TORONTO—Tunnelling is now complete on the western segment of the 10-kilometre underground tunnel component of the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in Toronto, project owner Metrolinx has announced.
Two Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs), boring the western segment tunnels, arrived at Yonge Street on May 10 having travelled 6,419 metres from where they started at Black Creek Drive in spring 2013.
Each TBM installed 25,647 precast concrete tunnel segments, which formed 4,279 rings, indicates the Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario media statement.
The new LRT line will have 25 stations and stops along Eglinton Avenue between Weston Road and Kennedy Station, and will also link to 54 bus routes, three TTC interchange subway stations, and GO Transit.
The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is one of the largest public transit projects currently under construction in Canada. Ontario committed $5.3 billion in capital investment to expand transit in Toronto with the Crosstown project.
By 2031, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is expected to carry approximately 5,500 passengers per hour during peak travel times, with daily boardings estimated to be 162,000 and an annual ridership of about 50 million.
At the peak of construction, approximately 2,500 workers will work on the project.
Construction on the project began in 2011 and the LRT will be in service by September 2021.
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