Tests on a new transit line in Toronto are set to continue this year, with an opening date unlikely to be announced until 2023, officials say.
Vehicle testing takes place along the Eglinton Crosstown LRT in Midtown Toronto. Tests will continue in different seasons until the end of this year.
“From east to west, full-length vehicle testing will continue at Eglinton for the remainder of the year,” a spokesman for Metrolinx provincial transportation authority told Global News.
The project was first announced more than a decade ago while Eglinton Avenue was under construction for years.
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The line will be built both above and below ground, will be 19 kilometers long and will connect multiple transit stations, including both sides of Toronto’s Yonge and University subway lines.
25 stations are planned along the route, terminating at Kennedy Subway Station to the east. It will terminate at Mount Dennis to the west, with connections to the UP Express and Kitchener GO lines.
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Metrolinx estimates the line will allow people to traverse Toronto 60 percent faster than current travel times.
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The Metrolinx spokesman said residents are “really excited” about the progress of the project.
“We are working diligently with our contractor to substantially complete the project by the end of 2022,” the spokesman said.
After the end of the year, there will be an “operational period” during which an official opening date for the line will also be announced.
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https://globalnews.ca/news/9015334/eglinton-crosstown-lrt-full-line-testing/ Full testing of Eglinton Crosstown LRT route will continue through late 2022 – Toronto