Metrolinx warns of risks of stepping over Crosstown tracks as testing ramps up on new Toronto light rail route

While tracks have been in place for some time, local residents may not be used to the Eglinton Crosstown line being an active, and potentially dangerous place to take a shortcut across. Here’s why you just don’t take chances when it comes to dashing over the rails up and across  Eglinton Avenue to try to save some time or get a better look at one of the trains.

There are some lines you just should never cross.

At least not along dangerous sections of a now active Toronto light rail transit (LRT) line.

A train is shown on the tracks.
A light rail vehicle moves along the line during testing. (Metrolinx photo)

In the spring, six light rail vehicles were delivered from the Eglinton Maintenance and Storage Facility (EMSF) to the eastern portion of the new Crosstown route. This summer, the vehicles will be making their way up and down Eglinton Avenue East, from Brentcliffe Road to Kennedy Road, on a more regular basis as dynamic vehicle testing starts.

Dynamic vehicle testing allows the vehicles to be run through their paces as if they were in regular service. It includes increased speed tests, brake tests, coupled vehicle tests and concurrent vehicle tests.

Active Construction Site

Image shows a train on the line.
Active rail lines, coupled with a construction site, can be a dangerous place to cross or get too close to. (Metrolinx photo)

While trying to catch a glimpse of the vehicles in action is exciting, a reminder that the area is still an active construction site and it’s important to stay off the tracks.

Trains will be operating at increased speeds and frequency, meaning it’s more dangerous than ever to cross the tracks. Pedestrians should only cross at designated crosswalks and continue to obey construction signage in the area. Vehicles are also reminded to exercise caution and follow traffic signals as trains will be travelling across intersections.

Image shows a warning sign
One of the many warning signs to stay clear. (Metrolinx photo)

Dynamic testing will continue throughout the summer. To follow the vehicles journey, follow the Crosstown LRT project on Twitter.

Interested in learning more about the Crosstown project? Here’s a past story.

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