The reason Laird Station is one of the longest on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line

Metrolinx News brings you regular updates on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project as it moves closer to completion – using the latest images from construction crews. This week, the photos are from underground, at street level, and even from above. They may also answer a question transit fans have about Laird Station.

It’s always good to have a little extra runway, even on transit projects.

That’s why the team that designed the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) project made sure Laird Station was extra-long.

A look inside the extra long tunnel at Laird Station
A look inside the extra long tunnel at Laird Station. (Metrolinx photo)

At approximately 500 metres, Laird Station is one of the longest along the whole line. The extra length means there’s room for special tracks that allow for train storage and maneuvering.

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At street level, crews are adding the finishing touches on the surface section between Brentcliffe Road and Kennedy Road. The newly installed green trackbed will cover 60 per cent of that street level section.

Street level view of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT route
Residents along Eglinton from Mount Dennis to Scarborough will see more train testing in 2022. (Metrolinx photo)

This is also where the recent Crosstown vehicle testing has been taking place.

On the eastern most end of the Crosstown route, crews are installing glass, tiles, and other finishes as Kennedy Station transforms from a concrete cavern into a modern transit hub.

exterior view of Kennedy station
Kennedy station will connect transit riders to Eglinton Crosstown LRT, GO Transit’s Stouffville Line, TTC Line 2, and buses. (Metrolinx photo)

Keep an eye on Metrolinx News and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT Twitter handle where more updates will land regularly.

Story by Scott Money, Metrolinx News editorial team