Zooming in on Ontario Line plans from Osgoode to the Don River – Delivering a line below Toronto’s Queen Street that’s been anticipated for more than a century

Today, Metrolinx released new details for it’s Ontario Line plan between University Avenue and the Don River. Refinement to the initial plan will mean faster delivery, reduced building costs and, most importantly, improved connections for riders. The new plan takes advantage of space that was dug for an east-west line when TTC’s Queen Station was … Continue reading Zooming in on Ontario Line plans from Osgoode to the Don River – Delivering a line below Toronto’s Queen Street that’s been anticipated for more than a century

One of the busiest rail sections in North America gets major work done – New time-lapse video shows recent work on Davenport Diamond Guideway project

While most of us spent the September long weekend enjoying the last bit of summer, construction crews were working hard to reach a major project milestone. Recently, the old and well known Davenport Diamonds were removed and replaced by a temporary rail diamond that aligns with the new diversion track on which GO trains are … Continue reading One of the busiest rail sections in North America gets major work done – New time-lapse video shows recent work on Davenport Diamond Guideway project

Zooming in on Ontario Line plans from Exhibition to Spadina: Travel time savings and heritage protections

Metrolinx is sharing refined plans for the Ontario Line as teams learn more about the geography and infrastructure – both above ground and below the surface – and the communities the new route will serve. Today, in the first post of a four-part series, we look at what’s new for the line’s West segment. Refinements … Continue reading Zooming in on Ontario Line plans from Exhibition to Spadina: Travel time savings and heritage protections

Pillars of the community – Supporting the Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project

In the latest images out of the Peel Region transit corridor, we take a look at concrete work being done on Highway 407. Talk about carrying your weight while on the job. Work continues along Hurontario Street for the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. And that recently included concrete pillars being installed at Hurontario … Continue reading Pillars of the community – Supporting the Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project

Twin tunnels, single bores and megabores – Local subway planners face choices on what will work best for new lines

Each new subway tunnel is as unique as its surrounding neighbourhood and geology. While six-metre, twin tunnels were once considered standard, more recent technology has made larger, single tunnels possible. This article reviews the different sizes of tunnels and the factors that go into choosing one. Let’s get out the tape measures - the really … Continue reading Twin tunnels, single bores and megabores – Local subway planners face choices on what will work best for new lines

Tile by lamp-light – New Eglinton Crosstown images show moody shots of construction, as well as escalators going through the tunnels before being installed

The Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit line continues to make significant progress. In the latest batch of photos, we noticed two that play a bit with light and mood. And another that shows how builders are using the tunnels to help install things like escalators. Call us grounded transit romantics. But going over the latest … Continue reading Tile by lamp-light – New Eglinton Crosstown images show moody shots of construction, as well as escalators going through the tunnels before being installed

Piling it on – See how an old building technique is being given modern support for the Finch West light rail transit line (video)

Let’s dig into how piling work is an important part of the progress on the Finch West transit line, including an interesting video on how it works. Talk about putting muscle into your work. The Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) line is putting a modern take on a very reliable and old construction technique, … Continue reading Piling it on – See how an old building technique is being given modern support for the Finch West light rail transit line (video)

How Hurontario light rail vehicles will have an inside track on making up lost time and hitting green lights

When you eventually see light rail vehicles moving along the Hurontario system – a transit route that stretches between Brampton and Mississauga – you may wonder how they manage to outsmart the traffic lights if they’re running a bit behind. The answer has to do with a bit of intelligent design that gives them an … Continue reading How Hurontario light rail vehicles will have an inside track on making up lost time and hitting green lights

A good sign as Cooksville GO gets its name up in lights – See the video here

The new Cooksville GO Station gets a bit of important branding. But putting up the official sign is no small feat. What’s in a name? If it’s hoisted up on the entrance to a major GO station, it becomes an iconic symbol of countless journeys, as well as a point of pride for locals. Recently, … Continue reading A good sign as Cooksville GO gets its name up in lights – See the video here

A breakthrough on Highway 401 and 409 Rail Tunnels Project – See the video as crews break through on one of the tunnels

A sight to see as crews broke through the end of Tunnel One on the Highway 401 and 409 Rail Tunnels Project. Months of excavation and hard work delivers a memorable moment. After months of digging through debris, solid ground and dirt, crews have successfully reached the light at the end of Tunnel One. It … Continue reading A breakthrough on Highway 401 and 409 Rail Tunnels Project – See the video as crews break through on one of the tunnels