Why jet fans are needed on the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line

The Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) project is all about a million details many customers, and those living near stations, may not immediately think about. Huge fans placed in the underground portions are a good example of how planners are builders are thinking about safety on the line, at all times.

Usually when we write about construction of the Eglinton Crosstown’s light rail transit (LRT) project, we focus on the goal of moving people safely across Toronto aboard the vehicles.

But even before that, you have to be able to move other things, including earth and electricity.

Add to that list…air.

Image shows three large fans on a ceiling.
We’re big fans – The large airflow machines recently installed at Laird Station. (Metrolinx photo)

The latest images from the project shows work at Laird Station involving recent installation of the last three of 29 jet fans used along the underground portions of the line.

These fans are a major component of underground ventilation and help to move smoke away from evacuation points in the event of a fire.

Now onto Leslie, as a new image shows the stairs to E.T. Seton Park are nearly ready to open. Following the completion of excavation and compaction work mid-year, this route into the park will reopen later this year to members of the public.

Image shows steps into the park.
Big step – These new stairs at stairs to E.T. Seton Park will soon be open to the public. (Metrolinx photo)

That will mean another good flow to boast about.

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