Councillors, public getting stonewalled when asking why the Eglinton Crosstown project is delayed

The most recent delay in the opening of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT continues to be shrouded in secrecy. CBC Toronto has been told it's connected to engineering issues at Yonge and Eglinton, but Metrolinx won't reveal the exact cause. So, two city councillors plan to find out why.

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Neutral-President
Neutral-President
205 · 14 days ago · Reddit

“Delayed indefinitely” are two words nobody wanted to hear at this stage of the project.

Metrolinx’s lack of leadership is staggering.

Neutral-President
Neutral-President
138 · 14 days ago · Reddit

I don’t know why they are finding transparency so hard. These are complicated engineering projects. Tunnelling under existing infrastructure is risky and full of unknowns.

Maybe they’re concerned that when people find out how much cost and time is required for underground transit in densely-built areas, they’ll lose public support for all the other underground lines being planned?

The Ontario Line is planned to go under the Danforth/​Line 2 subway, under GO train tracks, under the DVP and Don River, connect to Lower Queen station, then under Osgoode, and crossing GO lines again to get to Ontario Place.

I fully anticipate several clusterfucks and massive delays along the way.

emote_control
emote_control
104 · 13 days ago · Reddit

Why is a government infrastructure agency even allowed to be secretive in the first place?

naga_viper
naga_viper
49 · 14 days ago · Reddit

If problems are at Yonge and Eglinton, I don't see why they can't operate service along the stretch between Laird and Kennedy. Barring Science Centre, all of the other stations are above ground and are completed or near completion aside from ticket machines, lighting, signage and probably a few cosmetics.

Science Centre is supposed to be a large bus hub and opening it up for service will improve the reliability by being a terminal for the following routes:

  • 54/[954] Lawrence East [Express]
  • 81 Thorncliffe Park
  • 100 Flemingdon Park
  • 162 Lawrence-Donway
  • 25/[925] Don Mills [Express]

If the underground Laird station were also able to open, it would serve 2 additional routes:

  • 51 Leslie (Replacing 56 Leaside)
  • 88 South Leaside

The 34 Eglinton East would also blend in to provide service along Eglinton between the stations. I've seen trains testing regularly along the above ground stretch between Kennedy and Science Centre. They're probably waiting to see vehicle performance during the winter months, but I really don't see a reason why they can't open it up partially come spring.

goleafsgo13
goleafsgo13
29 · 13 days ago · Reddit

This is where a ‘strong’ mayor should come and flex some muscle, helping councillors serve their constituents.

Instead we’ve got Tory in bushes, silent.

Angy_Fox13
Angy_Fox13
19 · 13 days ago · Reddit

The way the government and it's agencies treat the public nowadays is just gross.

lichking786
lichking786
14 · 13 days ago · Reddit

DUDE PLEASE GET THIS STATION BUILT. The tracks and trains are already setup and tested. Everything else is literally ready to go. Why defaq do we need such a fancy station for an LRT man.

UnoriginallyGeneric
UnoriginallyGeneric
13 · 13 days ago · Reddit

COVID saw the Salt Lake City airport expansion finish two years ahead of schedule, and even saved $300M.

What's Metrolinx' excuse? During the height of COVID there was record low ridership on the busses, they could have gotten it done a lot faster.

tiiiki
tiiiki
8 · 14 days ago · Reddit

Don't make us tear down more 150 year old trees

bewarethetreebadger
bewarethetreebadger
5 · 13 days ago · Reddit

Did anyone believe it would actually be finished on time? Or in this decade?

u565546h
u565546h
5 · 13 days ago · Reddit

"The source also said the earliest the Eglinton Crosstown could open is around this time next year."

So sounds like 2023 isn't happening. Wonder if it will be 2024.... or 2025?