23,000 reasons why – Toronto’s Crosstown rapid transit line nears halfway point

When completed, Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) project will bring 25 new stations & stops and 19 kilometres of new transit to the city. It takes a whole lot of tracks to build a new transit line that goes from one end of Toronto to the other. Even in the winter weather, crews have been hard at work laying the much needed foundation for the Crosstown LRT. All soon leading to a huge milestone.

It’s hard to imagine just how much track is needed to build a new transit line across Toronto.

Picture 41 CN Towers laying nose to tail or 71 full length GO trains stacked end to end. That adds up to about 23,000 metres. And that’s about half the length of steel needed to complete the track installation for the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) route.

Early this year, the Crosstown will hit the 50 per cent mark of track installation.

The picture shows power towers lining the rail-lines.

The overhead catenary system that will power the light rail vehicles. (Photo by Crosslinx Transit Solutions)

Tracks are being installed in tunnels deep under the city, on massive elevated guideways and along street level. When it’s all said and done, there will be more than 46,000 metres of track from one end of the LRT to the other.

In 2020, tracks aren’t the only big thing happening for Toronto’s newest transit line.

This year will also see the completion of more intersection construction, vehicle testing, plus some of the Crosstown’s 25 stations and stops will start wrapping up construction.

Mount Dennis Station is the farthest along, with the interior of the station already getting finishing touches.

Mining has been completed on Oakwood and Laird stations, with Avenue station to follow very soon.

Watch for news about the final completion of Mount Dennis station, as well as progress at other stations throughout 2020.

You can’t have a new transit line without vehicles. The new fleet of light rail vehicles (LRVs) will also start making an appearance as testing starts in 2020.

Keep an eye out for them rolling between Mount Dennis station and Caledonia station in the new year.

Click here to read our full story on the vehicle testing.

As progress continues along the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, construction crews are working nonstop to bring Toronto 19km of brand new rapid transit.

Erica D’Urbano, Metrolinx senior advisor, rapid transit