Image shows lots of rails.

Windows designed to protect birds among new flock of Finch West LRT images

From guideways to green roofs, the Finch West LRT team continues to make headway on the new transit line. Here are some of the most interesting recent photographs taken of the major Toronto transit project.

The Finch West Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) is starting to look almost complete in a new aerial shot.

The image is among a group of new pictures taken of work on the Finch West light rail transit line, as the Toronto project gains ground – and tracks.

Image shows the LRV from above.
The MSF will be home to the light rail vehicles. (Metrolinx photo)

The 10,000 square metre MSF will store light rail vehicles and house shops for service, repairs and inspections. It’s being constructed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification – a global standard designed of environmental protection measures – and will have a green roof.

In another image, taken inside the MSF, workers are seen standing in what will one day be office space for employees. The dot pattern on the windows is used to deter birds from colliding with the window.

Image shows people looking out of a window.
The view, looking into the MSF, is better at protecting birds. (Metrolinx photo)

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Then there’s what looks like a mess of tarps and wood right now. The area will one day be the guideway that the light rail vehicle (LRV) will run along in its own dedicated right of way.

Image shows lots of rails.
The area that will become the rail guideway – a complicated engineering feat. (Metrolinx photo)
Image shows boards and tarps along a patterns.
Another view of a section of that guideway. (Metrolinx photo)

This complicated piece of track work is ongoing around York Gate Boulevard, located near the Finch West LRT MSF site.

Vehicles will be able to travel in and out of the facility along what is currently some complicated rail work.   

Expect to see more progress along Finch Avenue West as construction continues throughout the winter. Stay up to date by signing up for the Finch West LRT newsletter.

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