Eglinton Crosstown, initially projected to open in 2020, now targets 2023 completion
TORONTO — Completion of the long-delayed Eglinton Crosstown mild rail line has been pushed again from its newest goal this fall into someday in 2023, triggering requires an inquiry into the problem-plagued transit challenge.
After Ontario transit company Metrolinx mentioned in a press release on its web site that the challenge wouldn’t meet its fall opening, the CBC reported that completion can be delayed by a couple of yr due to points associated to development of underground stations on the 11.8-mile, 25-station line.
The Toronto Star experiences that has led for native elected officers to name for an inquiry to seek out out “what the hell’s occurring,” within the phrases of native councilor Mike Colle, whereas one other council member, Josh Matlow, is asking for monetary assist for companies who’ve been harmed by the prolonged development.
An official with a neighborhood enterprise affiliation has additionally known as for a public inquiry, saying “there may be little regard for a way [the construction delay] impacts native enterprise.” Louroz Mercader, supervisor of the York-Eglinton Enterprise Enchancment Space, instructed CityNews Toronto that different main transit tasks are deliberate within the Toronto space, and town must “study from our errors of what occurred right here so we don’t repeat the identical factor in different communities.”
Development on the Eglinton Crosstown started in 2011. It had beforehand been scheduled for completion in 2020 and 2021 earlier than aiming for a gap this fall [see “Toronto prepares to open new light rail line …,” Trains News Wire, Sept. 29, 2021].