The art of the line – How Toronto’s Crosstown LRT is adding creative touches to transit design

Many of the engineering and rapid transit features we often explore here, especially when it comes to the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit project, are technical and mechanical. But there are also splashes of human artistry being added along the route. This week’s new images show the route is also a canvas of creativity.

There’s the science of creating a new transit system across Canada’s largest city.

And then there’s feeding the senses and emotions of customers as they make that journey.

This week’s update of the newest crop of images from the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) project demonstrate there’s some creative expression taking place inside the rail lines.

Back in 2018, Metrolinx revealed eight pieces of art that would be used at Crosstown stations. At the Science Centre stop, ‘Total Lunar Eclipse’, by Sarah Morris, is now being installed.

Image shows patterns on the walls.
At the Science Centre stop, riders will take in the colourful ‘Total Lunar Eclipse’, by Sarah Morris. (Metrolinx photo)

At Mount Dennis, an urban tapestry is being put in. Each station’s platform will feature a tapestry lining the walls, adding colour and wayfinding for customers.

Image shows an orange pattern on a wall.
The tapestry at Mount Dennis. (Metrolinx photo)

And while perhaps not art, a splash of colour is being added to Keelesdale Station, with the addition of canopy cladding at the main entrance.

Image shows orange material over an entrance to the station.
A bit more colour at Keelesdale. (Metrolinx photo)

Future travels on Crosstown may be quick and clean, but there will still be room for some creative expression.