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Construction began in the summer of 2011. The first tunnel boring machine began tunnelling from Keelesdale Park (at Black Creek Drive and Eglinton Avenue) in the summer of 2013, working eastwards towards Avenue Road.

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Crosstown service is scheduled to begin in 2020, when the entire line is complete.

Assembly of Tunnel Boring Machines
The west launch site at Black Creek Drive and Eglinton Avenue where the first two tunnel boring machines begin tunnelling.

Metrolinx, through the Government of Ontario, is responsible for funding the Crosstown and overseeing the design and build of the Crosstown. Metrolinx approves the scope of the project, its schedule and budget. Metrolinx also approves all the contracts associated with the development of the Crosstown, as well as all the community relations and communications for the Crosstown.

Once the Crosstown project is complete in 2020, the TTC will be responsible for its operations. Since the beginning of the project, Metrolinx and the TTC have worked in close collaboration to ensure the effectiveness of the project – and will continue to do so.

Unlike streetcars, light rail transit (LRT) runs in dedicated transit lanes and have priority signally at intersections. These two components ensure that LRTs are reliable and that travel times are more certain.

Since LRTs pick up passengers in their own lanes, they do not delay other road traffic in the way streetcars do. LRTs also have their own platforms, multiple entrances and low floors to ensure fast and accessible boarding.

Furthermore, LRTs can carry many more passengers: the capacity of an LRT is 490 passengers whereas the capacity of a streetcar is 74.

We cannot prevent people from driving on public streets. However, if the cars are going at unsafe speeds, please contact us or your councillor’s office and we will contact the City of Toronto traffic bylaw officers.

The hours of work as permitted by City bylaw for the Crosstown project are between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week, when required. These extended hours allow a double shift to operate to expedite the construction. Underground tunnelling and associated works may continue 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

One lane of traffic both westbound and eastbound will continue to be available on Eglinton Avenue all day in active construction zones. Buses and general traffic will share this lane. Construction zones will include augers to install foundation support walls, excavation trucks, traffic cones and signage, and fencing.

Construction work on Toronto Street

Light rail transit (LRT) provides fast, reliable and convenient service by carrying passengers in dedicated transit lanes separate from regular traffic. LRT is electrically powered, with near zero emissions. The LRT vehicles are manufactured by Bombardier in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Light rail vehicle

Pedestrian and bus access to Eglinton West Station will remain open throughout construction.

Bus access to Eglinton West Station will remain open. TTC stops in the affected area may be located east or west of their usual location for the safety of transit riders. Riders should look for posted signs indicating the adjusted locations.

At a minimum, one lane of traffic both westbound and eastbound will continue to be available on Eglinton Avenue all day in active construction zones. Short-term local street closures and turning restrictions can be expected.

Currently, three hour paid parking is available on Eglinton Avenue West outside of weekday rush hours. In order to provide space for construction work, on-street parking will not be permitted within the work zones.

Please visit our website often for construction notices, sign up on our email list for frequent updates, and visit our community office. We understand that construction can be disruptive and we will do our best to mitigate the inconveniences when possible.

There may be temporary closures of sections of the sidewalks. Where necessary, crossings will be available at traffic signals. Pedestrian walkways will remain open and directional signage will be in place to help pedestrian and traffic flow.

As with all construction projects, there will be some dust and noise. Eglinton Avenue is busy with high traffic volumes and ambient noise levels. Dust, noise and vibration will be closely monitored to ensure that they remain within the acceptable levels.

Parking restrictions on local roads will be enforced to discourage long-term parking and will be monitored by Toronto Police Services Parking Enforcement, and there will be various short and long-term road closures.

Metrolinx community relations staff will work hard to ensure that communities and the public are informed about the works while construction is underway.

Please visit our website often for construction notices, sign up on our email list for frequent updates, and visit our community office. We understand that construction can be disruptive and we will do our best to mitigate the inconveniences when possible.

In the construction zone, 1.5 metre sidewalk widths will be maintained wherever possible. Fencing and barriers will be in place to safely separate the work zone from pedestrian access areas.

Metrolinx community relations staff will work hard to provide comprehensive and timeline information about the construction progress. Dedicated community liaisons are available to communicate with businesses day-to-day.

Please visit our website often for construction notices, sign up on our email list for frequent updates, and visit our community office. We understand that construction can be disruptive and we will do our best to mitigate the inconveniences when possible.

Utility relocation is a common occurrence in Toronto. Depending on site conditions, gas, hydro, watermain and sewer, cable, fibre and telephone lines may need to be diverted away to ensure safe excavation. Trucks and excavators will be visible, and some side streets may be closed.

Road occupancy is coordinated with the City of Toronto transportation. Motorists are expected to choose appropriate alternate routes and obey local traffic restrictions. Metrolinx will work with Toronto transportation to monitor the situation.

Please visit our website often for construction notices, sign up on our email list for frequent updates, and visit our community office. We understand that construction can be disruptive and we will do our best to mitigate the inconveniences when possible.

We understand that construction can be disruptive and we will do our best to keep you informed and share information as it becomes available.

Please visit our website often for construction notices, sign up on our email list for frequent updates, and visit our community office.

The Crosstown line will be partially underground. The line will run along Eglinton Avenue between Mount Dennis (Weston Road) and Kennedy Station. This 19-kilometre corridor will include a 10-kilometre underground portion, between Keele Street and Laird Drive (identified below).

The rest of the line will run at surface on dedicated right-of-way transit lanes separate from regular traffic.

Crosstown Route Map

Yes. Metrolinx is committed to providing fully accessible transportation facilities. The Crosstown stations and vehicles will be in compliance with the City of Toronto’s Accessibility Design Guidelines, Ontario Accessible Built Environment Standard, Ontario Building Code, and Ontario Human Rights Code. All Crosstown vehicles will be accessible with low floors and stations will include a main entrance with elevators and escalators.

Man in wheelchair entering LRV

The section west of Mount Dennis requires additional funding and is, therefore, not part of this phase of work. In the meantime, Metrolinx is completing work on the UP Express which will connect passengers from Union Station to Pearson International Airport in time for the 2015 PanAm Games.

The Crosstown will bring fast, reliable and convenient transit service to passengers across Toronto. It will move passengers up to 60 percent faster than the existing bus service on Eglinton Avenue.

In addition to moving people across the city more quickly, reliably and conveniently, the Crosstown will ease traffic and congestion by providing an excellent travel alternative.

The Crosstown project will create tens of thousands of jobs and provide lasting economic benefits for the entire region.