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Seems like ML made all the plans with Scarborough subway and GO rail without an extension in mind. TO came along and wanted this LRT that they have no interest to be part of the Crosstown. ML and the PCs don't seem to like it and ignored it. So there we are.
You can literally see the location of the LRT - shifted to the north - in the plans for the Line 2 extension.

Finance.

According to the preliminary estimates of the new plan, it's about $2billion cheaper than the original plan that would tie-in with the Crosstown. Elevating the line over the Stouffville Line would eat up most of those savings.
Surely the elevated piece would be on the order of hundreds of millions, not billions. There's also savings on not having to build a new station.
 

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Surely the elevated piece would be on the order of hundreds of millions, not billions. There's also savings on not having to build a new station.
What makes you think that they wouldn't need a new station? The existing one isn't high enough to allow the LRT to clear the railway tracks. If the new station was built to the east of the tracks, that reduces the height that the guideway needs to ascend to.

And considering that the elevated guideway would stretch to well east of Midland, plus would need its footings to avoid the tunnel now being built for the B-D, it's not a cheap option, either.

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A worker on site was struck by a cement truck and unfortunately, succumbed to his injuries later that afternoon. Can confirm that they're back, working on the resurfacing and expect to be flipping to the north side during the week of June 13th.
Something happened a day or two ago that has resulted in the MOL moving in and halting work.

Dan
 

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Seen at Eglinton East & Credit Union/Swift Drive, just west of the Sloane stop:


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At the O'Connor (Vic Park) stop:

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Seen at Eglinton East & Credit Union/Swift Drive, just west of the Sloane stop:





At the O'Connor (Vic Park) stop:

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I really think some colossally bad planning decisions were made with this line, but its still going to be great to see it open. It's going to be miles better than the bus, and maybe it will light a fire under the TTC to do some stuff it should have already been doing with the streetcars.
 

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Lets play "spot the bike lane" in these pics, because besides the O'Conner pic, they are basically non-existent

To be fair, they haven't painted the lanes in the other pictures. Now this doesn't change the fact that even when the lines are painted, this is still one of the worst implementation of a bike lane. Unfortunately, the bike lanes were designed before the City solidified their separated bike lane requirements.
 

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Lets play "spot the bike lane" in these pics, because besides the O'Conner pic, they are basically non-existent
Of courses they are missing as stripping of lanes have yet to be done. I have seen lanes for bikes in various locations.
 

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Eglinton Crosstown LRT​

Construction Notice
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Lane Reductions on Eglinton Avenue West Between Weston Road and Black Creek Drive for Landscaping Works and Guardrail Installations​

Thursday, June 9, 2022​

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As early as Thursday, June 9, 2022, crews at Mount Dennis Station will begin landscaping works and guardrail installations along Eglinton Avenue West between Weston Road and Black Creek Drive. To facilitate this work, eastbound and westbound traffic on Eglinton Avenue West will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Weston Road and Black Creek Drive. Lane reduction will only be in place while work takes place and will be reinstated at the end of the workday. This work is expected to take place on Monday – Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. for approximately three (3) months.

What to Expect​

Expect delays while travelling through the area. Noise from construction activities can be expected. Traffic control personnel and/or a Paid Duty Officer will be present while traffic changes are being implemented. Hours of Work
  • As early as Thursday, June 9, 2022, for approximately three (3) months.
  • Construction activities are expected to take place on Monday – Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • This work may be rescheduled or delayed due to inclement weather and/or unforeseen circumstances.
  • Work may be longer or shorter than expected.

Traffic Details​

  • Eastbound and westbound traffic on Eglinton Avenue West will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Weston Road and Black Creek Drive.
  • Lane reductions will only be in place while work takes place and will be reinstated at the end of each workday.

Pedestrians Details​

  • No changes to the current pedestrian routes are expected as a result of this work.​

Transit Information​

  • Access to TTC will be maintained at all times.
  • Please visit www.ttc.ca for more information.
 

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Testing for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is in full swing. Read below for a behind-the-scenes look at recent test runs, and updates about the LRV’s next steps.

If you live near Eglinton, you may have seen some new vehicles hitting the road recently.

The Eglinton Crosstown LRT testing has made major progress as full-speed testing continues along parts of the route.

After a successful test run on May 1 where trains went up to 80 km/h, the trains went full-speed again on May 8.

This test ran underground, spanning from Avenue Station to the east portal (Brentcliffe Road).

With testing underway at top speeds both underground and at street level, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is taking important steps toward completion.

Specifically, the highest safe speeds for this route are 80 km/h underground and 60 km/h at street level – and these speeds are almost ready to be tested along the entire route.

With each test, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT moves closer to completion – so keep an eye out, because soon, full-speed tests will begin along the whole line.

An LRV ready for full-speed testing at the east portal. (Metrolinx photo)
Safety is important during testing

Metrolinx and Crosslinx are reminding everyone to be careful while light rail vehicles are running along Eglinton Avenue.

Always follow all traffic signals, remember to be careful of the tracks, and only make left turns where it’s safe to do so.

Check Metrolinx News regularly for Crosstown LRT updates and follow the project on social media for the latest.

Story by Abby Zinman, Metrolinx editorial co-op student
 

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Do the electrical poles (don't know the right term) carry the local electrical power in addition to LRT power?
I drove along the east side and noticed that the poles were huge compared to the ones on St Clair, that there were two sets of wires and none along the road. I don't remember reading about it.
 

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Do the electrical poles (don't know the right term) carry the local electrical power in addition to LRT power?
I drove along the east side and noticed that the poles were huge compared to the ones on St Clair, that there were two sets of wires and none along the road. I don't remember reading about it.

No, it's strictly for ELRT. Pantograph wiring is considerably heavier than what trolley polls typically use: the wires are a larger gauge, there are more of them, and they have weights for tension.

TTCs transitional wiring can support both, but isn't very durable and will most likely be upscaled the next time resurfacing is required, presuming we continue to use pantographs with the next LRT order (2040?).
 
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Even at that, the Eglinton poles are a lot more massive than what, say, Edmonton’s Valley Line uses for the same purpose and vehicles.

Just a different approach to the engineering design - ML is accustomed to bigger, better, cost no object, and cityscape sensitivities are irrelevant.. Other jurisdictions might try to keep the cost a bit lower and the product less intrusive.

- Paul
 

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Even at that, the Eglinton poles are a lot more massive than what, say, Edmonton’s Valley Line uses for the same purpose and vehicles.

Just a different approach to the engineering design - ML is accustomed to bigger, better, cost no object, and cityscape sensitivities are irrelevant.. Other jurisdictions might try to keep the cost a bit lower and the product less intrusive.

- Paul
even vs the finch west... those poles are considerably shorter. i think this one was their first real crack at pole design and FW is the lessons learned.
I recall already making a comment years ago about how gigantic the poles were
 

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Testing for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is in full swing. Read below for a behind-the-scenes look at recent test runs, and updates about the LRV’s next steps.

If you live near Eglinton, you may have seen some new vehicles hitting the road recently.

The Eglinton Crosstown LRT testing has made major progress as full-speed testing continues along parts of the route.

After a successful test run on May 1 where trains went up to 80 km/h, the trains went full-speed again on May 8.

This test ran underground, spanning from Avenue Station to the east portal (Brentcliffe Road).

With testing underway at top speeds both underground and at street level, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is taking important steps toward completion.

Specifically, the highest safe speeds for this route are 80 km/h underground and 60 km/h at street level – and these speeds are almost ready to be tested along the entire route.

With each test, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT moves closer to completion – so keep an eye out, because soon, full-speed tests will begin along the whole line.

An LRV ready for full-speed testing at the east portal. (Metrolinx photo)
Safety is important during testing

Metrolinx and Crosslinx are reminding everyone to be careful while light rail vehicles are running along Eglinton Avenue.

Always follow all traffic signals, remember to be careful of the tracks, and only make left turns where it’s safe to do so.

Check Metrolinx News regularly for Crosstown LRT updates and follow the project on social media for the latest.

Story by Abby Zinman, Metrolinx editorial co-op student
Anyone have any videos of this thing running at full-speed? I want to believe that it won't run at a snail's pace, but this is Toronto so I don't.

Prove my belief system wrong!
 

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