Finch West LRT project sees track and electrical milestones for Toronto route

The Finch West light rail transit route has checked off key advances that literally put it on track for important vehicle testing to come later this year, including track work and needed elements for the maintenance and storage facility. Let’s take a run to explore how far teams have come.

Crews toiling away on the Finch West light rail transit (LRT) project have reason to boast, as they have completed some important milestones, especially around the maintenance and storage facility.

That critical facility, often just called the ‘MSF’, is where the light rail vehicles will go for repair and upkeep.

In March, crews completed the west concrete apron to the building and at the end of April, they completed the concrete work for the east apron one day ahead of schedule. A concrete apron is the concrete that is used to construct the perimeter of a building, generally placed in front of a garage.

Image shows crews working in cherry-pickers above the tracks.
Crews work on the wiring system above the LRT tracks. (Metrolinx photo)

The team has also managed to hit 100 per cent completion of contact wire at the MSF as crews pulled the last Overhead Catenary System (OCS) contact wire.

The OCS is the system of spiderweb-like wires that power the vehicles, and the contact wire is the physical connection which transfers power to the light rail vehicle through the pantograph mounted on the roof of the LRV.

Image shows the power lines and poles next to the tracks.
No small feat – The complicated system that will power the light rail vehicles for Toronto passengers. (Metrolinx photo)

And recently, the MSF team has continued making big strides as they fully completed the skeleton for Ballasted track. That means all track rail has been laid in contiguous route around the site on crushed granite rock pieces supporting the concrete ties which the track rail is fastened to.

Image shows tracks.
The LRT tracks and wires above, stretch forward for the Finch West project. (Metrolinx photo)
Image shows workers gathered near tracks.
Strength in numbers – Here are a few of the women and men who’ve been achieving progress on the track and systems at the maintenance and storage facility. (Metrolinx photo)

All this means crews can now work to prepare for the initial vehicle testing that will start later this fall.

It’s a lot of progress, setting the way for even more advances.

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Story by Erika D’Urbano, Metrolinx senior advisor, Rapid Transit