eglinton crosstown

The first vehicles are finally running on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT in Toronto

The long-awaited opening of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line that will run 19 km and 25 stops across Toronto is finally feeling like a real thing that will actually happen, with Metrolinx at long last introducing the first trains to run on the line this week.

After part of the route was powered up for the first time earlier this month, LRT vehicles are ready to test it out before it opens for public use, and the first of six trains was shipped out and installed on the tracks yesterday.

The fleet will continue to arrive near Eglinton and Rosemount Drive in Scarborough over the course of this week and next.

Though it's certainly been exciting for residents to see the LRT trains in the flesh, it will still be some time before they can ride them; testing will continue through to December. 

And, after more than a decade of construction, we're still more than a year away from the line's full opening after numerous delays and a dispute between the construction consortium performing the work, the Province of Ontario and Metrolinx.

But, after so long, any major developments that bring us closer to the finish line are welcome.

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