Eglinton LRT still delayed, Metrolinx says


The much delayed Eglinton Crosstown LRT was once again delayed.

In a statement on Friday, the president and CEO of Metrolinx, the Ontario Crown corporation overseeing the project, said he expects the transit line that eats away at Eglinton Avenue with construction work for more than a decade to be completed this fall, but the company in charge of its construction had failed.

“Unfortunately, although progress has been made, Crosslinx Transit Solutions is behind schedule, unable to complete construction and testing, and therefore the system will not be operational within this timeframe,” said the CEO Phil Verster.

Verster did not specify what the new timeline was for the completion of the project.

Crosslinx did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Star.

The SLR has been under construction since 2011 and was originally scheduled for completion in 2020, but the schedule for the 19-kilometre transit line has been pushed back a few times.

Verster said Metrolinx understands that “construction has been difficult for commuters, communities and businesses along the Eglinton Corridor.”

“We are doing everything to hold Crosslinx Transit Solutions accountable and redouble our efforts to meet their commitments and complete the work quickly so that we can welcome riders on a complete, tested and fully operational Eglinton Crosstown LRT as soon as possible.”

Crosslinx is a construction consortium made up of transportation companies ACS-Dragados, Aecon, EllisDon and SNC-Lavalin.

The relationship between Metrolinx and Crosslinx has been a difficult one for several years. In 2018, the provincial transit agency paid Crosslinx an additional $237 million to keep the project on track. But in February 2020, Metrolinx blamed the delayed opening date of the LRT on Crosslinx’s failure to meet construction targets, as well as flaws in the old infrastructure under the TTC Eglinton station.

In December 2021, Metrolinx, Infrastructure Ontario and Crosslinx reached a new agreement on the cost and schedule of the 19-kilometre transit line after a legal battle over who should be responsible for the additional LRT construction costs imposed by the pandemic.

Ultimately, an Ontario Superior Court judge ruled in favor of Crosslinx, and the province had to pay Crosslinx an additional $325 million for the $5.5 billion transit project. dollars. At the time, Metrolinx said the transit line would be completed by September 2022 and ready for service in 2023.

With files from Ben Spurr

Lex Harvey is a Toronto-based transportation reporter for the Star. Follow her on Twitter: @lexharvs

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