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Crews lay last piece of track on Eglinton Crosstown LRT

DCN-JOC News Services
Crews lay last piece of track on Eglinton Crosstown LRT
METROLINX — The final clip was installed by crews working on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT in Toronto Nov. 1, Metrolinx announced this week. The clip was painted gold to commemorate the milestone for project.

TORONTO — A milestone was reached in the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project in Toronto earlier this week as crews installed the last section of track along the 19-kilometre rapid transit line.

Metrolinx is referring to it as the “last spike moment.”

“For any rail system, hammering in the last spike is always historic,” states the Metrolinx website. “Crosslinx Transit Solutions – the constructor of the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) line – fastened a last clip, as modern LRTs don’t actually use spikes, to reach 100 per cent rail installation for the new transit line.”

Installed at Eglinton Station at the intersection of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue, the clip was painted gold to commemorate the milestone.

The last clip also marks a big step towards completing the city’s newest rapid transit line as all of the tracks along the 19-kilometre LRT line are now in place between Mount Dennis Station in the west and Kennedy Station in the east.

The next step is to move light rail vehicles across the entire 19-kilometre line, states the release, adding installation of the overhead catenary system (the wires that power the trains), train signals, communications systems and other features to enable safe train movement will continue into 2022.

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