as the Crosstown LRT build continues along Toronto’s Eglinton Avenue, we know neighbourhood residents and local workers are familiar with the sight of Crosslink Transit Solutions crews – Metrolinx’s constructor on the 19 kilometre rapid transit system – toiling on the line. And as drivers and pedestrians see the effort daily, and put up with the noise and traffic disruptions needed, we thought we’d come up with an infographic than breaks down how those crews manage guideway construction.

So while that extended stay by your in-laws may be more pressing, the work you see taking place on the LRT is timely – and pretty impressive.

If on your device, the graphic below is too difficult to read, hit the link below:

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To see an example of this staging taking place, take a look at a previous story in our Crosstown Progress series. Just click here.