TORONTO — Metrolinx has announced that its troubled Eglinton Crosstown LRT will not be opening this fall as hoped.
The 25-station project, crossing Toronto east-west along the Eglinton Avenue corridors, has had various opening dates projected. In 2020 the projected September 2021 commissioning was scrapped with this fall the new target.
Metrolinx president and CEO Phil Verster issued the following statement Sept. 23:
“We had expected the Eglinton Crosstown LRT to be fully built, thoroughly tested, and in service this fall in accordance with our project agreement with Crosslinx Transit Solutions, the construction consortium responsible for building the project.
“Unfortunately, while progress has been made, Crosslinx Transit Solutions have fallen behind schedule, are unable to finalize construction and testing, and therefore the system will not be operational on this timeline.”
Verster said Metrolinx is intent on holding the consortium accountable for the latest delay. Metrolinx, he said, will “redouble efforts to meet their commitments and complete the work quickly so we can welcome riders onto a complete, tested and fully operational Eglinton Crosstown LRT as soon as possible.”