Ontario Unveils Light Rail Vehicles for Eglinton Crosstown LRT
Taking the Next Step to Get Ontarians Moving and Deliver on Our Transit Plan
ETOBICOKE - Kinga Surma, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation unveiled six new light rail vehicles that will be used on the future Eglinton Crosstown LRT line.
To better serve the community, Premier Ford committed to extending the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project farther west into Etobicoke, and to connect one of the largest employment centres in the region. A majority of the extension will be underground to help keep people and goods moving on one of the area's busiest roadways.
"The progress we are making on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project is great news for people who have been waiting a long time for easier access to Toronto's subways," said PA Surma. "These light rail vehicles represent the first step towards the next generation of public transit in our region and will connect more people throughout Toronto with new jobs and opportunities."
PA Surma was joined by Robin Martin, MPP, Eglinton-Lawrence, Phil Verster, Metrolinx President and CEO, Rick Leary, CEO of the TTC, and Bill Henry, President and Project Director for Crosslinx Transit Solutions, to celebrate the exciting milestone of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project.
The public will have the opportunity to tour the Eglinton Crosstown LRT Maintenance and Storage Facility and see the new light rail vehicles on Saturday, May 25, 2019, as part of Doors Open Toronto.
Scheduled to go into service in 2021, the vehicles being tested today will make life easier for people by helping them travel up to 60 per cent faster than similar trips by bus today. Commuters will also have integrated connections to 54 bus routes, three subways stations, three GO Train lines and the UP Express.
- The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is a 19-kilometre, 25-stop rapid transit line running along Eglinton Avenue between Mount Dennis and Kennedy Subway Station.
- The Eglinton Crosstown light rail vehicles will carry 5,500 people per hour in both directions along Eglinton Avenue during peak periods, up to 60 per cent faster than a similar trip takes by bus today.
“Our customers are going to have a phenomenal experience,” said Phil Verster, Metrolinx President and CEO. “This is a very exciting milestone for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project and for Metrolinx. Our commercial and project management with Bombardier is delivering what we expected.”
“Delivering the Crosstown is more than just about the construction on and under Eglinton Avenue. That’s why receiving the first vehicles is such a significant milestone in moving the project forward,” said Bill Henry, Crosslinx Transit Solution’s President and Project Director. “It means we are now integrating them with the systems that will run the Crosstown, followed by testing and commissioning. And, we are doing this important work in close collaboration with Metrolinx, Bombardier and TTC.”