Fly through video highlights Eglinton Crosstown LRT construction progress

Spanning 19 kilometres across midtown Toronto, the much-anticipated Eglinton Crosstown LRT is gradually nearing the latter stages of construction above and below ground. With the labour-intensive tunnel boring process completed over a year ago, work continues to complete the new 25-stop light rail line — to be known as the TTC’s Line 5 — ahead of its planned 2021 opening. Offering an update of construction progress, provincial transit authority Metrolinx has released a fly through video that takes us inside the tunnels:

Beginning near the Crosstown LRT’s western terminus at Mount Dennis, an aerial view takes in construction progress at the former Kodak Lands, where an industrial building is being retained as part of a new local ‘Mobility Hub’. The video then takes us underground, highlighting some of the work that is still to be completed over the next three years.Eglinton Crosstown LRT

Running underground from Mount Dennis to Sunnybrook Park, the LRT will then continue above ground — on a dedicated right-of-way — all the way to its eastern terminus at Kennedy Station, where it will connect to the Bloor-Danforth Line 2 subway. The Crosstown will also connect to Line 1 at both Eglinton West and Eglinton stations, providing an important east-west transit link. In addition, the LRT will connect to 54 bus routes and the Union Pearson Express (UPX) train.

A public-private partnership, the Crosstown LRT construction process is being led by a consortium called Crosslinx Transit Solutions, which won a contract to design, build and finance the line for 30 years. Some of the members of the consortium are SNC-Lavalin, Aecon, EllisDon, ACS Infrastructure Canada, Dragados, IBI Group, and the Bank of Nova Scotia. Earlier this year, a public art plan for the new line was also unveiled, bringing the work of both internationally established and locally emerging artists to the public.

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