The art of the line – How Toronto’s Crosstown LRT is adding creative touches to transit design

Many of the engineering and rapid transit features we often explore here, especially when it comes to the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit project, are technical and mechanical. But there are also splashes of human artistry being added along the route. This week’s new images show the route is also a canvas of creativity. There’s … Continue reading The art of the line – How Toronto’s Crosstown LRT is adding creative touches to transit design

The Eglinton Crosstown West Extension completes a missing link: How a decades-old expressway plan will help bridge a transit gap

Even before the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) project is completed, Metrolinx is advancing plans for the LRT’s extension from Mount Dennis to Renforth Drive. The Eglinton Crosstown West Extension is well on track to bring more rapid transit to more of the GTA, while taking advantage of land set aside in a long-abandoned … Continue reading The Eglinton Crosstown West Extension completes a missing link: How a decades-old expressway plan will help bridge a transit gap

Line up those trucks – You won’t believe how much concrete was recently used on Crosstown’s Mount Pleasant station

As we continue to regularly chart the progress of the Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) route across Toronto, this update is an interesting bit of engineering math – involving how much concrete you can pour in just 11 hours. Hint – it involves more trucks than can likely ever park on your street. Talk about … Continue reading Line up those trucks – You won’t believe how much concrete was recently used on Crosstown’s Mount Pleasant station

Exploring the route – Take a rare ride aboard an Eglinton Crosstown vehicle during testing (video)

There’s been significant advances done along the light rail transit route that will one day move countless Toronto residents and visitors from east to west across Canada’s largest city. But for now, you get to ride (almost) solo, in this cool test video. You have a sophisticated light rail transit vehicle to yourself – almost. … Continue reading Exploring the route – Take a rare ride aboard an Eglinton Crosstown vehicle during testing (video)

Final tunnel pieces removed from Crosstown’s Mt. Pleasant station area – See the images

As we continue to regularly chart the progress of the Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) route across Toronto, there are a couple of fairly big recent advances to report – from tunnel pieces to an important traction power substation being energized. We’ve followed transit tunnels from the ground up. So it’s a big deal when … Continue reading Final tunnel pieces removed from Crosstown’s Mt. Pleasant station area – See the images

Making room for Finch West light rail transit – Road widening efforts continue on Toronto’s Highway 27

The Finch West light rail transit (LRT) project is moving forward and you can follow along as the progress continues. This week, construction crews are widening Highway 27 in northwestern Toronto to make room for the future rapid transit line that will run 11-kilometres from Humber College to Finch West Station. Sometimes it just takes … Continue reading Making room for Finch West light rail transit – Road widening efforts continue on Toronto’s Highway 27

Hurontario LRT progress – Why widening a bridge across a major Toronto-area highway must start with a strong foundation

Work continues on the Hurontario light rail transit (LRT) project that will bring 18-kilometres of new rapid transit to Mississauga and Brampton. When it’s done, the project will head north up Hurontario towards Brampton, passing over the busy Highway 407 in the process. In order to make it all work, construction crews need to make … Continue reading Hurontario LRT progress – Why widening a bridge across a major Toronto-area highway must start with a strong foundation

Threading the needle – What’s happening along Crosstown LRT intersections during occasional intersection closures (See the video)

Look up. We have a new video, showing how crews – after dark – use a special vehicle to help create the catenary system that will power Crosstown. A lot goes on after nightfall. Including traffic-stopping action along the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) route. https://videopress.com/v/N5NXlDnZ?preloadContent=metadata If you’ve ever been at a Toronto intersection … Continue reading Threading the needle – What’s happening along Crosstown LRT intersections during occasional intersection closures (See the video)

Check out this new track – Toronto’s Finch West LRT installs first rails at critical transit facility

It’s always a big deal when the first stretches of rail are put down along any section of a new transit line. So there’s reason to boast, when crews working on the Finch West Light Rail Transit system recently installed the first tracks at the Maintenance and Storage Facility. Here’s how it looked. Think of … Continue reading Check out this new track – Toronto’s Finch West LRT installs first rails at critical transit facility

On the move – Metrolinx Community Canvassers out in Mississauga and Brampton

As work to build the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (HuLRT) continues, hearing what local residents have to say about the project is important.  Recently, Metrolinx began canvassing neighbourhoods and businesses along Hurontario Street between the Brampton Gateway Terminal and Port Credit GO in Mississauga. Their work will stretch into November. With major construction starting later … Continue reading On the move – Metrolinx Community Canvassers out in Mississauga and Brampton