Eglinton Crosstown LRT project advances as top-speed testing continues

Testing for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is in full swing. Read below for a behind-the-scenes look at recent test runs, and updates about the LRV’s next steps.

If you live near Eglinton, you may have seen some new vehicles hitting the road recently.

The Eglinton Crosstown LRT testing has made major progress as full-speed testing continues along parts of the route.

After a successful test run on May 1 where trains went up to 80 km/h, the trains went full-speed again on May 8.

This test ran underground, spanning from Avenue Station to the east portal (Brentcliffe Road).

With testing underway at top speeds both underground and at street level, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is taking important steps toward completion.

Specifically, the highest safe speeds for this route are 80 km/h underground and 60 km/h at street level – and these speeds are almost ready to be tested along the entire route.

With each test, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT moves closer to completion – so keep an eye out, because soon, full-speed tests will begin along the whole line.

An LRV ready for full-speed testing at the east portal. (Metrolinx photo)

Safety is important during testing

Metrolinx and Crosslinx are reminding everyone to be careful while light rail vehicles are running along Eglinton Avenue.

Always follow all traffic signals, remember to be careful of the tracks, and only make left turns where it’s safe to do so.

Check Metrolinx News regularly for Crosstown LRT updates and follow the project on social media for the latest.

Story by Abby Zinman, Metrolinx editorial co-op student