LRT tunnels a $54M bore

Who says Toronto’s new light rail lines won’t be as good as a subway?

 

Who says Toronto’s new light rail lines won’t be as good as a subway?

Metrolinx has ordered four giant tunnel-boring machines for $54 million to build the underground section of the Eglinton Crosstown Transit City light rail line.

“The LRT in the 11- to 12-kilometre tunnel is a subway in the sense that it is rail cars travelling underground with underground stations and no other traffic,” said Metrolinx head Rob Prichard.

 

The beauty of the LRT, he says, is that at the end of the tunnel, riders can stay on the same vehicle and ride above ground all the way to Kennedy station rather than transferring to a bus or streetcar.

 
 
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