- Officials have stated that testing on a new transit route for Toronto will begin this year, with a likely launch date of 2023.
- The proclamation of the line’s official opening date will be part of a “period of operation preparation” that begins after the end of the year.
According to officials, testing on a new transit route for Toronto will continue this year, with an opening date probably not revealed until 2023.
In downtown Toronto, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is being used for vehicle testing. The tests will resume till the end of this year during various seasons.
Full-length vehicle testing on Eglinton will continue for the rest of the year, a representative for the provincial transit authority Metrolinx told Global News.
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Eglinton Avenue had been under development for years when the project was first announced more than ten years ago.
The 19-kilometer line, which will connect many transit hubs, including both sides of Toronto’s Yonge and University subway line, is planned to be built both above and beneath.
The route will end at Kennedy Subway Station in the east, with 25 stations planned throughout. It will come to an end at Mount Dennis in the west, where there are links to the Kitchener GO line and UP Express.
According to Metrolinx, the line will make it possible for people to cross Toronto 60% more quickly than they can now.
Residents were “very thrilled” to see the project moving forward, according to a Metrolinx official.
The spokeswoman stated, “We are working aggressively with our contractor to get the project largely completed by the end of 2022.”
A “period of operation preparation” that starts after the end of the year will include the declaration of the line’s formal opening date.
Source: Global News