The last part of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT track is now complete

TORONTO – Toronto is one step closer to seeing a finished Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

Metrolinx announced the “exciting milestone” Tuesday in a blog post, saying the last section of the railroad track has been laid at Eglinton Station.

“With the last clip, all the tracks along the 19-mile-long LRT line are now in place between Mount Dennis Station in the west and Kennedy Station in the east,” the transit agency said.

“Just to make the moment extra special, the last clip was painted gold.”

To mark the milestone, the crosstown team recreated a famous scene from when the Canadian Pacific Railway crews drove into the last railroad tip in 1885.

Crosslinx crew

Metrolinx says it will now install an overheating system, train signals, communication systems and other features that allow light rail vehicles to run on the line.

Construction is expected to continue into 2022.

“While not exactly the same as completing a cross-country railroad, this week’s milestone is a major step toward completing Toronto’s latest high-speed transit line – one that will benefit the next generation of transit riders across the region,” Metrolinx said.

Back in October, CTV News Toronto was able to get its first glimpse of what LRT will look like.

The new trains can run up to 60 kilometers per hour above ground and 80 kilometers per hour underground.

Metrolinx expects to transport 15,000 people east and west across Eglinton Avenue each day. Each car is capable of transporting about 170 people.

With files from CTV News Toronto’s Beth Macdonell

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