Crews install last piece of track for Eglinton Crosstown LRT

The Eglinton Crosstown LRT project reached an exciting milestone this week (Nov.1), as crews laid down the last section of track along the 19-kilometre rapid transit line. Get a glimpse of this historic moment for transit in Toronto.

Toronto is having its own last spike moment.

For any rail system, hammering in the last spike is always historic.

Now, Crosslinx Transit Solutions – the constructor of the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) line – fastened a last clip, as modern LRTs don’t actually use spikes, to reach 100 per cent rail installation for the new transit line.

The last clip was installed at Eglinton Station, located at the intersection of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue. Just to make the moment extra special, the last clip was painted gold.

The final clip, painted gold, to commemorate the milestone for the Crosstown LRT project. (Metrolinx photo)
The final clip, painted gold, to commemorate the milestone for the Crosstown LRT project. (Metrolinx photo)

With that last clip, all of the tracks along the 19-kilometre LRT line are now in place between Mount Dennis Station in the west and Kennedy Station in the east.

The next step is to move light rail vehicles across the entire 19-kilometre line.

Installation of the overhead catenary system (the wires that power the trains), train signals, communications systems and other features to enable safe train movement will continue into 2022.

While it’s not quite the same as finishing a cross-country railroad, this week’s milestone is a big step towards completing Toronto’s newest rapid transit line – one that will benefit the next generation of transit riders across the region.  

Follow the Crosstown project on social media as the line continues to make significant progress. 

Editor’s note – Content in this story was changed on Nov. 3, 2021.

Story by Erika D’Urbano, Metrolinx communications senior advisor