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

Updated Ontario Line plans from the Don River to Gerrard: Maximizing space within the existing GO rail corridor

The GO rail network has served as a vital transportation system throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe for decades, and work is underway to help it reach its full potential. The Ontario Line will use the Lakeshore East GO rail corridor to deliver transit to convenient station locations east of the Don River, with a bridge … Continue reading Updated Ontario Line plans from the Don River to Gerrard: Maximizing space within the existing GO rail corridor

Toronto transit transitions – How Eglinton Crosstown will change cityscape

It’s not just about adding rails when a project like Crosstown is built. The light rail transit system will mean the physical ambience of areas along the route – such as lighting and seating - will be transformed and improved as well. Here’s a glimpse of that expected future. Times change. And with it, so … Continue reading Toronto transit transitions – How Eglinton Crosstown will change cityscape

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

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

Perfecting the alignment: How Toronto’s Ontario Line route was designed

The new Ontario Line will run from the Ontario Science Centre through downtown Toronto to the Exhibition and Ontario Place grounds. A closer look at the line shows it was designed to provide extra relief for the crowded TTC Line 1 and Union Station, while connecting more neighbourhoods to the subway system. In our continuing … Continue reading Perfecting the alignment: How Toronto’s Ontario Line route was designed

A bridge so close – Drone footage shows expansion of the bridge over Centennial Parkway

Some things are more impressive from a bird’s eye view. Take a flight over work done on an important Hamilton rail bridge. Come fly with us. Recently, we brought you the story of the future of Confederation GO Station, including the project tender being announced. As part of that feature, we pointed out Metrolinx worked … Continue reading A bridge so close – Drone footage shows expansion of the bridge over Centennial Parkway