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Crosslinx signs Crosstown LRT contracts

Flexity Freedom low-floor LRVs will operate the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line from 2021. (Image: Bombardier)

Infrastructure Ontario and regional transport authority Metrolinx signed the CAD91.bn fixed-price construction and maintenance contract for Toronto’s 19km (11.8-mile) Eglinton Crosstown LRT line with preferred bidder Crosslinx Transit Solutions on 3 November.

The contract with Crosslinx – comprising ACS Infrastructure Canada, Aecon, EllisDon, SNC-Lavalin and Dragados Canada – includes a 30-year maintenance agreement with funding for renewals and lifecycle repairs, and according to the province was CAD2bn under its original estimate.

The 25-stop line, offering connections to multiple bus routes, three metro stations and GO Transit commuter rail stations, will run along Eglinton Avenue between Mount Dennis (Weston Road) and Kennedy, with initial groundworks beginning in 2011. A 10km (6.2-mile) section at the western end of the line, between Keele Street and Laird Drive, will be constructed in a twin-bore tunnel, boring of which began in 2013. At the peak of construction Crosslinx estimates that 2500 workers will work on the project with around 90% of the labour coming from the Greater Toronto Area.

Flexity Freedom low-floor vehicles are to be supplied by Bombardier, which also agreed a CAD403m (EUR308m) agreement for 30 years maintenance in July.