Tracking the track along Finch Avenue West – See time-lapse video of the first Traction Power Substation at the Maintenance and Storage Facility

Guideway construction work has started along Finch Avenue West for the Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) line. But there’s a lot more happening – captured in images, video and this primer. And learn why experts will need to ‘burn in’ the light rail vehicles to come, and how cork is used on the rails. … Continue reading Tracking the track along Finch Avenue West – See time-lapse video of the first Traction Power Substation at the Maintenance and Storage Facility

Seeing the trees – Minimizing environmental impacts, while setting the stage for the Hurontario Light Rail Transit network

Working together with City partners and the local conservation authority, plans to protect trees during construction, and remove others where necessary for infrastructure, are now underway to accommodate the new Hurontario light rail transit (HuLRT) network. Constructing a major new transit route, means constantly working with the environment, including with trees along the way. This is true for crews along … Continue reading Seeing the trees – Minimizing environmental impacts, while setting the stage for the Hurontario Light Rail Transit network

From two launch shafts to one – how experts working on the Scarborough Subway Extension shifted plans around an important hospital while preserving project timelines

You might have noticed that teams have fine-tuned the tunneling approach for the Scarborough Subway Extension by going from two tunnel launch shafts to one.  Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what went into that decision, and why it’s better for the community. Planning for a large transit project means having an eye for a million … Continue reading From two launch shafts to one – how experts working on the Scarborough Subway Extension shifted plans around an important hospital while preserving project timelines

Keeping the Scarborough Subway Extension moving forward

The Scarborough Subway Extension is edging even closer to construction as drilling and utility relocation crews continue to carry out work along the proposed route. As this project continues to make important advances, here’s a look at what’s already been done and what to expect in the near future. It’s all about momentum. Which is … Continue reading Keeping the Scarborough Subway Extension moving forward

Powering up – Why an updating of electric transit may create the tracks forward for Metrolinx

We wanted to plug into a question Metrolinx is often asked – will electricity power the future of GO Transit? As explorations and investigations continue, here’s the current thinking. When patrons first stepped aboard the first electric tram systems introduced in Canadian cities more than a century ago, the people-moving technology must have seemed like … Continue reading Powering up – Why an updating of electric transit may create the tracks forward for Metrolinx

Davenport Diamond Guideway project sees extended hours – What’s behind the work and effort to keep the noise down

Caisson drilling has been well underway and will continue with upcoming extended hours around the Davenport Diamond Guideway project. It’s needed work, but it can be taxing on the local community. Here’s what’s happening, why it’s needed and what noise mitigating measures are being taken so neighbours can sleep at night. Those living around the … Continue reading Davenport Diamond Guideway project sees extended hours – What’s behind the work and effort to keep the noise down

Smooth operator – How a ‘tunnel liner’ machine handles rough spots while digging through the earth on Highway 401 and 409 Rail Tunnel Project

Now that excavation on Tunnel One is complete on a task to burrow an important rail tunnel below and through Toronto’s busy Highway 401 and 409 area, the crews are moving a liner machine through to ensure a smooth mold inside the new subterranean passage. We take you into the depths to show you how … Continue reading Smooth operator – How a ‘tunnel liner’ machine handles rough spots while digging through the earth on Highway 401 and 409 Rail Tunnel Project

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

Metrolinx CEO addresses suggestion Crosstown LRT could open without Eglinton Station

Given media reports you may have read, Metrolinx president and chief executive officer, Phil Verster, outlines the transit agency’s expectations for the ongoing work on Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit route. The Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (ECLRT) project is one of the largest transit expansion projects in Canadian history, and will bring major … Continue reading Metrolinx CEO addresses suggestion Crosstown LRT could open without Eglinton Station