Capturing the Spirit of the Thorncliffe Community at Laird Station

Over three months in the spring of 2017, our contractor, Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS), worked in partnership with the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office (TNO) and the PATCH Project (a social enterprise operated by The STEPS Initiative) to develop a mural for the Laird Station construction site. Read more »

Managing traffic during construction

Building 19 kilometres of brand new transit through a busy and densely populated area has its challenges. Traffic disruptions near the construction sites, while frustrating, are unfortunately unavoidable. The project team works with our many community partners to manage traffic during construction and minimize the impacts as much as possible. Read more »

Massive drill rig arrives at Cedarvale Station

In early June, crews assembled a 100-foot drill rig to begin support of excavation (shoring) for the east entrance of the Crosstown’s future Cedarvale Station. Located at Allen Road and Eglinton Avenue, the east entrance, with a footprint slightly longer than a volleyball court, will offer accessible access to both the new LRT line and the TTC’s  University-Spadina subway line.   Read more »

Keelesdale Station – A Successful First Year

Just over a year ago, the stations construction phase of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project broke ground at the future Keelesdale Station.  Read more »

Understanding the turnback

A “turnback” is a rail crossover that connects the two tracks together allowing the light rail vehicles (LRVs) to change directions as needed. There are a total of 12 turnbacks along the line – seven at stations, and five on the surface section. Read more »

Build a station underneath a running subway? Piece of cake!

At the busy intersection of Allen Road and Eglinton Avenue West, crews are building Cedarvale station. Not only do we need to support the ground and surrounding buildings, but we need to underpin the existing subway line – while it’s still running. It’s nothing our crews haven’t handled before. Read more »

Moving the earth for Toronto’s future transit line

Crews working on the Crosstown are moving 'heaven and earth' – lots of earth – to build the future Avenue Station, one of the 15 underground stations on the new Eglinton line. Read more »

How we mitigate to reduce the construction noise level

Sometimes the most disruptive construction activities for residents living near a work site are not from heavy machinery digging up dirt or building concrete support walls, but from regular everyday activities, such as workers needing to communicate with each other. A great example is  at the intersection of Allen Road and Eglinton Avenue West, where work has started to pour the concrete slab in the tunnels for the LRT tracks.  Read more »

Going deep into the ground at Laird Station

In building the crosstown, we’re working to minimize disruption – here’s how we’re doing that at Laird. We’re using a sequential excavation method (a mining technique) to excavate the underground portion of the station – where the platforms and concourse levels will be built around the current LRT tunnels.

This means once the excavation is complete for the station entrances, a total of two at Laird, we will start mining sideways under the roadway to make room for the platforms and concourse. In contrast, the cut and cover method means excavating vertically from the road.  Read more »

Community Benefits Spotlight – Prajwal Amatya

When Prajwal Amatya moved to Canada from Nepal in early 2016, he was faced with a common challenge for recent immigrants; an inability to secure employment despite a wealth of professional experience as CAD/Drafter.

In an effort to improve his chances of finding a job, Prajwal enrolled in the Toronto District School Board’s Canadian Experience program at the Yorkdale Adult Learning Centre. The Canadian Experience program is designed to help integrate professional immigrants into the Canadian workforce. Read more »