June 21, 2011

McGuinty Government Making Public Transit Better, Creating Tens Of Thousands Of Jobs

A new community office opening today will help local residents stay informed of progress on the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT).
The office will provide residents with up-to-date information on construction of the LRT, scheduled to start this summer. Residents can find out more by:

The LRT will be a single line running about 25 kilometres from Black Creek Drive to Scarborough Centre. With up to 26 stops, the line will be mostly underground from Black Creek to Kennedy, then partially elevated from Kennedy to the Scarborough Centre. The new line is expected to be in service in 2020 and create tens of thousands of jobs.
Investing in Ontario's roads, highways, transit, hospitals and schools is part of the government's plan to create jobs, grow local economies and ensure the province remains strong and competitive for years to come.

QUICK FACTS

The community office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Thursday 12 p.m.-8 p.m
Ontario, through Metrolinx, will be responsible for building the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown Light Rail Transit. The Province is investing $8.2 billion to build the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown.

"Our government is moving forward with the largest transit investment in a generation to get the region moving. The Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown LRT will give commuters a new east to west link across Toronto and will connect them to the Yonge-University-Spadina and Bloor-Danforth subway, TTC buses and the GO Transit network."
– Kathleen Wynne Minister of Transportation

"This is great news. The new community office will provide residents with information about the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown transit project. Our government is committed to making public transit better for Ontario families."
– Mike Colle Eglinton-Lawrence MPP

"The Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown LRT is a priority project for Metrolinx that will take the next few years to complete. The addition of a community site office allows us to open and maintain an ongoing dialogue with the community. It provides an opportunity to keep people informed about the project and how the service will transform the way the region moves once it is complete."
– Bruce McCuaig President and CEO, Metrolinx

"The Crosstown Community Office symbolizes TTC's renewed commitment to excellence in customer service and community relations. By providing accessible, pro-active communication to the community, we are taking the first step to ensure that the implementation of the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown is a success."
– Karen Stintz TTC Chair

LEARN MORE

Get more information about the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown LRT.
Follow us on Twitter.

BACKGROUNDER

The Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown

The Crosstown is a 25 kilometre rapid transit project that will connect riders from Jane/Black Creek Drive to Scarborough Centre Station. 19 kilometres will be tunneled underground from Jane/Black Creek Drive to Kennedy Station. Six kilometers from Kennedy Station to Scarborough City Centre – McCowan Station will replace the Scarborough Rapid Transit line.

The Government of Ontario through Metrolinx is investing $8.2 billion for the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown. Metrolinx will oversee the implementation of the new light rail line. TTC will deliver the project on behalf of Metrolinx.
Community Office
Location: 1848 Eglinton Avenue West at Dufferin
Summer Hours 2011:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. -5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Contact info: eglintontransit@ttc.ca
www.crosstown.ttc.ca (interim)
416-338-6310
TTY 416-481-2523

Tunnel Boring Machines

Four Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) have been ordered and will be manufactured by Lovat Inc. of Toronto. Beginning this summer, the first launch shaft-a 60 metre long, 20 metre wide, 16 metre deep pit- will be constructed on Eglinton Avenue West, east of Black Creek Drive. Tunnelling machines will be lowered by cranes into the launch shaft in summer 2012 and launched eastward. The TBMs are 6.7 metres in diameter, capable of moving 500 cubic metres of earth per day and will tunnel an average of 75 metres per week.

Since 1972, Lovat Inc. has specialized in the custom design and manufacture of TBMs and employs 380 persons in Etobicoke.

View all articles from June