Close up of a Eglinton Crosstown LRV parked at Keelesdale Station

What’s just ahead for the Eglinton Crosstown in 2022

The light rail transit line in Toronto will start to see some big pieces coming together. We thought we’d take a moment to bundle them all together for readers. So here’s the future of the new route.

That was certainly a year – with an even more impressive one to come.

The Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) line had its fair share of important milestones in 2021.

From final track installation, the installation of all of the stop shelters, the delivery of light rail vehicles to the east end and vehicle testing, the project made headlines for Metrolinx News and mainstream news outlets.

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The last rail clip was fastened back in Nov, 2021, to reach 100 per cent rail installation for the Eglinton Crosstown. (Metrolinx photo)

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With the project nearing the end, 2022 will bring many of its own milestones.

Many have seen the vehicles running up and down Eglinton Avenue East. Vehicle testing work will expand into the new year, with the light rail vehicles running the entirety of the line between the Eglinton Maintenance and Storage Facility in the west and Kennedy Station in the east.

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Road resurfacing is now 2/3rds complete between Brentcliffe and Ionview – the remainder will take place in the spring. (Metrolinx photo)

Installation of the surface stops in the east were complete in 2021. In 2022, Crosstown stations will start to reach completion.

Lane occupancies within the station vicinities will end through the year, bringing traffic back to normal. This also means that roads will continue to be resurfaced and lines will be repainted.

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In front of the Fairbank Station main entrance, a raised cycle track can be seen – part of 11km of bi-directional bicycle lanes being built across Eglinton Avenue. (Metrolinx photo)

There will be 11 kilometres of bike lanes to be installed between Weston Road and Kennedy Road, as well as landscaping around new station entrances.

Terrific progress has been made on the Crosstown and crews continue to work diligently to reach substantial completion of the project by the end of 2022.

Follow along on all the progress and milestones by following the Crosstown project on Twitter.

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Story by Erika D’Urbano, Metrolinx Senior Advisor Rapid Transit