The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is going green

The first of three green track areas along Eglinton Crosstown LRT’s at-grade section is being installed at Warden Avenue’s Golden Mile stop.

Construction of the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) project continues to progress, and one of its latest milestones may have you seeing green.

Portions of the at-grade section, east of Brentcliffe Road, will feature green tracks to help integrate the new transit line with Eglinton Avenue’s many parks and green spaces.

The ’green’ will be made up of grass and additional foliage planted down the middle of the LRV route.

A mock-up of the green tracks, totalling 16 metres in length and 92 square metres in area, has been installed at the Golden Mile stop east of Warden Avenue.

The installation of each section of green track takes three months after the final design is approved. Each section will include irrigation chambers, water supply, and an energy supply to power the irrigation system.

The partially installed green track mock-up at Warden Avenue’s Golden Mile stop looking east. (Metrolinx photo)
The partially installed green track mock-up at Warden Avenue’s Golden Mile stop looking west. (Metrolinx photos)

Not only do the green tracks look good, but they serve a purpose.

Swapping out concrete for grass can help keep temperatures down in the heat of summer. Grass and other vegetation can also act as a sound dampener, absorb rain to reduce run-off, and even minimize the spread of dust.

It’s all part of Metrolinx’s goal to provide environmentally sustainable light rail transit service across Toronto.

Story by Katherine Abraham, Metrolinx Community Relations Specialist