Going where no vehicle has gone before – Eglinton Crosstown LRT vehicle testing reaches eastern milestone

The Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit project has seen plenty of progress as stations and stops are worked on across the Toronto route. But seeing a shiny new transit vehicle move through a tunnel and stop at a station really brings the project to life.  Check out the latest photos of the journey below.

This is where the rubber meets the road – or maybe you could call it the steel hitting the tracks.

Whatever you want to call it, it’s kind of a big deal when actual light rail vehicles (LRVs) travel along the Eglinton Crosstown route.

It makes you realize how far the project has come. No longer is progress confined to artist’s renderings or lines on a map. This is the real deal.

Crews sit in the parked light rail vehicle at Caledonia Station as part of recent testing
Crews sit in the parked light rail vehicle at Keelesdale Station as part of recent testing. (Metrolinx photo)

On its most recent journey, a Crosstown LRV went all the way from Mt Dennis Station through the tunnel to Caledonia Station and back. That’s about 1.3 kilometres each way and marks the furthest east a train has traveled along the Crosstown route so far.

Close up of a Eglinton Crosstown LRV parked at Caledonia Station
A Eglinton Crosstown LRV parked at Keelesdale Station after traveling further east along the transit route than ever before (Metrolinx photo)

Stay up-to-date on the latest LRV journeys and general Crosstown progress by following @CrosstownTO on Twitter.

Editor’s note – A video was added to this story on Oct. 1, 2020.

Story by: Scott Money, Metrolinx media relations senior advisor