Threading the needle – What’s happening along Crosstown LRT intersections during occasional intersection closures (See the video)

Look up. We have a new video, showing how crews – after dark – use a special vehicle to help create the catenary system that will power Crosstown.

A lot goes on after nightfall.

Including traffic-stopping action along the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) route.

If you’ve ever been at a Toronto intersection during the night, while crews have been toiling away on overhead wires supporting the Crosstown system, the scene captured in this video may look familiar. It shows how officials create the elaborate catenary system needed for Crosstown.

The collection of wires, and the overhead catenary system, is what will power the vehicles.

Electrical towers rise from the Crosstown LRT project.
Here is the overhead catenary system (OCS) that will power the light rail vehicles of the Crosstown LRT project. It is nearly complete from east of Mount Dennis Station to the Black Creek Portal. (Metrolinx photo)

The system of guiding the new wires along the path, including over intersections, is very efficient. Though if you’ve had to wait the five or ten minutes needed to stretch the wires across an intersection, it may not seem so quick – thank you for the needed patience.

What’s interesting, is the installation vehicle – as you can see in the video – rides the rails as it does the work.

It’s a bit like threading a needle – if the thread is an electrical system that will help move a city.