A ground breaking ceremony was held Thursday to break ground on the first of twenty-five new stations for the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit line.
The Eglinton LRT represents the biggest expansion of urban rapid transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area in more than fifty-years.
It’s expected commuters will be able to get on board, beginning in 2021, and travel between Weston Road and Kennedy Station, with links to three TTC interchange subway stations, GO Transit, and 54 bus routes.
Ontario has invested $5.3B toward the project’s capital costs.
“Every dollar we spend on transit, here in Toronto and across Ontario, grows our economy, creates jobs and strengthens our cities and communities. The Eglinton Crosstown LRT project is part of our record investment in infrastructure that is improving quality of life today, creating jobs and building a sustainable and prosperous tomorrow for the whole province.” – Premier Kathleen Wynne
“We are making considerable progress on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line. The start of construction of the Keelesdale station is an important milestone and further proof of our government’s commitment to provide accessible, modern transit infrastructure that will reduce commute times, create jobs and improve the quality of life for Ontarians.” – Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
“With the start of construction of Keelesdale station, we’re one step closer in making the Eglinton Crosstown LRT a reality. As the province’s largest public transit construction project in more than a half century, this state-of-the-art public transit line will reduce traffic congestion and improve the flow of goods and services in and around Toronto.” – Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
“We are excited to move into this next phase of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project – building the stations and stops, track and signal infrastructure and maintenance and storage facility to support the line. The Crosstown is one of Metrolinx’s key projects that will transform the way Toronto and the region moves with a fast, convenient and integrated transit network.” – Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO, Metrolinx