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June 10, 2015

Metrolinx selects Crosslinx as preferred proponent for Canada’s Eglinton Crosstown LRT

Crosslinx Transit Solutions has been named as preferred proponent by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx to design, build, finance and maintain the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) in Toronto, Canada.

By Samseer M

TBM

Crosslinx Transit Solutions has been named as preferred proponent by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx to design, build, finance and maintain the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) in Toronto, Canada.

Selected through an open, competitive procurement process, Crosslinx prime team members include ACS Infrastructure Canada, Aecon, EllisDon, SNC-Lavalin and Dragados Canada.

Final contract details will be negotiated by IO and Metrolinx with Crosslinx in the next coming months.

"The Eglinton Crosstown project demonstrates our bold vision to invest in transportation infrastructure across Ontario."

The contract award and signing will take place later this year, which will include details of project cost, design and expected construction schedule.

Canada Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure Minister Brad Duguid said: "The Eglinton Crosstown project demonstrates our bold vision to invest in transportation infrastructure across Ontario.

"This significant project will spur economic activity in the Toronto region, creating hundreds of jobs, reducing congestion and helping us build a more prosperous province for future generations."

Metrolinx president and CEO Bruce McCuaig said: "For Metrolinx, the Eglinton Crosstown project represents a significant investment in expanded transit for Toronto, and a new integrated line that will change the way people travel across the city."

Eglinton Crosstown LRT, which is commonly referred to as Crosstown, is a 19km-long line being constructed from Kennedy Station to Mount Dennis (Weston Road).

Approximately 10km of the line will be located underground between Keele Street and Laird Drive and up to 25 stations and stops, linking to bus routes, three subway stations and various GO Transit lines.

Construction on the Eglinton Crosstown began in 2011 and is expected to provide transit service that is said to be up to 60% faster than bus service.


Image: Opening for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT entryway for its tunnel boring machine at Black Creek Drive. Photo: courtesy of Geo Swan (talk) via Wikipedia.

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