Tunnel boring machines (TBMs) boring the eastern segment tunnels arrived at Yonge Street on Aug. 17, having worked their way 3.3 kilometres from where they started just east of Brentcliffe Road in September 2015. In total, the TBMs installed 26,178 precast concrete tunnel segments, which formed 4,363 rings. TBMs completed tunnelling on the western segment of the Crosstown when they reached Yonge Street in May 2016.The LRT line is expected to transport 5,500 riders per hour during peak travel times with a daily ridership of roughly 162,000 passengers and 50-million annually by 2031. It’s expected that at peak construction 2,500 workers will be working on the project. A total of 25 stations will be built between Weston Road and Kennedy Station along Eglinton Avenue and the line will link 54 bus routes, three interchange subway stations and GO Transit.
Construction on the LRT began in 2011 and it will be in service by September 2021. Construction shoring is now underway on three Crosstown stations, including Keelesdale, Laird and Avenue, with preparatory demolition work underway, near completion or completed at Chaplin, Fairbank, Forest Hill, Mount Pleasant, Mount Dennis, Laird, Keelesdale, Avenue, Oakwood, Science Centre, Eglinton and Leaside.
The province has budgeted $5.3 billion in capital investment for the Crosstown project. The LRT will remain publicly owned, with Metrolinx as the owner. Infrastructure Ontario is involved in overseeing the build. The LRT is intended to enable travel up to 60 per cent faster than existing bus service.