Image shows a line of LRVs.

Full fleet of Crosstown light rail transit vehicles rolling through testing phase for new route

There’s been no shortage of news for the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) project as the line gets closer to reaching completion. But Metrolinx News wanted to note something that many people may not know – all the sophisticated vehicles that will be used on the route are on hand and being tested. Here’s a bit of what that full fleet is doing right now.

The stable is full and the full fleet of light rail transit vehicles (LRV) to be used on the Eglinton Crosstown line are being put through their paces.

The vehicles have been continuing their testing along the new alignment. But we thought it was important to point out all 76 of the Alstom (formally Bombardier) Flexity Freedom vehicles are together.

The vehicles were delivered throughout 2021 via different modes of rail and truck deliveries to the Eglinton Maintenance and Storage Facility (EMSF).

Image shows a line of LRVs.
All 76 vehicles have reported for duty on the Crosstown line. (Metrolinx photo)

Each vehicle has been thoroughly tested, including 600km of initial running before being available to test the specialized systems, such as the signaling system at the EMSF, and on the main line.

The 76 make for an impressive fleet, ready for future customers.

Continue to follow Metrolinx News and stay up to date on Eglinton Crosstown vehicle updates.

Image shows LRVs on the tracks.
A look at the LRVs waiting on the tracks. (Metrolinx photo)

Want to know more about the vehicle and Crosstown project? Just go here.

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