Eglinton Crosstown LRT Updates

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Important information for pedestrians at Cedarvale and Eglinton Stations

Construction at Cedarvale Station (aka Eglinton West Station) is in full swing with tunnel concrete pours, utility relocations, and shoring activities underway at three different sites. To accommodate activities at each of these sites, pedestrian pathways around the construction zones and at the intersection had to be changed. Our Community Relations team has been out talking to pedestrians to inform them about route changes, and helping them navigate the new crosswalk changes. Please take care when travelling around Eglinton and Allen Road and obey signals.
As well, work at the future interchange station at Yonge and Eglinton requires the closure of the north-south crosswalk on the east side of the Yonge-Eglinton, and the east-west crosswalk on the south side of the Yonge-Eglinton for approximately 3 to 4 months. On July 21, the team from the East Community Office was at the intersection communicating the crosswalk closure to pedestrians. For more information about this work, please read the detailed construction noticeposted on the website.

First Piece of Track Installed

On August 9, the first piece of track was installed at the future site of the maintenance and storage facility at Mount Dennis. This marked another major milestone in the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project.

Crews installed a “turnout track” that will be part of the 8.5 kilometres of track system that will move vehicles through the maintenance and storage facility. The facility is the first component of the Crosstown project scheduled for completion, and will be ready in 2018.

Did you know? Work has started on the Crosstown’s Surface Section

The eastern half of the future Eglinton LRT line will be a 9-kilometre surface section where the light rail vehicles will travel in the centre of Eglinton Avenue East in a dedicated right-of-way separated from traffic. Along this section, there will be ten accessible surface stops, conveniently located at major intersection between Leslie Street and Ionview Road.

This summer, the at-grade portion of the line will start to see more action as we begin work on the surface stops. To prepare for the construction of the surface section, crews have started the median removal work in the roadway as part of the preparatory works. To conduct this work safely, lane reductions are necessary, and turning restrictions may be required at some intersections. Pedestrians may be rerouted through temporary pedestrian walkways, and TTC bus stops may be relocated to ensure safe access for passengers. For more information about this work, please review the detailed construction notice on the website.

Presenting Gallery City – a Crosstown art crawl and contest!

From now until August 25, Eglinton is being transformed into Gallery City. Over 40 different businesses from Mount Dennis to Laird are displaying works of art from local artists. The artwork is varied, ranging from massive photography pieces to portraits and abstract items – there’s something for everyone!

Not only can you experience the art in street-side galleries, but you can win your favourite piece. Ballots are free, and you can enter once per piece. The winners will be announced online in September.

For complete details, including businesses’ and artists’ directories, visit

In Your Communities: Capturing the Spirit of the Thorncliffe Community

Over three months in the spring of 2017, we worked in partnership with the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office (TNO) and the PATCH Project (a social enterprise operated by The STEPS Initiative) to develop a mural for the Laird Station construction site.

From July 4 to July 7, youth of all ages gathered in the hub of Thorncliffe Park to paint the mural together. Over these four very sunny days, the youth of Thorncliffe brought the boards to life, taking them from blank to bursting with colour!

The mural’s design was informed by the youth in the Thorncliffe community. Curtia Wright, the local artist who mentored the youth on this project, took everything she heard and came up with the mural’s concept – Community Spirit – meant to capture the diversity and family-like nature of Thorncliffe Park, and highlights the area’s  abundant access to nature and pays homage to local landmarks, both old and new.

Check out the Laird Station Mural Project photo album on the Crosstown’s Facebook page.

Empowering the Future Generation of Women in Construction

The Eglinton Crosstown’s constructor, Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS), is working to educate young women about opportunities in construction, including careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) and the skilled trades. Crosslinx hosted a series of workshops with the YWCA Girls’ Centre, and was present at the Skills Ontario Young Women’s Conference to provide girls an inside look at careers in construction and what it means to be a woman working in a male-dominated industry. We captured it all on video! Take a look at how the girls were inspired!

Upcoming Events

The Crosstown Community Relations Team will be at a number of community events this summer to answer your questions! Please drop by our booth and say “hi”! 

Scarborough Community Multicultural Festival
Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Scarborough Civic Centre, Albert Campbell Square, 150 Borough Drive

Community Information Meeting of St. Hilda’s Parkette
A community information meeting will be held to reveal design plans of the parkette for the new Fairbank Station, at Dufferin and Eglinton, currently under construction. The community will be presented with an overview that will include the public space, proposed fountain design, surrounding elements and benefits.
Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Venue:St. Hilda’s Towers, 2353 Dufferin Street

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