Take the ultimate Eglinton Crosstown reader quiz

How deeply were you paying attention during our recent Crosstown Progress series? We’ve been exploring construction of every stop and station along Toronto’s Eglinton light rail transit route and it’s time to take our test. 

It’s always about the details.

The minutiae and particulars that create a bigger picture.

And when you’re building one of the most sophisticated light rail transit (LRT) projects in North America – getting that job done while working in the middle of and far below Toronto – there are a lot of things to keep track of.

As we’ve rolled out our Crosstown Progress series, we’ve shared some cool facts and figures that combine to be our line. Now we put what we told you to the test. Get onboard to take our quiz.

It’s all for bragging rights, so keep track of your number of correct answers — and let everyone know how smart you are on social media afterwards.

Metrolinx Crosstown LRV arrival 1

Crosstown vehicles are currently in testing at the Eglinton Maintenance and Storage Facility.

1. What’s the total number of stations and stops on the Crosstown LRT line?
25
You’re right.
18
Incorrect.
37
Incorrect.
12
Incorrect.
2. How long is the Crosstown project?
19 kilometres
You’re right.
11 kilometres
Incorrect.
23 kilometres
Incorrect.
10 kilometres
Incorrect.
Crews work along tracks that twist and tun in a complicated pettern.

Rail install continues down the elevated guideway towards the Black Creek Portal, with the first pieces of special track-work going in recently.

3. How much time will customers save in crossing Toronto, versus using traditional streetcar, bus or downtown subway?
Up to 60 per cent
You’re right.
Up to 25 per cent
Incorrect.
Up to 18 per cent
Incorrect.
About the same times, but without the need to change transit vehicles
Incorrect.
4. How far underground will the Eglinton Crosstown LRT travel from Keele Street to Laird Avenue? 
More than 10 kilometres
You’re right.
More than five kilometres
Incorrect.
More than three kilometres
Incorrect.
The entire Crosstown line is underground
Incorrect.
The construction site is shown with its many levels of wood and concrete and steel levels.

Complicated – The many layers of the work are clear in this image.

5. What the estimated capital construction cost of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project?
$5.3-billion
You’re right.
$550-million
Incorrect.
Less than $17-million (Not including land value)
Incorrect.
$235-million
Incorrect.
6. What’s the expected completion date?
2021
You’re right.
2027
Incorrect.
2028
Incorrect.
2032
Incorrect.
First LRV transport

The first Crosstown LRV being delivered on a flatbed truck.

7.  How much soil was excavated for Keelesdale Station? 
Enough to fill 32 Olympic-sized swimming pools
You’re right.
Enough to fill the inside of an average home
Incorrect.
None. It was all turned into cement and reused
Incorrect.
Keelesdale Station is all above-ground
Incorrect.
8. How deep is Avenue Station?  
32 metres below the city
You’re right.
17 metres below the city
Incorrect.
22 metres below the city
Incorrect.
41 metres below the city
Incorrect.
Large metal sections are built inside a tunnel.

This structure at Laird is impressive, but it’s not permanent – it’s the support system being used to construct the archway on the platform roof.

9. What’s the most eastern terminus on the Crosstown line? 
Kennedy Station
You’re right.
Birchmount
Incorrect.
Mount Dennis
Incorrect.
Pickering
Incorrect.
10. Eglinton Station is being built under what iconic Toronto structure? 
The TTC’s existing Line 1 subway platform
You’re right.
The CN Tower
Incorrect.
Toronto’s oldest movie theatre
Incorrect.
A tunnel used during the War of 1812
Incorrect.
Metal supports and rebar line the subsection of construction work.

Strength by design – Rebar progress at Chaplin Station.

11. What was dismantled, piece by piece, to be reused for a doorway to Mount Pleasant Station? 
Part of the old Imperial Bank building
You’re right.
Original, Old Toronto cobblestones
Incorrect.
Control centre of air-raid shelter originally built for civic leaders
Incorrect.
A Banksy art piece painted on a retaining wall in 2014
Incorrect.
12. What prized building was rescued for the building of Chaplin Station? 
 Old Toronto Fire Hall
You’re right.
Old Toronto Postal Office
Incorrect.
Old Toronto Telephone Office
Incorrect.
Old Toronto Facebook Office
Incorrect.
Inside a large cavern, machinery works to dig away at holes.

Far below the active street-level, crews and machinery continue to carve out the Earth.

13. To ensure stability of mining activity below Laird Station, this is done to the walls of the tunnels. 
They are rounded
You’re right.
Reinforced with bamboo rods
Incorrect.
Concrete is kept in a special jell-state to flex with movement within the Earth
Incorrect.
Built as a triangle
Incorrect.
14. The Crosstown project is being built by which Metrolinx partner? 
Crosslinx Transit Solutions
You’re right.
Smilin’ Ron’s General Contracting and Basement Work
Incorrect.
The same company that built Mount Rushmore
Incorrect.
Ynapmoclaeraton and Associates
Incorrect.

[June 28] At-Grade

Guideway construction continues to make great progress along the surface section of the Crosstown – pictured is the Hakimi-Lebovic intersection

15. What unsung heroes deserve full credit for having patience and perseverance during construction of the Crosstown project? 
Local residents
You’re right, but for bonus points, there’s more than one right answer.
Local businesses
You’re right, but for bonus points, there’s more than one right answer.
Local pedestrians
You’re right, but for bonus points, there’s more than one right answer.
The good people of Iceland. 
The only wrong answer.
Those driving through our construction areas
You’re right, but for bonus points, there’s more than one right answer.

Now that you’ve taken the quiz, don’t forget to share your results, as well as this quiz on social media.