Eglinton Crosstown line
The Eglinton Crosstown line is a light rail line under construction in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to be owned by Metrolinx and operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). It was conceived in 2007 by then Toronto Mayor David Miller and then chair of the TTC Adam Giambrone as part of Transit City, a large-scale transit expansion plan consisting of other proposed light rail transit lines.
The Eglinton Crosstown Line was conceived as the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, a partially underground light rail line, announced in 2007 by Toronto Mayor David Miller and TTC chair Adam Giambrone. It was part of the Transit City plan, which included the implementation of six other light rail lines across Toronto. The original version of the line would have run from Pearson Airport along Silver Dart Road to Convair Drive. The line would have then turned southwest, bridging over Highway 401 to reach Commerce Boulevard on the other side, where it would run south to reach Eglinton Avenue and the east end of the Mississauga Transitway. The rest of the line would run east along Eglinton Avenue, including a portion along which the proposed Eglinton West subway line would have been built. The line would then cut across the city, connecting with the Yonge-University and Bloor-Danforth subways, and with the Scarborough RT.
There were 43 stops planned for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, 13 of which would be underground. Surface stops would be spaced on average 500 metres (550 yd) apart and the underground stations would be 850m apart on average, as constructing numerous underground stops would be costly. The average speed would be 28 kilometres per hour (17 mph), compared with the existing bus routes along Eglinton that have an average speed of 16 to 18 km/h (9.9 to 11.2 mph). The line would terminate at Kennedy Station to the east in Scarborough where it would meet Line 2 Bloor–Danforth, the proposed Scarborough Malvern LRT and the Stouffville GO train line. The expected cost was $4.6 billion. As a result of provincial funding cuts, construction of the line was divided into two phases: Phase One would end at Jane Street, and Phase Two would terminate as originally planned at Pearson Airport.
Miller's successor, Rob Ford, announced the cancellation of Transit City on 1 December 2010, the day he took office. He redesigned the line and referred it to the "Eglinton–Scarborough Crosstown line", which put the 19-kilometre line along Eglinton Avenue completely underground. The line would then follow a renovated route of the Scarborough RT, thus forming a single line contiguously from Black Creek Drive to McCowan. The cost would almost double to $8.2 billion and, compared to the original plan, 18 fewer stops were planned. Most of the additional cost comes from putting 12 additional stations underground and for converting the Scarborough RT.
On 8 February 2012, in a special meeting, Toronto City Council, led by Karen Stintz, voted 25–18 to override Mayor Ford's modifications to the project. The vote reinstated the original proposal to only construct the portion between Laird Drive and Keele Street underground while the remainder of the line is built along the surface. On 30 November 2012, the environmental assessment was revised, such that the east tunnel portal location would be moved from east of Brentciffe to east of Don Mills, however this was reversed in May 2013 after receiving community feedback. In January 2013, Toronto City Councillors from Scarborough put forward an alternative plan to proceed with the construction of the Eglinton Avenue portion of the line as planned, but to exclude the Scarborough RT from the line. In July 2013, plans for an "Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown" line were abandoned, thereby reverting the entire line back to the plan that had been conceived under Transit City.
The Eglinton Crosstown line will run underground for 10 km (6.2 mi) from Mount Dennis to just east of Brentcliffe Road before rising to the surface to continue another 9 km (5.6 mi) to end at Kennedy Station.
On July 28, 2010, Metrolinx ordered four TBMs at a cost of $54 million. The TBMs were named Dennis, Lea, Humber, and Don. The names were chosen by Jason Paris, a moderator of the Urban Toronto blog and forums. Dennis is named after Mount Dennis, Lea is named after Leaside, Humber is named after the Humber River, and Don is named after the Don River. The names Dennis and Lea combined allude to the poet Dennis Lee. By the time all four machines reach Yonge Street, enough dirt will have been removed to fill the Air Canada Centre to the height of the CN Tower.
In October 2011, the first part of tunnel construction began with the construction of a launch shaft for tunnel boring machines (TBMs) at Black Creek Drive.
On February 22, 2013, tunnel boring machines Don and Lea arrived in Keelesdale Park.
In June 2013, the TBMs Don and Lea began tunnelling on the line. Traffic on Eglinton Avenue near Keele Street was reduced to one lane in each direction.
On November 12, 2013, MetroLinx awarded a contract to construct the eastern portion of the Crosstown to a joint venture between Aecon Group Inc. and ACS Dragados Canada Inc. to construct the eastern portion of the line between Yonge and Laird.
In March 2014, work began to clear utilities and trees on the south side of Eglinton Avenue just east of Brentcliffe Road in order to set up the eastern launch shaft. For two and a half years, traffic around the excavation site will be reduced from two to one lane in each direction. West of the site, more lane restrictions will go into effect to construct head walls (below-ground walls that form the ends of each subway station) at the future Laird, Bayview and Mt. Pleasant stations. There will also be lane restrictions for two years near Hanna Road to build an emergency exit near Leaside High School.
By April 2014, the TBMs had arrived at Caledonia LRT station. In April 2014, The Globe and Mail reported that the two western tunnel boring machines were excavating "approximately 1,000 cubic yards of spoil", per day.
For the year prior to May 2014, the two TBMs Don and Lea had been excavating and installing concrete tunnel liners at a rate of approximately 10 metres (33 ft) per day. The tunnels are lined with precast concrete liner segments. Six 2.5 tonne-segments form each ring.
In early December 2014, both Dennis and Lea arrived at Eglinton West station. Dennis stopped to allow Lea to catch up, so that they would arrive at Eglinton West station at the same time.
On the weekend of April 18–19, 2015, the boring machines, Dennis and Lea, were lifted out of a shaft west of Allen Road and moved about 100 metres to a shaft just east of Allen Road.
In April 2015, merchants along Eglinton Avenue West were complaining of lost revenue (up to a 35% dip in sales) because construction was discouraging customers with snarled traffic, limited parking options, reduced foot traffic and dusty sidewalks.
In the summer of 2015, the TBMs Don and Humber will arrive and be assembled in the shaft at Brentcliffe Road before starting to drill the 3.25-kilometre (2.02 mi) section west to Yonge Street.
Sometime in 2016, a segment of Eglinton Avenue East will be dug up to extract the tunnel boring machines Humber and Don, when they reach Yonge Street. However, the hole in the street there will be much smaller than the one near Leslie Street.
The following is the list of stops proposed as of 2013:
|Mount Dennis||Underground||See main article. Connection to Kitchener line, potential stop for Union Pearson Express|
|Keele||Underground||See main article|
|Caledonia||Underground||See main article. Future connection to Barrie line|
|Dufferin||Underground||See main article|
|Oakwood||Underground||See main article.|
|Eglinton West||Underground||See main article. Connection to Line 1 (University segment)|
|Bathurst||Underground||See main article.|
|Chaplin||Underground||See main article.|
|Avenue||Underground||See main article.|
|Eglinton||Underground||See main article. Connection to Line 1 (Yonge segment)|
|Mount Pleasant||Underground||See main article.|
|Bayview||Underground||See main article.|
|Laird||Underground||See main article. Easternmost station of the underground central section.|
|Leslie||At grade||See main article. Westernmost of the at grade stops. Side platforms east of Leslie Street.|
|Don Mills||Underground||See main article.|
|Ferrand||At grade||Side platforms west of Don Valley Parkway.|
|Wynford||At grade||Side platforms on opposite sides of a new pedestrian crosswalk, which will cross Eglinton west of the bridge over Wynford Drive. GO Transit's Richmond Hill line crosses under Eglinton a short diatance to the east, but no contingency has been made for a connection.|
|Bermondsey||At grade||Centre platform east of Bermondsey Road/Sloane Avenue.|
|Victoria Park||At grade||Side platforms east from Victoria Park Avenue to O'Connor Drive.|
|Pharmacy||At grade||Side platforms east of Pharmacy Avenue.|
|Lebovic||At grade||Side platforms on opposite sides of Lebovic Avenue/Hakimi Avenue.|
|Warden||At grade||Side platforms on opposite sides of Warden Avenue.|
|Birchmount||At grade||Side platforms east of Birchmount Road.|
|Ionview||At grade||Side platforms west of Ionview Road.|
|Kennedy||Underground||See main article. Connection to Bloor–Danforth and Kennedy GO Station for Stouffville line|
Operating characteristics of the line include:
- Usage of automatic train control on the underground section of Eglinton Crosstown.
- On the surface, usage of dedicated right-of-way transit lanes separate from regular traffic.
- On the surface, usage of priority signalling at intersections to ensure certainty in travel times.
- Light rail vehicles and subways can both travel as fast as 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph). However, actual speed is determined by the spacing of the stops and the dwell times between stops. Crosstown vehicles will have an average speed of 28 kilometres per hour (17 mph). As a comparison, the average speed of the Bloor-Danforth subway is 32 kilometres per hour (20 mph).
- The projected ridership of the line is 5,400 passengers per hour in the peak direction by 2031, but the capacity of the vehicles is 15,000 passengers per hour per direction.
- The Presto card will be available for use across the line.
In a later phase, it has been proposed that the Eglinton Crosstown be extended westward from Mount Dennis along Eglinton Avenue West to Toronto Pearson International Airport. However, that plan is in doubt as Mayor John Tory's SmartTrack proposal would follow much of that same route into Mississauga.
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An LRT would use the same route as the SRT. It would be 9.9 km versus 7.6 km of subway. The LRT would have seven stations, the subway, only three.
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Glenn DeBaeremaeker (Ward 38, Scarborough Centre) said the latest TTC report gives him new confidence that there will be a subway underway in Scarborough within a decade.
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Parts for the next two tunnel-boring machines to work on digging underground parts of the line — nicknamed Don and Humber — will arrive this summer and be assembled in the shaft, before they start drilling the 3.25-kilometre section west to Yonge St.
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As tunnel boring machines continue to etch their path eastbound underneath Eglinton Avenue from Keele Street for the western leg of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project, a winning bidder has been announced for the eastern section of tunnel, which will run from Brentciffe Road to Yonge Street, starting just east of the easternmost underground station at Laird Drive.
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“It’s a seemingly simple process that’s actually very high tech,” said Kramer. The first of the two tunneling machines (dubbed Dennis) entered the ground June of 2013 and has made it to Caledonia Rd. from its starting point at Black Creek Dr. The other machine, Lea, is just behind.
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Headwalls that will form the box of the stations have been installed at Keele Street and Caledonia Road, and work is under way on one at Dufferin Street. The TBMs go right through headwalls after they have been built, in order to ensure a tight seal, and the two at work in this area are now on either side of what will eventually be the Caledonia LRT station.
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Digging 50 feet below street level, the 81-metre long TBMs nicknamed Dennis and Lea are currently located in the vicinity of Caledonia Road, one of 12 underground Crosstown stations planned for the route. They are expected to reach the Allen later this year, when they will be redeployed beyond Eglinton West subway station to continue the dig east towards Yonge Street.
- Eglinton Crosstown TBM Tracker
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