Eglinton Crosstown - Making Tunnelling Progress

Ontario is making progress on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT − the province's largest public transit construction project in more than half a century − to help ease congestion and create thousands of jobs.

Tunnelling is well underway from the west launch site area near Black Creek Drive to Yonge-Eglinton station and construction has also begun at the future tunnel boring launch site east of Brentcliffe Road. Construction of the headwalls, which will form the future underground station boxes, have been completed at Keele and Caledonia, and work has also begun on the future Dufferin and Oakwood stations.

Construction is also underway on extraction and launch shafts at Allen Road. These will allow the tunnel boring machines to skip over the TTC subway Line 1 (York-University-Spadina) to ensure it can continue to operate during construction of the LRT line.

The Eglinton Crosstown is a fully funded project and shows the government's ongoing commitment to build transit and transportation infrastructure in Ontario. Some time ago, the government released its Moving Ontario Forward plan. The robust 10 year plan would invest $29 billion for dedicated funding would provide support for priority infrastructure projects across the province such as public transit, roads, bridges and highways.

Building modern infrastructure is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths − its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

- The new LRT line will run about 19 kilometres along Eglinton Avenue and will include 25 stations. More than 10 kilometres, from approximately Keele Street to Laird Avenue, will be underground. The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is expected to be in service by 2020.

- Tunnel boring machines are tunneling 10 metres a day.

- The Crosstown is expected to carry 5,400 passengers during peak travel times, with a total capacity of 15,000 passengers per hour per direction.

- Since 2003, Ontario has invested more than $19.3 billion in public transit in Ontario, including $9.1 billion in GO Transit.

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